Described as instinctive and very gifted, Lorenzo Guggenheim, is a conductor with an emerging career conducting opera, new music and the broad orchestral repertoire. Hailed as “one of the promises in orchestral conducting in Argentina with international projection,” Mr. Guggenheim’s career was launched with his debut in the Teatro Colón in Argentina at age 23 and his performance with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile in 2014, after which he moved to Seattle where he collaborated with the Seattle Symphony’s Prokofiev and Shostakovich festivals in 2016-18 and was twice a Fellow with music director Ludovic Morlot.
Hailing from Buenos Aires, Guggenheim moved to Toronto in 2018 and quickly founded the UofT Campus Philharmonic Orchestra which he serves as Music Director. With the Campus Philharmonic Orchestra, they perform in MacMillan Theatre twice per year for wide audiences. Future engagements include a program of 20th Century music with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and his second invitation with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra to conduct Debussy’s Nocturnes. He currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the University of Toronto Contemporary Music Ensemble under Wallace Halliday as well as with the UofT Symphony Orchestra, under Uri Mayer.
His past guest conducting engagements include the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mar del Plata where music critic Eduardo Balestena of La Capital stated “…an expert, perfectionist and seriously formed conductor”. Other highlights include Orquesta Sinfónica de Entre Ríos, University of Washington Symphony and Campus Orchestras, UW Opera, and Modern Ensemble, Miami Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, and Orquesta Acádemica in the prestigious Teatro Colón. In 2018, Guggenheim conducted the North American premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s The Maiden from the Sea to a sold-out audience in collaboration with the composer for the New Music Festival at the University of Toronto. He received excellent reviews from local media: “Under conductor Lorenzo Guggenheim, the 23-member ensemble played with complete unanimity of concentration and produced a gorgeous texture of sound” (Christopher Hoile/Stage Door). In 2019, Mr. Guggenheim was selected as Apprentice Conductor by Orchestra Toronto and invited to conduct in George Weston Recital Hall.
Mr. Guggenheim was invited to give the valedictory speech for his master’s degree graduation ceremony from the University of Washington where he was awarded a full scholarship for his studies. He graduated with honors from the Catholic University of Argentina and is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto where he studies under the mentorship of Uri Mayer on a full scholarship for his doctoral degree. He is currently researching the life and works of Franz Schreker.
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