JESÚS MEDINA VILLARREAL
Director Titular 2019
Born on October13th, 1959, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, Jesús Medina Villarreal completed his studies in Orchestral Conducting at The Pierre Monteux School in the United States, under the guidance of Charles Bruck.
He currently boasts a trajectory of more than 30 years directing symphony orchestras. He was Music Director at the Philharmonic Orchestras of the UNAM and Querétaro in addition to having been Artistic Director of the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra in Mexico City. Beginning in 2010 he served as Music Director at the Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL (OSUANL) in his native city.
There he directed more than 200 concerts and presided over a transformation of the OSUANL that resulted in acclaimed performances both within and outside of Mexico, taking the aforementioned orchestra to Mexico City´s famed Palacio de Bellas Artes and Sala Nezahualcóyotl, among other prestigious venues. The Monterrey native recorded a CD with this university-based professional ensemble, performed special concerts in art galleries, and conducted programs that featured jazz and presented the music of the Beatles and Queen. In addition to symphonic music, he has directed chamber music, opera, and ballet.
One of the characteristic features of the OSUNAL under the baton of Jesús Medina has been the incorporation of different contemporary musical genres, resulting in a less Classicist, more inclusive repertoire.
In 1991, the Mexican Union of Theatre and Music Journalists awarded him “Best Director of the Year”, and in 2004, he accepted the “GAVIOTA” award presented by 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, the Czech Republic, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Central America, and Mexico.