Precollege Faculty:Conductor, Repertory Orchestra
Mexican-born conductor Felipe Tristan is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after conductors from Mexico. He is the Founder and Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, an organization that promotes Latin American concert music as well as intercontinental dialogue and collaboration.
Mr. Tristan has conducted performances in China, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and across the U.S.—in Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C., San Diego, New Orleans, and Minneapolis—as well as on some of New York’s foremost stages, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, and the DiMenna Center.
First-prize winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition Atlanta 2018, Mr. Tristan is Artistic Director of the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia. In 2017, he made his conducting debut in Mexico’s main concert hall, the Palacio de Bellas Artes. He is the first Mexican to be named Assistant Conductor of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra (BSO), which he joined in 2015, and he has since been named to its Board of Directors. He is host of the BSO Podcast, a show of interviews and music talks.
Since 2016, Felipe Tristan has been Assistant Director of Education of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance—a six-time Grammy Award winning organization—and has been on faculty at Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Arts as Director of String Orchestras.
In 2017, he toured China for the first time, visiting the cities of Beijing and Zhengzhou, where he conducted and presented a TEDx talk about the benefits of music in education. The same year, he attended the Gstaad Music Festival in Switzerland with Jaap van Zweden, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.
In Mexico, he has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán, Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro, Orquesta de Baja California, Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL, and Filarmónica Juvenil de Nuevo León. Among his upcoming engagements are an appearance with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, a full production of Falstaff in Morelia in 2019, and a concert with the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra.
Felipe Tristan holds degrees from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, Universidad Regiomontana, the University of Houston, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He recently completed advanced studies in orchestral conducting with Dr. Mark Shapiro at the evening division of the Juilliard School in New York.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege Faculty since 2018.