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Jacomo Rafael Bairos


Jacomo Rafael Bairos


Portuguese-American conductor Jacomo Bairos continues to redefine what a conductor can be and do in the 21st Century, challenging the preconceptions of orchestral repertoire, blurring the lines of genre, and integrating the orchestra into the broader community in holistic and organic new ways. Bairos is the 17th Music Director for the Amarillo Symphony, Co-Founder and Artistic Director for Miami's Nu Deco Ensemble, and performs regularly as a guest conductor with some of the world's finest orchestras.

Bairos' performances have been described as "thrilling" (Providence Journal), "inspirational and highly communicative" (Singapore Straits Times) and having a "splendid sense of musicality" (Knoxville Mercury). The New York Times hailed Nu Deco Ensemble as "chamber orchestra for the 21st century," while Billboard called them "a sonically spellbinding experience."

In the 2018-2019 season, Bairos appears with the San Francisco Symphony, makes subscription debuts with the Boston Pops, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conducts the Wichita and Winston-Salem Symphony's. Bairos also continues his longstanding relationship with the Atlanta and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, and continued through 2018, directing the National Symphony Orchestras critically-acclaimed DeClassified Series, the In Your Neighborhood Initiative, and multiple Pops programs.

Bairos has appeared with the Detroit, Houston, North Carolina, Knoxville, and Alabama Symphony Orchestras, the Louisiana and Rhode Island Philharmonic's and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has made numerous returns to the Atlanta, St. Louis, San Diego, Florida, Sarasota, Jacksonville, Charlotte and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. International engagements include the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore, Leipzig and Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra's, as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica's do Porto Casa da Música (Poturgal), de Provincial de Santa Fe (Argentina), and de la Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico).

The diverse range of Bairos' artist collaborators include famed pianists Jeremy Denk, Garrick Ohlsson, Anne-Marie McDermott and Mezzo-Soprano J'Nai Bridges to name a few. Bairos closely collaborates with some of today's most groundbreaking artists such as, Academy Award-winning composer/guitarist Bryce Dessner, Grammy winning artists' Jacob Collier, Angeliqu Kidjo, Gregor Porter, as well as Kishi Bashi, Seu Jorge, Bilal, Cory Henry, and Jon Batiste. Since 2014, Bairos has worked on numerous projects and collaborations with multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ben Folds.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Bairos is an accomplished and award-winning tubist, having given master classes and concerts with major festivals and orchestras around the world. Bairos has performed, toured, and recorded with the New York Philharmonic as well as with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, and Seattle. He has held principal positions with orchestras in America and Spain, and from 2004-2007 Bairos was principal Tuba for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Lisbon Portugal, Bairos is also a Yoga teacher, practitioner of Vipassana Meditation, and works and mentors with underserved children throughout the South Florida and Panhandle-Texas region. He makes his home in Miami, FL.