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Felipe Tristan

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Felipe Tristan
BornMonterrey, Mexico
💼 Occupation
Flutist and orchestral conductor, Music Director [1]
🏢 Organizationconductor of the Repertory Orchestra at the Manhattan School of Music, associate conductor of the Teatro Grattacielo
TitleFlutist and orchestral conductor,[2]
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Felipe Tristán is a Mexican conductor of the Repertory Orchestra at the Manhattan School of Music, associate conductor of the Teatro Grattacielo[3], and of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.[4]

He was the first Mexican to be named Assistant Conductor of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra in 2015[5]. He was the first prize winner of the International Conductors Workshop & Competition Atlanta in 2018, semifinalist of the Houston Symphony.[6]

Tristán has conducted performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), as well as in Germany, Canada, China, Panama, Switzerland, and in the United States in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Houston, San Diego, New Orleans, Minneapolis, among others. In Mexico, he has guest conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL, Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Michoacán, Orquesta Filarmónica del Estado de Chihuahua, Orquesta Sinfónica de Oaxaca, Orquesta de Baja California, Sinfónica de la ESMDM. He has performed in China, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Panama, and across the US, in cities such as Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, San Diego, New Orleans, Minneapolis. In New York City, he has conducted on stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.[7][8][9][10]

Early Life[edit]

Felipe Tristán was born in the northeastern city of Monterrey, Mexico to a family of engineers and accountants. He showed talent in the arts from an early age, quickly joining the local conservatory and performing in national youth orchestras during his teenage years. Later, he continued his professional studies in Texas, North Carolina, and New York City. He holds degrees from the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, University of Houston, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and advanced conducting studies at the evening division of the Juilliard School.[11][12]


Tristán is the 1st Prize Winner of the Klangkraft[13] 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 an Excellence Award from the Mexican Music Awards 2017.

Recently, Tristán debuted in Germany with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz. Previously, he attended the prestigious Gstaad Music Festival, in Switzerland with Jaap van Zweden (New York Philharmonic). In 2017, he toured China as a guest conductor and presented a TEDx Talk in Beijing and Zhengzhou, and later was honored to conduct at the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City) at the 40th Anniversary Gala of the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey - his alma mater. In 2015, he became the first mexican to be appointed Assistant Conductor of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, in which he is now Associate Conductor[9] and member of its board of directors. In Mexico, he worked as Music Director of the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia, a summer program that gathers young singers from around the world, as well as guest artists from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and the Manhattan School of Music. Since 2016, he is the Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas - a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas - is an ensemble that celebrates Latin American music as well as dialogue and cooperation across the continent, with the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, the Canadian Consulate of New York.[11][14]

Guest conducting appearances include the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra,[15] North Shore Symphony Orchestra,[16] Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro, Orquesta de Baja California, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Chihuahua, Orquesta Sinfónica de Oaxaca, Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL (Monterrey Symphony), Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán, among others. In 2018, he was appointed Director of the Repertory Orchestra at the Manhattan School of Music.[17] Also, he is Assistant Director at the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, GRAMMY Award-winning organization in New York. He has been on faculty at Brooklyn College, as Director of String Orchestras. Tristán holds degrees from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, Universidad Regiomontana, University of Houston,[18] and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He was awarded the prestigious Kenan Fellowship del Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (2011-2012). He completed advanced studies in orchestral conducting with Dr. Mark Shapiro at the evening division of the Juilliard School.[13][4][17][19][20]


  • Mexican conductor Felipe Tristan was awarded First Prize at the Klangkraft Orchester[13] Conducting Workshop & Competition 2019, celebrated in Duisburg, Germany.[21]
  • 1er Prize - Conducting Competition Atlanta 2018.
  • Excellence Music Award - Mexican Music Awards NY 2017.[22]


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  5. "Orquesta Sinfnica de Brooklyn - Felipe Tristn, Director Asociado". INBA - Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (in español). Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  6. Mexican Studies Oral History Project: Felipe Tristán (Spanish CC), retrieved 2021-07-02
  7. "Felipe Tristán gana premio de dirección en Alemania". El Universal (in español). 2019-10-02. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  8. "Alumni Spotlight: Conducting Across the Globe". Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  9. 9.0 9.1 BARTÓK: Romanian Folk Dances - FELIPE TRISTAN Manhattan School of Music, retrieved 2021-07-02
  10. RESPIGHI - Pines of Rome, Mov. III, retrieved 2021-07-02
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Necesitamos menos muros y más orquestas: Felipe Tristán". Vanguardia MX (in español). Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  12. "Music for Autism | » Felipe Tristan". Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Premia Klangkraft Orchester a Felipe Tristán". El Porvenir (in español). Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  14. Molina, Hernan Porras (2019-10-02). "Felipe Tristán gana premio de dirección en Alemania". EntornoInteligente (in español). Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  15. "New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra - About". Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  16. "Felipe Tristan". North Shore Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Felipe Tristan". Manhattan School of Music. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  18. Univercity of houston. "Artistic Leadership". Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved 2021-07-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. Spielman, Helen. "Power Coffee and 10 Million Concerts: Felipe Tristan, Flutist and Conductor". The Flute Examiner. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  20. RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez - FELIPE TRISTAN, retrieved 2021-07-02
  21. "Klangkraft Masterclass & Competition 2019". Klangkraft Orchester, Duisburg (in Deutsch). 2019-09-30. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  22. 3 Things You Didn't Know About Maestro Felipe Tristan, retrieved 2021-07-02

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