Starting in 2008 Brazilian-born conductor Fabio Mechetti was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte with the task of practically creating a brand new fully professional orchestra in Brazil's third largest city. Since then, the orchestra has become reference in symphonic activities in Brazil and Latin-America, garnering praises and prizes for its outstanding progress. Besides positioning this orchestra as a leading organization in Brazil, its artistic results have prompted it to develop a recording partnership with Naxos. He has recently concluded a 14-year tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, having now become its Music Director Emeritus, and as Principal Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Mechetti has also held the post of Music Director of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra from 1993 to 2004. After eleven years of inspiring leadership he was named Music Director Laureate of that orchestra. He also led the Syracuse Symphony for ten seasons, beginning as Associate Conductor in 1989 and becoming Music Director in 1993.
In addition to his Carnegie Hall debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1993, Mr. Mechetti has appeared as guest conductor with the Quebec Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and various orchestras in Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Venezuela.
He traveled to New Zealand to lead the Auckland Philharmonia, to Scotland to conduct the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, to Finland to conduct the Tampere Philharmonic, to Italy to conduct the Rome Symphony and to Madrid to lead the ORTVE. He has made several very successful tours of Japan that included concerts with both the Tokyo and Sapporo symphonies, and he returned to that country in 2002 to conduct the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. Having made his European debut with the Danish Radio Orchestra in 1990, Mr. Mechetti is a frequent guest of Scandinavian orchestras. During the 2015-16 season, he will make his debut with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark.
Also a highly acclaimed operatic conductor, he made his American debut with the Washington Opera in 1990 and has served as music director of the Teatro Municipal Opera House in Rio de Janeiro. Among opera productions he has directed are: Tosca, Turandot, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Barber of Seville, Macbeth, Otello and La Traviata.
Winner of the 1989 Malko International Conducting Competition in Denmark, Mr. Mechetti served as resident conductor of the San Diego Symphony in 1986 and associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1985 through 1989. During his years with the National Symphony, he led over 75 concerts at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, also conducting performances on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts. His children's programs in Washington won the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Best Educational Programming in the United States in 1985.
He has worked with some of the greatest artists of several generations, from masters such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Alicia de Larrocha, Magda Tagliaferro, Nicanor Zabaleta, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Kathleen Battle, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Arnaldo Cohen, Nelson Freire, Andre Watts, among others.
Fabio Mechetti holds Master's degrees in conducting and composition from the Juilliard School of Music.