The 2013-2014 season marks Alejandro Gómez Guillén’s third and final season with Cantabile in Boulder. He is also a Visiting Professor at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, and has recently accepted a permanent appointment at the same institution as Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestras and Professor of Violin and Viola, starting in Fall 2014. Alejandro was the Associate Conductor of the University of Colorado at Boulder Campus Orchestra, mentor and coach with the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras. He has also been Associate Conductor of the Boulder Symphony, Music Director of the Colorado Youth Philharmonia and the Mountain View Chancel Choir, as well as having conducted the Javeriana Symphony Orchestra, the Spokane Youth Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the CU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras Solo appearances include Tolima Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Washington University Symphony among others.
Recent engagements include the Eighth Santander Choral Festival, a residency with the flagship Batuta program in his native Colombia. He also recently led productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Off Broadway School of Fine Arts in Boulder and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Chorale and Ballet. He appeared as concertmaster of the opera orchestra at Amherst Early Music Festival under Gary Thor Wedow, and played in master classes for renowned baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie. He has also traveled to Germany and Italy as concertmaster of the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble with performances at the Rheingau Music Festival and the Berlin Philharmonie and has appeared as leader and concertmaster of the CU Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Early Music Ensemble. Alejandro was selected to conduct public concerts of the St. Matthew Passion, the B Minor Mass, and the Christmas Oratorio at the Oregon Bach Festival where he studied with Helmuth Rilling over the course of three different summers. He returns to OBF in June 2014 where he will work with new Artistic Director Matthew Halls and Director Emeritus Helmuth Rilling as one of a handful of conductors selected to lead performances of Bach’s Easter and Ascension Oratorios.
Alejandro received a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Texas Christian University where he studied with Curt Thompson and Michael Shih, and a dual master’s degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder with Judith Ingolfsson, Lina Bahn, and Gary Lewis. His main conducting teachers include Helmuth Rilling and Nicholas Carthy and he is a doctoral candidate in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Colorado at Boulder under the tutelage of his mentor and teacher Maestro Gary Lewis.