The Omaha Symphony Conducting Fellowship is a new initiative developed for emerging conductors. A two-year appointment, the fellowship is designed to provide training and conducting opportunities for talented conductors with the Omaha Symphony. Appointed through a national audition process, the conducting fellow will be an integral member of the team responsible for imagining, planning, and executing the Omaha Symphony’s groundbreaking Education and Community Engagement concerts and activities.
Enrico Lopez-Yañez was recently appointed the Conducting Fellow of the Omaha Symphony after completing his M.M. in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Maryland with Professor James Ross. Since arriving in Maryland, Lopez-Yañez served as assistant conductor to the Capital City Symphony, as one of the music directors for the University of Maryland’s Repertoire Orchestra, and assistant conductor to both the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Maryland Opera Studio. In the summer of 2014, Lopez-Yañez attend the Castleton Music Festival where he was invited as a conducting associate and studied with Lorin Maazel. His international appearances include guest conducting with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Zacatecas (Mexico), the Orchestra Sinfonica de Aguascalientes (Mexico), and at the 2011 Festival de Musica in Londrina, Brazil.
In pursuing his love for opera, Lopez-Yañez has assisted as rehearsal conductor on UCLA's productions of L’enfant et le sortilèges (Ravel), Il segreto di Susanna (Wolf-Ferrari), L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach) and the world premiere of the chamber orchestra version of Jonathan Sheffer's Blood on the Dining Room Floor. He also served as assistant conductor for Maryland Opera Studio's Albert Herring (Britten), Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro, which he conducted in a semi-staged concert performance. This past summer he led productions of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in Mexico with the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra and a production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Main Street Opera in Chicago. He also attended the Prague Summer Nights Festival where he assisted on productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
Before studying at Maryland, Lopez-Yañez received his Baccalaureate and Masters in Music from UCLA, where he studied trumpet with Jens Lindemann and graduated summa cum laude. He has also studied conducting under Ken Kiesler, Donald Neuen, Daisuke Soga, and Thomas Lee.