Music Director and Principal Conductor,
Honored with Brazil’s Carlos Gomes Prize for Best Conductor of 2008, Maestro Mechetti garners consistent praise for his artistry and knowledge of repertoire. Currently, he also serves as music director and principal conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in Brazil. He held the post of music director of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra for 11 seasons and led the Syracuse Symphony for ten seasons, becoming music director in 1993.
Beyond the Jacksonville Symphony stage, Mr. Mechetti’s conducting highlights in the 2012-13 season include concerts in Puerto Rico and Mexico, as well as the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma and a tour of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Also an acclaimed opera conductor, Mr. Mechetti has led 11 fully-staged operas with the Jacksonville Symphony. He made his American opera debut with the Washington Opera, served as music director of the Rio de Janeiro Opera, and directed productions in Syracuse, Spokane and Brazil.
In addition to his Carnegie Hall orchestral debut with the New Jersey Symphony, Mr. Mechetti has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras througout the United States, including the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Seattle, Utah, Rochester, San Antonio, San Jose, Austin, Phoenix, Charlotte, Omaha and Long Island, as well as orchestras in Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela. Recent engagements also include orchestras in Finland (Tampere Philharmonic) and Scotland (BBC Scottish Symphony).
Winner of the 1989 Malko International Conducting Competition in Denmark, Mr. Mechetti has conducted extensively in Scandinavia. He led the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand and has made several appearances with the orchestras of Tokyo, Sapporo and Hiroshima.
Mr. Mechetti served as associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, leading numerous concerts at the Kennedy Center, the West Lawn of the Capitol and at Wolf Trap. He was also resident conductor of the San Diego Symphony.
Mr. Mechetti holds Master’s degrees in conducting and composition from the Juilliard School of Music. Married to the concert pianist Aida Ribeiro, the two are proud parents of young twin daughters Carolina and Marina.