Lina Gonzalez-Granados has been named as the winner of the International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship, a professional development program administered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.
She was selected by a jury chaired by CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, who in 2009 spearheaded the creation of the Solti Apprenticeship. Joining him on the jury were American soprano Carol Vaness, CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen, CSO Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong, CSO Principal Flute Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, CSO Associate Principal Horn Daniel Gingrich, CSOA Vice President of Artistic Planning Cristina Rocca and a representative from the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute.
For her apprenticeship, which will begin in February 2020 and continue through June 2021, Gonzalez-Granados will spend several weeks each season studying with and assisting Muti during his CSO residencies at Symphony Center. Additionally, she will participate in the CSO’s education and community programs produced by the Negaunee Music Institute, including work with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
A native of Colombia, Gonzalez-Granados currently holds conducting fellowships with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony, and she recently completed a term as a Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow, under Marin Alsop. Her conducting credits include engagements with the Tulsa Opera (where she made history as the first Latina conductor to lead a major production in a U.S. opera house), San Diego Symphony, Stamford Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, Filarmonica de Medellin and Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain.
She also has worked as cover conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, Nashville Symphony and London Philharmonic, and has participated in the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Conductors at the Dallas Opera. Additionally, she has served as the assistant conductor for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia and Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.
The International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship honors the legacy of Sir Georg Solti, the CSO’s music director from 1969 to 1991, and who maintained a lifelong commitment to mentoring young musicians. When Muti was named CSO music director designate in October 2009, he announced plans for Solti Apprenticeship, as means of honoring the CSO’s great tradition of advancing and supporting the art form. Previous Solti Apprenticeship winners were Erina Yashima, Matthew Aucoin and Sean Kubota.