“With virtuosic technique, Mechetti led the CSO in Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 like an impeccable craftsman… Meticulous musicianship, a pleasure to watch.”
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Internationally acclaimed conductor Fabio Mechetti currently serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His outstanding leadership of that orchestra since 2008 has recently been recognized with the 2015 Minas Gerais Prize for Economic Development, applauding the exceptional expansion and vitality of the organization during his tenure. Previous directorships include the Jacksonville, Spokane, and Syracuse symphonies, as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur.
In addition to his Carnegie Hall orchestral debut with the New Jersey Symphony, Mr. Mechetti has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Pacific Symphony and the orchestras of Austin, Charlotte, Omaha, Phoenix, Rochester, San Antonio, San Jose, Seattle, Utah, and the Long Island Philharmonic. Worldwide engagements include the Auckland Philharmonia/New Zealand, BBC Scottish Symphony/Glasgow, Odense Symphony Orchestra/Denmark, Quebec Symphony/Canada, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra/Madrid, and the Tampere Philharmonic/Finland. He is also a frequent guest conductor in Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela, as well as throughout Japan and Scandinavia.
Besides positioning the Minas Gerais Philharmonic as a leading organization in Brazil, Fabio Mechetti has successfully developed a recording partnership with Naxos. Recent projects feature works by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The orchestra also recently completed a tour of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, and will appear in Costa Rica during the 2016/2017 season.
An experienced opera conductor, Mr. Mechetti made his American debut with the Washington (D.C.) Opera, served as music director of the Rio de Janeiro Opera, and directed productions in Syracuse, Spokane, and Brazil. He also led thirteen fully-staged operas during his tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony.
Winner of the 1989 Malko International Conducting Competition in Denmark, Fabio Mechetti has been associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra/Washington, D.C. and resident conductor of the San Diego Symphony. His children’s programs in Washington won the 1985 National Endowment for the Arts Award for Best Educational Programming in the United States.
Mr. Mechetti holds a Master of Music degree in both conducting and composition from The Juilliard School. He currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife, pianist Aida Ribeira, and their twin daughters.