Andrés Orozco-Estrada (in Production)

At work, Andrés Orozco-Estrada cuts a dynamic figure. He communicates with his musicians with great intensity: His gestures range from large and powerful to minimal and delicate, reflecting the range of emotions and moods in the music he is performing.

At rehearsals (with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna, where he is music director) he speaks fast and with energy. In conversation, however, Andrés Orozco-Estrada is calm and unassuming. He thinks carefully before he speaks, whether the topic is about great composers, Viennese desserts, or his fascination with the way things work in Europe. In 1997, at the age of 19, Orozco-Estrada left Colombia to study in Vienna. As a child in Medellín he studied violin and began conducting when he was 15. His blend of emotional gradure and structural clarity is remarkable and has contributed to his swift rise to fame.

We will be spending two years with Orozco-Estrada; we will accompany him on a trip back home to Colombia; and we will be there with our cameras when he takes up his new positions as music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.