Juan Felipe Molano, Resident Conductor

LA Phil - Orchestra Member Portraits Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging
LA Phil – Orchestra Member Portraits
Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

Juan Felipe Molano, newly appointed Resident Conductor of the American Youth Symphony, graduated with special honors as an orchestral and opera conductor from the Vienna Conservatory with Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark having master classes with conductors such as Kurt Masur and Vladimir Fedoseyev. Molano has led prominent orchestras in Spain, Italy, Norway, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil such as the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, OSUANL (Monterrey, Mexico), Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana, Morelia Symphony Orchestra, Euskadiko Ikasleen Orkestra, Via dei Concerti Orchestra, Medellin Philharmonic, Eafit University Symphony, among many others, acting as frequent guest conductor of the Bogota Philharmonic and Colombian National Symphony.

He was Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra (YSO) in Mexico from 2003-2008, which has since become one of the Mexico’s most prestigious orchestra, and has worked with renowned artists like Ryu Goto, Ilya Gringolts, Eric Aubier, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Joseph de Pasquale, among others.  As Music Director of the YSO, he led ballet and opera productions such as Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto, L’elisir d’amore, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Bastien und Bastienne, among others.

After an international search and audition by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Molano was appointed in 2014 as the conductor for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). He has held that position also with the Colombian Youth Philharmonic, Youth Orchestra Salinas (California), Caldas Chamber Orchestra, Cali Youth Philharmonic and Bogota Youth Philharmonic. During 2008-2013 he was the National Orchestral Director of Batuta Colombian System of Youth Orchestras (El Sistema – Colombia).

He has contributed as speaker and leader to several international conferences, workshops and seminars around the world such as: First International Teaching Artist Conference (Norway), First National Conference for Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductors (Argentina), Take a Stand International Symposium 2012 & 2014 (Los Angeles, California), YOA Leaders International Seminar (online streaming), Batuta Teachers training program (Colombia), among many others.

Maestro Molano divides his musical activities between pedagogy, conducting and consulting. Currently Professor at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, he has held that position also at the Yucatan University of Arts (Mexico), National University of Colombia, Ibague Conservatory, Universidad de Antioquia and Eafit University (Colombia).