Nashville Symphony names assistant conductor

Curtis Institute of Music grad to oversee orchestra’s education, community engagement programs

Nashville Symphony officials announced today Vinay Parameswaran has been appointed assistant conductor.

Parameswaran (pronounced Par-a-MAYSH-wuh-run) will conduct the orchestra’s education and community engagement programs, including Young People’s Concerts for schoolchildren and the Saturday morning Pied Piper Children’s Series.

In addition, he will serve as the cover conductor for Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and, as such, will have opportunities to conduct the orchestra, including the Nashville Symphony’s March 18 performance with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Parameswaran (pictured) comes to the Nashville Symphony having conducted the Curtis Opera Theater in productions of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, followed by appearances with the Vermont Symphony. He concluded last concert season with appearances at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Kennedy Center and Columbia University’s Miller Theatre.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Parameswaran is a 2013 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller as the Albert M. Greenfield Fellow.

Parameswaran graduated with honors from Brown University with a major in music and political science. While attending Brown, he began his conducting studies with Paul Phillips and is the only student to win Brown University’s concerto competition playing two different instruments: piano in 2009 and timpani in 2007.

“We are delighted to have this immensely talented young conductor join the Nashville Symphony,” Guerrero said in a release. “His skill and his quick rapport with the musicians made him a natural fit for our orchestra. This position will give Vinay the opportunity to strengthen his conducting skills and build both his administrative and artistic expertise, with the goal of being a music director for a symphony orchestra in the future.”