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Brazilian conductor, Fabio Mechetti, was appointed music director and principal conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. He recently concluded a 14-year tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, and is currently music director emeritus. He was the first Brazilian to become director of an Asian orchestra when he was appointed principal conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Mechetti also led the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons and was subsequently named music director laureate. In addition to his Carnegie Hall debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1993, Mechetti has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras such as the Seattle, Rome and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras, the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras, and various orchestras in Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Venezuela.

He has toured Japan with the Tokyo, Sapporo and Hiroshima Symphony orchestras and is a frequent guest of orchestras in Scandinavia. Winner of the Malko Competition, Denmark in 1989, Mechetti served as resident conductor of the San Diego Symphony in 1986 and associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1989. Mechetti has Master’s degrees in both conducting and composition from The Juilliard School.

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