After an international search and audition by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, JUAN FELIPE MOLANO was appointed in 2014 as the conductor for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), and previously held that position with the Colombian Youth Philharmonic and Batuta Colombian System of Youth Orchestras (El Sistema – Colombia) as the National Director of orchestras.
Newly appointed Resident Conductor of the American Youth Symphony, Molano graduated with special honors as an orchestral and opera conductor from the Vienna Conservatory, studying with Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark and having master classes with conductors such as Kurt Masur and Vladimir Fedoseyev.
He served five years as Music and Artistic Director of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, conducting an eclectic symphonic repertoire, operas, and contemporary works, and collaborating with artists such as Plácido Domingo, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Eric Aubier, Joseph De Pasquale, and Ryu Goto. He has also conducted top orchestras throughout Europe, the United States, Asia, and South and Central America, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Slovak Radio Symphony, Youth Orchestra of Americas, Monterey Symphony, the Nuevo León University Symphony, the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana, the Bogota Philharmonic, the Colombian National Symphony, the Morelia Symphony Orchestra, the Euskadiko Ikasleen Orkestra, the Via dei Concerti Orchestra, the Medellín Philharmonic, and the Eafit University Symphony.
He has contributed to several international conferences, workshops, and seminars as a speaker, including the International Teaching Artist Conference (Norway), the National Conference for Youth Symphony Orchestras (Argentina), the Take a Stand International Symposium 2012/2014/2015 (Los Angeles), YOA Leaders International Seminar (online streaming), and the Batuta Teachers training program (Colombia).
Molano has a deep passion for education; currently on faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, he also served as Professor at the Yucatan University of Arts (Mexico), the National University of Colombia, the Ibague Conservatory, the Universidad de Antioquia, and the Eafit University (Colombia), and is committed to inspiring orchestras and enriching audiences from the podium. Molano lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.