Award-winning Mexican conductor and educator Felipe Tristán is known for bringing lively musical prowess to the podium. He has worked with orchestras around the world and currently serves as conductor with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Grattacielo, and at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege division, in New York. Also, he serves as the Artistic Creative Partnerships Manager of the GRAMMY®️ award-winning, Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.
He is the founding Music Director of the Monterrey Summer Opera Academy, a successful program that gathers talented voice students from around the world. Among the faculty members of this program is the iconic American mezzo-soprano, Dolora Zajick.
In 2023, he was chosen as guest conductor for the Met Gala, conducting a repertoire that honored the famed designer, Karl Lagerfeld. Felipe is committed to promoting an inclusive performing arts industry and has collaborated with artists and producers on initiatives such as Carnegie Hall Citywide, NY Phil Bandwagon, Met Opera, Lincoln Center, and the GRAMMY®️ award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (HBO’s Fandango at the Wall), among others, to create engaging programs for diverse audiences. He was featured in FORBES magazine in the section "Working Journal" by photographer Michael Fiedler.
He is the 1st Prize Winner of the Klangkraft Dirigierwettbewerbs Conducting Competition (Germany 2019), 1st Prize Winner of the International Conductors Workshop & Competition (Atlanta 2018), 1st Prize of the Shining Stars Concerto Competition of New York; and received an Excellence Award from the Mexican Music Awards, in 2017.
In 2017, Felipe toured China as a guest conductor and presented a TEDx Talk in Beijing and Zhengzhou, and later that same year, he was honored to conduct at the Palacio de Bellas Artes - Mexico’s foremost stage - at the 40th Anniversary Gala of the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey.
Among the orchestras he has conducted are the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, New Amsterdam Symphony, Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, Zhengzhou Symphony, among others. In Mexico, the Aguascalientes, Querétaro, Chihuahua, Oaxaca, Monterrey, Baja California, and Michoacán symphony orchestras. Some of the operatic titles conducted are Falstaff and Il Trovatore (Verdi), La bohème (Puccini), Carmen (Bizet), L’amico Fritz (Mascagni), L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti). Recently, he conducted the world premiere of the ballet "Maximiliano & Carlota" with music by Caleb Ruiz.
Recording credits include an album as a producer with flutist Krzysztof Kaczka and members of the Met Orchestra with works by Schubert (Hänssler Classics) and the album Flute Concertos by Reinecke & Penderecki with flutist Krzysztof Kaczka and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, by under the label Hänssler Classics.
Interim Artistic Director
Repertory Orchestra, Conductor
General Director & Conductor
1st PRIZE WINNER
Klangkraft Orchester Dirigierwettbewerbs
Conducting Competition - GERMANY