Fabio Mechetti was born in São Paulo and has been artistic director and principal conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra since its formation in 2008. For his work with the orchestra he received the 2009 XII Carlos Gomes Award for best Brazilian conductor. Mechetti has also been music director and principal conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (USA) since 1999. He was formerly the conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra where he is now its conductor emeritus. He made his début conducting the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York. Since then he has led several North American orchestras and is often a guest of summer festivals in the United States. He worked as associate conductor for Mstislav Rostropovich with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, and has conducted in Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela, as well as in Japan. Other engagements have included appearances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. Winner of the Nikolai Malko International Conducting Competition in Denmark, Mechetti conducts regularly in Scandinavia, particularly the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and, in Sweden, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. He holds a master’s degree in conducting and in composition from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York.