JUAN FELIPE MOLANO has been appointed music director of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since 2014, Molano has served as conductor of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), a program of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for young people in underserved communities. Molano has also led the Los Angeles Philharmonic as guest and cover conductor. In 2016, he was appointed conductor of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, and from 2015 to 2018 he was resident conductor of the American Youth Symphony. He has served as the national director of orchestras at the Batuta Colombia System of Youth Orchestras, and as conductor of the National Take a Stand Festival Orchestras, Colombian Youth Philharmonic, Youth Orchestra Salinas, and San Rafael Youth Orchestra in California. In 2016, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District honored him for his commitment to music education, and in 2017 he received an award from the Colombian Foreign Affairs Ministry and the TV station RCN in Washington, D.C. as an outstanding Colombian in the U.S. He served five years as music and artistic director of Mexico’s Yucatan Symphony Orchestra. Molano graduated from the Vienna Conservatory in Austria, and studied clarinet and piano performance at the University of Antioquia in Colombia.
Posted June 28, 2019