Felipe Tristán

Precollege Faculty:
Conductor - Repertory Orchestra

Felipe Tristán, Conducting Faculty

Hailed as “the most important Monterrey conductor of his generation” (El Norte, 2022), Felipe Tristán has worked with orchestras around the world, including in countries such as Germany, Canada, China, the United States, Panama, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. In 2023, he was invited as guest conductor of the Met Gala with an orchestra comprised of musicians from some of the top orchestras in the New York area. The repertoire — honoring Karl Lagerfeld’s love of opera — was comprised of works by Puccini, Mozart, Delibes, Strauss, and Mahler.

He is the interim Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Ballet de Monterrey, Associate Conductor of Teatro Grattacielo, and Conductor at the Manhattan School of Music. Also, he is the Manager of Artistic Creative Partnerships of the GRAMMY®️-winning organization, Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, with whom he has collaborated on projects for Carnegie Hall Citywide, NY Philharmonic Bandwagon, and Lincoln Center, in New York, to create engaging programs for diverse audiences.

Felipe recently participated in the GRAMMY®️ award-winning project Fandango at the Wall in New York (Tiger Turn, 2023), under the category of Best Latin Jazz Album. In June 2023, the German record label Hänssler Classic will release the album Flute Concertos – Reinecke & Penderecki, where Felipe conducts soloist Krzysztof Kaczka and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2024, he will release a recording as a producer with members of the Met Orchestra, featuring works by Schubert, also on the Hänssler Classic label. Operatic titles conducted include Falstaff and Il Trovatore (Verdi), La bohème (Puccini), Carmen (Bizet), L’amico Fritz (Mascagni), L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Don Giovanni (Mozart). Felipe has premiered more than twenty works by composers including the recent premiere of the work Fractured Nation by the multi-award winning composer Arturo O’Farrill, with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, as well as guest conductor at the Texas New Music Festival.

Felipe Tristán was featured in FORBES magazine in the section “Working Journal” by photographer Michael Fiedler. Among the orchestras he has conducted are Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Texas New Music Festival, New Amsterdam Symphony, Gwinnett Symphony, North Shore Symphony, Zhengzhou Symphony.

In Mexico, he has conducted the main professional orchestras in Aguascalientes, Baja California, Chihuahua, Michoacán, Monterrey (UANL), Oaxaca, and Querétaro. He is the founder of the Monterrey Summer Opera Academy with the principal guest faculty, the iconic mezzo soprano, Dolora Zajick — and support from the Consejo para la Cultura y las Artes (CONARTE) and La Superior, in Mexico.

Felipe Tristán is the first place winner in the 2019 Klangkraft Orchester Dirigierwettbewerbs competition, in Germany and first place in the 2018 International Conductors Workshop & Competition, in Atlanta, USA.

Felipe has participated in conducting masterclasses under the guidance of some of the best maestros of the art of symphonic and operatic conducting today, including Cristian Măcelaru, Tito Muñoz, Maurice Peress, Mark Shapiro, Johannes Schlaefli, Donald Schleicher, Kirk Trevor, Jaap van Zweden. He received his music education from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, University of Houston, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Advanced Conducting studies at the Juilliard School Evening Division, and a Certificate in Leadership Principles from the Harvard Business School Online.

Manhattan School of Music Precollege Faculty since 2018.

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