Germán Augusto Gutiérrez

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.

"…totally adept at the multilayered expressiveness and control that is the
hallmark of a fine conductor."
-Fort Worth Star Telegram

"From the downbeat to the last chord, the orchestra followed the fluid baton of Germán Gutiérrez, who conducted with the energy and precision necessary to the complex and contrasting dynamics of the piece."
-Il Trentino (Italy)

"In this difficult program…Maestro Germán Gutiérrez [conducting by memory] took the musicians to their highest level."
-El Nuevo Día (Colombia)

Named in the Top Ten of the "Best of 2002" by the
Fort Worth Star Telegram

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Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297500
Fort Worth, TX 76129