Son of López-Cobos rising at his old orchestra

Son of López-Cobos rising at his old orchestra


norman lebrecht

July 10, 2019

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has made two appointments for September 2019:

François López-Ferrer will be the Assistant Conductor for the CSO and May Festival.
Wilbur Lin will be Assistant Conductor for the Cincinnati Pops and Conductor of the CS Youth Orchestra Philharmonic.

François López-Ferrer is the son of the late Jesús López-Cobos, who was music director in Cincy from 1986 to 2001. He died in March 2018.



  • Alejandro Berger says:

    François is a very talented young man. Wish him all the best.

  • Musetta says:

    Francois is a rising star. All the best!

  • fflambeau says:

    From the biographical entry at his web site:

    “López-Ferrer is founder and musical conductor of the Ensemble Vita, made up of students from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory. With this ensemble, he has led several concerts around the Cincinnati area, performing innovative and varied programs from the Baroque period to the XXI century. He is also co-founder of the Queen City Chamber Opera in Cincinnati. As a fervent performer of Contemporary Music, he has premiered works by the American composer Charles Rudig.

    First trained as a composer at the University of Cincinnati, he continued his conducting studies with Leonid Grin in Philadelphia as well as at the Zürcher Hochshule der Künste (Switzerland). He studied a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Haute École de Musique in Lausanne, where he studied under the guidance of Professor Aurélien Azan Zielinski. He has also participated in several advanced classes and academies with Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Bernard Haitink and Mario Venzago.”

    Likely fluent in Spanish, English and French with German as well. Looks good!