Jesús Medina Villarreal
Director Titular 2019
Born on October 13, 1959 in the city of Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico, Maestro Jesús Medina Villarreal studied Orchestral Conducting under the tutelage of Maestro Charles Bruck, at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School in Hancock, Maine, U.S.A.
At the present time, he boasts a career spanning more than 30 years and which includes stints as Music Director in the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) Philharmonic Orchestra and the Queretaro Philharmonic. He was also Music Director of the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra in Mexico City, and has served since 2010 as Music Director of the UANL (Autonomous University of Nuevo León) Symphony Orchestra, prior to his current appointment to the Music Director post at the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco.
Over the course of the more than 200 concerts that he conducted with the ensemble, Maestro Medina enabled the UANL Symphony to achieve many innovative and acclaimed concert presentations, both within and outside of Mexico. These included concerts in both of Mexico City’s most famous venues, the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Sala Nezahualcóyotl. The Nuevo León native also recorded a CD with this university group, performed special concerts in galleries, and conducted programs which included jazz, the music of The Beatles, and music of the group Queen. In addition to symphonic music he has directed Chamber Music, Opera, and Ballet.
One of the characteristic features of the UANL Symphony under the baton of Jesús Medina has been the inclusion of various contemporary musical genres, resulting in a less classical and more inclusive repertoire.
In 1991, the Mexican Union of Theatre and Music Journalists awarded him “Best Director of the Year”, and in 2004, he received the “GAVIOTA” award from the Latin American Journalists’ Association.
Maestro Medina has participated in Mexico’s principal music festivals, including the Festival Cervantino (in Guanajuato), the International Music Festival of Morelia, the Festival of the Centro Historico of Mexico City, the Sinaloa Festival, the Foro de Música Nueva (New Music Forum), and the International Harp Festival, among others. He has performed in the United States, Singapore, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Serbia, Central America, and Mexico.