Described as instinctive and talented, Lorenzo Guggenheim, is a conductor with an emerging career conducting the broad orchestral repertoire, new music and opera. Hailed as “one of the promises in orchestral conducting in Argentina with international projection,” Mr. Guggenheim’s career was launched with his debut in the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires at age 23 and his following performance with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile. He moved to Seattle in 2016, where he collaborated with the Seattle Symphony’s Prokofiev and Shostakovich Festivals as Assistant Conductor for Pablo Rus Broseta. He was offered a Fellowship by Seattle Symphony’s Music Director Ludovic Morlot in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons acting twice as Cover Conductor.
In 2018, Guggenheim moved to Toronto and quickly founded the University of Toronto Campus Philharmonic Orchestra, which he serves as Music Director. He has conducted UTCPO in MacMillan Theatre twice a year and at the Royal Ontario Museum attracting wide audiences. Mr. Guggenheim holds positions as Assistant Conductor of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Uri Mayer and Wallace Halladay, respectively.
Working on international stages he was Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mar del Plata where he was regarded “…an expert, perfectionist and seriously formed conductor” (La Capital). He had previously conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica de Entre Ríos, University of Washington Symphony and Campus Orchestras, as well as collaborations with UW Opera and Modern Ensemble, Miami Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the Academic Orchestra of the Teatro Colón. Expanding his presence in Canada, he has conducted Orchestra Toronto, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and the Continuum Ensemble selected him as a Hatch 2020 Fellow.
In 2018, Guggenheim conducted the North American premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s The Maiden from the Sea to a sold-out audience in collaboration with the composer at the University of Toronto’s New Music Festival, receiving excellent reviews from local media. “Under conductor Lorenzo Guggenheim, the 23-member ensemble played with complete unanimity of concentration and produced a gorgeous texture of sound” (Stage Door). He has premiered Vega Fischer’s multimedia opera En la Colonia Penitenciaria in Buenos Aires2016 as well as repertoire including Les mamelles de Tirésias, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Dido and Aeneas, La Traviata and Don Giovanni.
In 2019 and 2020, Mr. Guggenheim was selected by Orchestra Toronto to conduct in George Weston Recital Hall as part of their mentoring program. In February 2020, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires invited him as a finalist for the Assistant Conductor position. He has taken part in several international workshops and masterclasses with renowned teachers such as Mark Gibson, Benjamin Zander, Grzegorz Nowak, Christian Măcelaru, Guillermo Scarabino, Jorge Rotter and Rodolfo Fischer.
Lorenzo Guggenheim is currently engaged in research on the life and music of Franz Schreker, championing the performances of his symphonic repertoire. He was awarded full scholarships from the University of Toronto for his Doctoral Degree with Uri Mayer and from the University of Washington for his Masters’ degree.