Felipe Tristan, Music Director
The time has come. I could not be any more excited to announce this project: The Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, an ensemble that promotes and celebrates music from the Americas, along with standard classical repertoire.
Starting SO Americas! has long been a dream of mine, and I am thrilled to bring it to life thanks to the support of extraordinary musicians, artists, and cultural institutions.
For years, as a performing artist and audience member, I have been surprised by the shortage of concert programming of American and Latin American composers’ repertoire, within major orchestras, and medium - and smaller companies.
Now is the time to do it. Now is the time to change this and make music from the Americas as exciting and appreciated as Beethoven’s 5th, Brahms 1st, or Mozart's 41st. We need an orchestra like this; we need many orchestras like this, with the mission to promote and celebrate music because of its artistic value, regardless of its origin. Orchestras that eagerly look beyond the norm, experiment with cross-cultural collaborations and multimedia performances, that aim to keep the art form alive by adapting to our modern times while also honoring and celebrating the greatest works from the past.
The times we live in should not be remembered by the current tensions around the globe, but by how we overcome them. It brings to mind a famous quote by the great Leonard Bernstein: "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."
New York City, irrefutable arts capital of the world, is the perfect multi-cultural scenario for this to happen; the ideal place to host the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas.
The time has come.
Mexican conductor, Felipe Tristan recently made his conducting debut in Carnegie Hall, as part of the Season Finale of Redes USA. He has conducted ensembles in the United States and Mexico, including the Filarmónica Juvenil de Nuevo León, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Queens College Workshop Orchestra, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, both in workshops and in concerts. In 2015, he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. The 2016-2017 season marks his debut in front of the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas.
In 2011, Mr. Tristan won a place in the Kenan Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center, a prestigious program for emerging artists. As a flutist, he has received awards from the Winston-Salem Foundation, Organization of American States, DW Productions, Conarte, and was a 1st Prize Winner of the New York Sinfonietta’s concerto competition. Among his mentors are Dr. Mark Shapiro, Tong Chen, Dr. Tadeu Coelho and Ransom Wilson, Music Director of the Redlands Symphony. He has received instruction in several conducting workshops and classes under the guidance of Maurice Peress, Dorothy Savitch, George Rothman, Donald Portnoy, Paul Nadler, Tito Muñoz, Tong Chen, Kirk Trevor, and Franz Anton Krager.