Germán Augusto Gutiérrez has served as Director of Orchestras
and Associate Professor of Orchestral Studies at Fort Worth's Texas
Christian University (TCU) as well as Director of TCU's Latin American
Music Center and biennial Latin American Music Festival since 1996.
Since 2000, Maestro Gutiérrez has also served as Music Director
of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth (YOGFW).
Dr. Gutiérrez is a frequent guest conductor of professional
orchestras in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. He recently recorded a CD with the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Binelli and Polly Reman as soloists. Recent invitations include, the Filarmonica de Lima, Peru; Filarmonica de Bogota, Colombia; finals the Hebei Symphony Orchestra of China, the Free State Symphony Orchestra in South Africa, and the Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Czech Republic National Symphonies. In 2011 the TCU Symphony Orchestra, under his baton, was awarded the Carlos Gardel Musical Award for its CD "Cantar Latinoamericano" with the vocal group Opus Cuatro as soloists. This award lead to the invitation for the orchestra to perform in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina in May 2013. In 2008 he returned for an unprecedented twelfth year as guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Hispanic Festival.
In 2006 he was invited to conduct the Czech National Symphony in historic Smetana Hall as part of the 110th anniversary of Carl Orff's birth, where he led the orchestra in a performance of Carmina Burana. Maestro Gutierrez has also appeared with the symphony orchestras of Shanghai in China, Xalapa and San Luis Potosi in Mexico, the Fort Worth Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic in New Zealand, Bogota Philharmonic, Puerto Rico National Symphony, Sinfonica del Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, among others. In 2002 Maestro Gutierrez was invited to the Trentino region of Italy to conduct Rossini's Barber of Seville for the 30th anniversary of the Pergine Spettacolo Aperto.
Under his baton, the TCU Symphony and the YOGFW have achieved exceptional
levels of recognition in Fort Worth and abroad. Both groups have traveled
on numerous international tours, obtaining enthusiastic reviews, including
repeat invitations as the featured orchestra to engagements such as the Iberoamerican Music Festival
in Puerto Rico, and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention
in San Antonio. With the TCU Symphony, Maestro Gutiérrez has also conducted the
world premieres of more than twelve contemporary works. In 2004, Maestro
Gutiérrez led the YOGFW on a tour of Europe, including performances
in Salzburg's Mozarteum and the Eisenstad's tEsterházy Palace in Austria, and a concert in Prague.
Maestro Gutiérrez holds Músico Bachiller and Maestro en
Música degrees from the Tolima Conservatory in Colombia. He also
received a master's degree from Illinois State University and a doctoral
degree from the University of Northern Colorado. For his involvement
and dedication to TCU, Maestro Gutiérrez received the Dean's
Teaching Award, the Dean's Award for Research and Creative Activity,
and the 2003 Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research and Creative
Activity, the highest award that the university bestows.
He makes his home in Fort Worth with his wife Silvia and two sons Nicolas, and Gabriel.