The Houston Symphony Orchestra, which went off the radar some time ago in its slow search for a successor to the unprepossessing Hans Graf, has gone for a 36 year-old Colombian with a rising European profile.
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, a complete unknown in the US, has just turned down the job of music director in Cologne and is getting high ratings for his charismatic guest conducting with other orchs. Word is, he blew the Houston players’ socks off.
“I immediately felt a striking and energizing chemistry between Andrés and the orchestra,” said Principal Second Violin Jennifer Owen. “There was an overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic response from the musicians during his first week with us, and if anything, the musicians were more excited following our second encounter with him. We are looking forward to some thrilling performances for the orchestra and audience alike in the years ahead!” They’re in for a lively time.
photo: IMG Artists/ Werner Kmetitsch