The League of American Orchestras

2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Hosted by the Nashville Symphony and Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville, April 3-4, 2018


 Experience six highly-skilled and dynamic conductors in action

For music director search committees, artist managers, orchestra executives, artistic administrators, and trustees

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The Event:

Over two days, participants met the conductors, observed them in rehearsal settings, and experienced their high-caliber artistry in person as they led the GRAMMY Award-winning Nashville Symphony under the guidance of music director Giancarlo Guerrero.

The event culminated with a final public performance, which—for the first time in the history of the Preview—will be live-streamed. Conductors display their versatility with an eclectic program of works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Kip Winger.

The Preview is a major pipeline for talented conductors and helps catalyze opportunities for their careers. Since 1995, the League's Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview has showcased 85 conductors, with more than 50 orchestras engaging participants in conductor/music director appointments as a direct result. It is one of the field's most prestigious and effective pathways for orchestra search committees to encounter new talent.

The Conductors:

Six dynamic conductors have been chosen by an independent panel of leading music professionals from a pool of nearly 150 applications from around the world. They were selected for their experience, talent, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in service to American orchestras.



Ankush Kumar Bahl         Mélisse Brunet

Nadège Foofat        

Raúl Gómez-Rojas

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Lee Mills         Lidiya Yankovskaya



Past Preview participants include Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta; Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony; Laura Jackson, music director of the Reno Philharmonic; and Carlos Miguel Prieto, music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas.

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Watch the performance here


The 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is made possible by a generous gift from Martha Rivers Ingram. Additional support is provided by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Photo Credits (Action Shots, Left to Right): Ankush Kumar Bahl (Ronald Knapp); Mélisse Brunet (Karen Almond); Nadège Foofat (Rama Odi); Raúl Gómez-Rojas (R. Kolbell); Lee Mills (Cicero Rodrigues); Lidiya Yankovskaya (Karen Almond)

Photo Credits (Head Shots, Left to Right): Ankush Kumar Bahl (Fernando Diaz Vidaurri); Mélisse Brunet (Toko Shiiki Santos); Nadège Foofat (Rama Odi); Raúl Gómez-Rojas (Sarah E. Smith); Lee Mills (Britt Olsen-Ecker); Lidiya Yankovskaya (Kate Lemmon)