Guest performer Horacio Gutiérrez, considered among the foremost pianists of the day, will join the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Gutiérrez is consistently praised by critics and audiences alike for the poetic insight and technical mastery he brings to an unusually varied repertoire. Since his professional debut in 1970 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Zubin Mehta, Gutiérrez has appeared regularly with the world's greatest orchestras and on its major recital series. He has performed with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Seattle and Houston, among many others. He recently toured Japan with the National Symphony Orchestra and has appeared with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.
In 1986, Gutiérrez won an Emmy Award for his fourth appearance with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A frequent soloist at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, his performances there have included a "Live From Lincoln Center" telecast. He has appeared on The Tonight Show and has been widely acclaimed for his television performances in Great Britain and France.
Maestro Fabio Mechetti begins his third year as music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in the 1995-96 season. He was associate conductor and later resident conductor and music advisor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra during the four years prior to his appointment as music director.
Since earning masters' degrees in conducting and composition from The Juilliard School of Music in 1984, Mechetti has conducted several international orchestras including the Sao Paulo Symphony, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Danish Radio Orchestra, along with a number of orchestras in the U.S.
In 1989, Mechetti won Denmark's prestigious Nicolai Malko International Conducting Competition. In 1993, he was selected by the American Symphony Orchestra League as one of two conductors to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program in which he made his Carnegie Hall debut.
The concert program will include The Moldau from Ma vlast by Bedrich Smetana, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler and Johannes Brahms, Concerto No.1 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15.
The performance, which is part of the Music at Hamilton Artists Series, has been made possible through the generous support of the Lee H. Bristol, Jr. Fund for the Performing Arts.