Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony where he leads the Symphony’s Pops Series and Family Series. Lopez-Yañez is quickly establishing himself as one of the Nation’s leading conductors of popular music and becoming known for his unique style of audience engagement. Since working with the Nashville Symphony, Lopez-Yañez has conducted concerts with a broad spectrum of artists including: Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood, Jennifer Nettles, Kellie Pickler, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Megan Hilty, Hanson and more. Additionally, he leads many of the films in concert on the symphony’s Movie Series including Beauty and the Beast, Coco, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone and more. Lopez-Yañez also conducts the annual Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th fireworks show which was first televised on CMT in 2019 reaching millions of viewers across the nation.
In the upcoming seasons, Lopez-Yañez will collaborate with artists including Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Maxwell, Leslie Odom Jr., Stewart Copeland of The Police, Ben Folds, Kenny G and more. Lopez-Yañez will appear with the National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony and will make return appearances with the Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Utah Symphony. Previously, Lopez-Yañez has appeared with orchestras throughout the North America including the Aguascalientes Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Sarasota Orchestra among others.
As Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Symphonica Productions, LLC, Lopez-Yañez curates and leads programs designed to cultivate new audiences. An enthusiastic proponent of innovating the education concert experience, his exciting concerts “breathe new, exuberant life into classical programming for kids and families” (Nashville Parent Magazine). Symphonica’s productions have been described as “incredibly special – and something that needs to become the new norm in educational programing” (Lima Symphony). Recently, their dedication to educating the next generation of music lovers has expanded to a free online web series entitled “The Symphonica”, a space adventure starring Lopez-Yañez teaching audiences the fundamentals of music.
An active producer, composer, and arranger, Lopez-Yañez’s work can be heard on numerous albums including the UNESCO benefit album Action Moves People United and children’s music albums including The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard, winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Hollywood Music and Media Awards, Family Choice Awards and Kokowanda Bay, winner of a Global Media Award as well as a Parents’ Choice Award where Lopez-Yañez was lauded for his “catchy arrangements” (Parents’ Choice Foundation).
Lopez-Yañez previously held the position of Assistant Conductor with the Nashville Symphony and Omaha Symphony. He holds a Masters in Music from the University of Maryland and received a Masters in Music and his Baccalaureate from UCLA, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Biography updated April 2020. Please discard any previous versions.