Fabio Mechetti, conductor
Appointed music director and principal conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in 1999, Brazilian-born conductor Fabio Mechetti is one of the most respected conductors in the United States. During his tenure Maestro Mechetti has taken the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to new artistic heights and has led four highly acclaimed grand opera productions, continuing this season with a fully staged production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly.
Active on the international scene as well, Mr. Mechetti garners consistent praise from critics and colleagues for his artistry and knowledge of the repertoire. He held the post of music director of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra for 11 seasons, and was named its Music Director Laureate. 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 Seattle Symphony, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, San Jose Symphony, Austin Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, and various orchestras in Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela. Last season he appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Phoenix, Alabama and Kalamazoo Symphonies. He also made as his Canadian debut with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra.
Having making his European debut with the Danish Radio Orchestra in 1990, Mr. Mechetti is now a frequent guest of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. He led the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand and has made several successful tours of Japan that included concerts with the orchestras of Tokyo, Sapporo and Hiroshima.
Also a highly acclaimed operatic conductor, Mr. Mechetti 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. In addition to Jacksonville, he has also conducted and directed productions in Syracuse, Spokane and Brazil.
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, D.C. won the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Best Educational Programming in the United States in 1985.
Fabio Mechetti holds Master's degrees in conducting and composition from the Juilliard School of Music. He is an avid reader and golfer, and enjoys cooking and wine collecting. He is married to the concert pianist Aida Ribeiro; the two are proud parents of young twin daughters Carolina and Marina.