Hailed for his “expert direction” by the Fanfare magazine, Paraguayan conductor Ernesto Estigarribia is the Assistant Conductor and Youth Ensembles Music Director of the Quad City Symphony. He has previously served as Music Director of Buffalo Community Orchestra and Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras. With a passion for working with young musicians, he is as member of the conducting staff of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.
Estigarribia has conducted the Rochester (MN) Symphony Orchestra, Oskaloosa Music Festival Orchestra, Orquesta del Centro del Conocimiento (Argentina), and Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional (Paraguay), where he became the first Paraguayan guest conductor to appear in the International series. In 2016, Ernesto conducted the premiere recording of the “Concertino for Viola” by Brazilian composer João Ripper with violist Korey Konkol and the University of Minnesota Camerata. In addition to symphonic performances, Ernesto has led numerous opera productions including Gianni Schicchi, Idomeneo, Albert Herring, and Weisse Rose.
His festival appearances include YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (England), Festival de Música de Santa Catarina (Brazil), Pienza Music Festival (Italy), International Festival Week of St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia), and Academia Internacional Teatro del Lago (Chile).
Ernesto is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he studied with Mark Russell Smith. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vegan cooking repertoire.