Signature Symphony Director: Andrés Franco

Portraits of Andrés Franco

Not too often do I get a full concert hall at my disposal but photos with Andres allowed just that. I worked in conjunction with the house crew to balance my photography lighting with their house LED lights.


Recently named Music Director of the Signature Symphony at TCC and Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Andrés Franco has established himself as a conductor to watch. 

Mr. Franco’s 2014-15 highlights included subscription debuts with the Columbus and Fort Worth symphony orchestras,  as well as return engagements with the Houston and Saint Louis symphonies.  In 2015-16, he will make subscription debuts with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and will return to conduct the Corpus Christi and Fort Worth symphony orchestras.

A frequent guest conductor in the U.S., Europe, and South America, Andrés Franco has appeared with the Elgin, El Paso, Eugene, Lake Forest, Mississippi, Springfield, and Stockton symphony orchestras, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/Spain, the National Symphony Orchestra/Peru, as well as with the National Symphony, Bogotá Philharmonic, Medellin Philharmonic, and EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in Colombia.  Festival appearances include the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia.

Mr. Franco formerly served as Music Director of the Philharmonia of Kansas City (2004-2010), as Associate and Resident Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (2009-2014), and as Leonard Slatkin’s Assistant Conductor during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2013).

A native of Colombia, Andrés Franco is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the Americas.  As Principal Conductor of Caminos del Inka, he has led many performances of Latin American music by composers of our time, such as Jimmy López, Gabriela Frank, and the popular Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla. 

Born into a musical family, Andrés Franco began piano studies with his father, Jorge Franco.  An accomplished pianist, he studied with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jose Feghali and attended piano workshops with Rudolph Buchbinder in Switzerland and Lev Naumov in France.  He studied conducting with Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier, Helmut Rilling, Gerard Schwarz and Leonard Slatkin. 

Mr. Franco holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as master of music degrees in Piano Performance and Conducting from Texas Christian University.  

Andrés Franco is married to Victoria Luperi, Principal Clarinetist in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.