Felipe Tristán is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after conductors from Mexico. He has conducted performances in China, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and in cities across the US, including Chicago, Houston, Washington DC, San Diego, New Orleans, Minneapolis, and in some of the foremost stages in New York including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, DiMenna Center, and the Brooklyn Museum. In 2018, he was honored for his conducting by being awarded 1st Prize at the International Conductors Workshop & Competition in Atlanta. In 2019, he won the 1st Prize at the Klangkraft Dirigierwettbewerbs Conducting Competition.
Starting with the 2018-2019 season, Felipe has been Associate Conductor of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra (BSO), where he previously served as Assistant Conductor from 2015-2018. He is the host and producer of the BSO Podcast, a program of interviews & music talks featuring the BSO musicians and guest artists. Felipe also serves as Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, a semi-professional ensemble founded in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate in New York and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, which promotes concert music from the Americas as well as intercontinental dialogue. In the summer seasons, Felipe served as Music Director of the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia, where he collaborated with artists from The Metropolitan Opera who teach and perform in Mexico. In this festival, Felipe conducted operatic repertoire from Handel, Donizetti, Bellini, Mozart, Berlioz, through Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, as well as Mexican and American modern composers.
Enthusiastic about cross-genre & multimedia projects, Felipe has collaborated with several rock, pop, and jazz artists, merging these genres with orchestral music and pushing the canon to appeal to a new and more diverse, inclusive audience.
An energetic music educator and arts administrator, Felipe received thorough training in the fields of aesthetic education, creativity, imagination, and arts in the classroom as a Kenan Fellow at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Shortly thereafter, he taught at the El Sistema-inspired organization Corona Youth Music Project, now a robust music program in Queens, New York. Currently, he continues his music education work as Assistant Director of Education of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance - a six-time Grammy Award®-winning orchestra and educational organization - which now engages over 2,200 NYC public school students in free after-school music programs. He is also the Conductor of the Repertory Symphony Orchestra at the precollege division of the Manhattan School of Music.
Guest conducting appearances include the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro, Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Baja California, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Oaxaca, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Chihuahua, Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL (Monterrey Symphony), Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán, Orquesta Sinfónica de la ESMDM, Filarmónica Juvenil de Nuevo León, among others. In 2017 Felipe toured China, where he conducted and presented a TEDx talk about the benefits of music education.
Felipe holds degrees from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, Universidad Regiomontana, University of Houston, and North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2017, he attended the prestigious Gstaad Music Festival with Jaap van Zweden, music director of the New York Philharmonic. He participated in advanced studies in orchestral conducting with Dr. Mark Shapiro at the evening division of The Juilliard School.