Sinfonia East Conductor
Hailed for his “expert direction” by the Fanfare magazine, Paraguayan conductor Ernesto Estigarribia has led GTCYS Sinfonia East since its inception in the Fall of 2018. Ernesto also holds the position of Assistant Conductor and Youth Ensembles Music Director of the Quad City Symphony. He has previously served as Music Director of Buffalo Community Orchestra and Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras.
Estigarribia has conducted the Rochester (MN) Symphony Orchestra, Oskaloosa Music Festival Orchestra, Orquesta del Centro del Conocimiento (Argentina), and Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional (Paraguay), where he became the first Paraguayan guest conductor to appear in the International series. With a passion for promoting Latin American composers, Ernesto conducted the premiere recording of the “Concertino for Viola” by Brazilian composer João Ripper with violist Korey Konkol and the University of Minnesota Camerata. In addition to symphonic performances, Ernesto has led numerous opera productions including Gianni Schicchi, Idomeneo, Albert Herring, and Weisse Rose.
His festival appearances include YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (England), Festival de Música de Santa Catarina (Brazil), Pienza Music Festival (Italy), International Festival Week of St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia), and Academia Internacional Teatro del Lago (Chile).
Ernesto is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he studied with Mark Russell Smith. In his spare time, he enjoys realizing vegan recipes with his wife, violinist Sabrina Tabby.