Special Guest Conductor (Cycle “X” 2019)
Praised for her "attention to orchestral colors" (OperaWire) and ability to create "lightning changes in tempo, meter and effect" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Lina Gonzalez-Granados has firmly established herself locally and abroad as a talented conductor of opera, classical, and contemporary music. From 2017-19, served Lina as the Taki Concordia Fellow, a position created by Maestro Marin Alsop to foster entrepreneurship and talent of female conductors. Starting in the fall of 2019, she will begin her new appointments as Conducting Fellow of the Seattle Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. This upcoming season will include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Stamford Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory and the Orchestra Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias.
Recent Guest appearances have included Tulsa Opera where Lina made history by being the first Latina conductor to lead a major production in a U.S. Opera House, as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, and the Filarmonica de Medellin. She has been the assistant conductor for Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the United States, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and has worked as cover conductor of the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, Nashville Symphony and the London Philharmonic, working with artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Pinchas Zukerman, Marin Alsop and Giancarlo Guerrero, among others. This season she will be working as a cover for Zubin Mehta at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Yannick Nezet Seguin, and Thomas Daausgard among other artists.
Recently, Lina was named one of five finalists selected for the 2019 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Chicago. She has attended the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, the Lucerne Festival Masterclass with Maestro Bernard Haitink, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Marin Alsop. She also participated in the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Conductors at the Dallas Opera with Maestro Carlo Montanaro and Nicole Paiment, making her the first Hispanic conductor selected for that role.
Lina is a staunch proponent of the music of Latin American composers, work which earned her recognition as one of the "Latino 30 Under 30" by El Mundo Newspaper in 2016. In 2014, she founded Unitas Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra specializing in Latin American music. Her work with Unitas Ensemble has yielded multiple World, North American, and American premieres, as well as the creation and release of the Unitas Ensemble album "Estaciones," recorded alongside the Latin Grammy-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Lina made her conducting debut in 2008 with the Youth Orchestra of Bellas Artes in Cali. She earned her Master’s Degree in Conducting and a Graduate Diploma in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory, and is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting at Boston University. Her principal mentors include Marin Alsop, Bernard Haitink, Bramwell Tovey, and Charles Peltz.