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. Also an active composer/arranger, Lopez-Yañez has been commissioned to write for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Omaha Symphony, and has had his works performed by orchestras including the Columbus Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Ft. Worth Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and Utah Symphony among others.
Since working with the Nashville Symphony, Lopez-Yañez has conducted concerts with a broad spectrum of artists including: Nas, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Itzhak Perlman, Stewart Copeland, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood, Leslie Odom Jr., Megan Hilty, Titus Burgess, Hanson, Kenny G 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 season, Lopez-Yañez will collaborate with artists including Aida Cuevas, The Beach Boys, Ben Folds, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Vanesa Williams. Lopez-Yañez will appear with the Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Tuscon Symphony as well as make return appearances with the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Utah Symphony. Previously, Lopez-Yañez has appeared with orchestras throughout North America including the Aguascalientes Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Florida Orchestra, National Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestra among others.
Sharing an equal love for opera, Lopez-Yañez recently made his Chicago Opera Theater debut conducting Daniel Catán’s La Hija de Rappaccini, which Chicago Classical Review described as “a flowing and sensitive performance that provided supreme advocacy for Catán’s score”.
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).
As a 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).