About Guillermo

As newly appointed Principal Conductor for The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Guillermo Figueroa will lead the orchestra into an exciting new chapter in the 2016–2017 Season. While The Symphony’s 33rd Season began in September of 2016, Guillermo’s premiere concert as Principal Conductor will take place in January of 2017—our new Maestro in the New Year!


It is my great pleasure and honor to greet you as the new Principal Conductor of the extraordinary Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. For thirty-three years, our “City Different” has been host to “The Symphony Different,” creating and maintaining a standard of excellence that is the pride of our town.

And just how different are we? It starts with the musicians: a committed and brilliant group of artists who not only display their great talents at every performance but who, unlike many other orchestras, are actively engaged in the day-to-day management of the orchestra. It was the musicians who chose me as the Principal Conductor, as they did with my predecessors, and I am humbled and grateful to have been selected through such an innovative process.

This process creates a natural and powerful bond and rapport, between the conductor and orchestra and the musicians themselves, that is palpable and vibrant. This vibrancy is even more apparent when The Symphony Chorus adds their own exuberance to our choral masterworks. Such collaboration provides for intense, passionate performances that speak directly to the audience.

Guillermo Figueroa
Principal Conductor

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Sibelius, Mozart & Brahms

The premiere of Guillermo Figueroa as The Symphony’s Principal Conductor arrives, with Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia, Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto featuring The Symphony’s own Principal Bassoon Stefanie Przybylska, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E Minor.

January 22, 2017, at 4:00 pm

Rodrigo, Dvořák & Schubert

Figueroa leads The Symphony Orchestra in a series of uplifting and joyous works, including Schubert’s so-called “Unfinished” Symphony. Jason Vieaux, recent recipient of the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Album, will lead the stage in a glorious modern guitar concerto by Joaquin Rodrigo, Fantasia para un Gentilhombre.

February 19, 2017, at 4:00 pm

Glazunov & Mahler

Led by Figueroa, The Symphony Orchestra will share the stage with brilliant violinist Jinjoo Cho as she performs Glazunov’s infamously challenging Violin Concerto. Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a majestic and transformational work, will conclude the evening.

March 19, 2017, at 4:00 pm

Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Lauridsen

Figueroa leads the finale to the 33rd Season with a bombastic set of works featuring The Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in full. The afternoon begins with Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna for chorus and chamber orchestra, followed by Mendelssohn’s complex setting of Psalm 114, “Da Israel aus Ägypten zog.” The season concludes with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, likely the very best loved work by that perpetually astounding composer.

May 20, 2017, at 7:00 pm, & May 21, 2017, at 4:00 pm