Ernesto Estigarribia

YSO & YPO Conductor

Ernesto EstigarribiaErnesto Estigarribia is the QCSYE Music Director & QCSO Assistant Conductor. He is also the Music Director of the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) Sinfonia East Conductor.

Born and raised in Asunción, Paraguay, Mr. Estigarribia is currently a doctoral candidate in Orchestra Conducting at the University of Minnesota studying with QCSO conductor Mark Russell Smith and expects to receive his degree in May 2019. During his studies, Estigarribia has co-directed the Campus Orchestras, served as Assistant Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Opera Theater, and is a recipient of the James Sample Fellowship.

He has performed extensively in North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe both as a violist and conductor. In 2016, Ernesto conducted the first recording of the “Concertino for Viola” by Brazilian composer Joao Ripper with violist Korey Konkol. In 2017, Ernesto was the first Paraguayan guest conductor to appear in the International series of Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional (Paraguay), and was invited to return to conduct in 2018.  Other recent conducting appearances include performances with the Rochester (MN) Symphony Orchestra, Oskaloosa Music Festival Orchestra, Orquesta del Centro del Conocimiento (Argentina), as well as Gianni Schicchi,  Idomeneo, and Albert Herring with the University of Minnesota Opera Theater.

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