It is with great pride that the Corpus Christi Symphony Board of Directors announces the appointment of Maestro Hector Guzman as Music Director and Conductor of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra (CCSO). “Words cannot express how happy, excited, and grateful I feel,” said Maestro Guzman in reaction to his appointment. “I am truly honored to be selected as the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra Music Director, and I can’t wait to get started!”
The selection of this highly respected and dynamic musician comes on the heels of a long and arduous process that began two years ago, when 144 conductors applied for the position, and continued this season with the auditions of the top five conductor finalists.
Maestro Guzman comes to Corpus Christi with an extremely impressive résumé. He is the founding Music Director of the very successful Plano Symphony Orchestra, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. He also conducts the Irving and San Angelo Symphony Orchestras and has appeared as guest conductor for many prestigious orchestras all over the world. After a concert with the Dominican Republic National Symphony, the Santo Domingo News heralded Guzman’s performance with, “Here is a conductor of great musical sensitivity and assuredness. I believe we may have been in the presence of one of those future musical giants.”
He is recipient of the 2012 “For the Love of Art” Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 “Man of the Year” award by New York based Madison’s Who is Who, and the 2014 Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity’s National Arts Associate award. In 2004, he was declared winner of the “Seven Conductors-One Baton” International Conducting competition and appointed Music Director of the Jalisco Philharmonic in Mexico. In 2010 and for the first time in its history, the Jalisco Philharmonic named him “Conductor Emeritus.”
Mr. Guzman holds degrees from the Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University and has studied with many illustrious conductors including his mentor Anshel Brusilow, Helmuth Rilling and Carlo Maria Giulini at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. For several years, he was a protégé of the late Maestro Eduardo Mata, Conductor Emeritus of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, who called Guzman, “A very talented and highly disciplined conductor……with solid métier and impeccable musicianship.”
In demand internationally as a conductor and recitalist, Maestro Guzman was accorded the “Outstanding National Young Artist” award from the government of Mexico, the “Golden Lyre” award, given by the Mexican Union of Musicians, the “Meadows” award from SMU, the DeVry Institute’s “Director Par Excellence” award and in 2000, he was included in the “Outstanding Musicians of the XX Century” magazine, published by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England.
“Hector is a perfect fit for our organization and our community,” said Symphony Board President Elect, John Chesshir. “He was the unanimous choice of our Executive Committee, and our audience loved him!”
Maestro Guzman will take the podium for his first concert on September 30th 2017, conducting Beethoven Meets Broadway at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center. Subscriptions are on sale now and selling fast in anticipation of the exciting 2017-2018 season featuring CCSO’s new Maestro, Hector Guzman! Guzman has conducted 12 consecutive SOLD OUT seasons with the Plano Symphony, so Corpus Christi patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early.