Graduated with special honors as an orchestral and opera conductor from the Vienna Conservatory, JUAN FELIPE MOLANO was appointed in 2014 as the conductor for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) after an international search and auditions by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Molano was also appointed in 2016 as Resident Conductor of the American Youth Symphony as well as Conductor of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra.
He served five years as Music and Artistic Director of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, conducting an eclectic symphonic repertoire from early music to contemporary works and a list of opera productions including Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, L’Elisir d’Amore, and Bastien und Bastienne, since which time the YSO has been considered one of the top Mexican orchestras.
He has collaborated with artists such as Plácido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Eric Aubier, Joseph De Pasquale, and Ryu Goto. He has also conducted top orchestras throughout Europe, the United States, Asia, and South and Central America, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Slovak Radio Symphony, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela/Take a Stand Festival, Youth Orchestra of Americas, Monterey Symphony Orchestra, the Nuevo León University Symphony, the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana, the Bogota Philharmonic, the Colombian National Symphony, the Morelia Symphony Orchestra, the Via dei Concerti Orchestra, the Medellin Philharmonic, and El Sistema Japan Orchestra, among many others. For five years Molano held the position of National Director of Orchestras at the Batuta Colombian System of Youth Orchestras (El Sistema – Colombia), leading their top orchestras throughout Colombia as well as in different international tours. He has been also the conductor of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic, the Take a Stand Festival Orchestras 2016, El Sistema Salinas, and El Sistema San Rafael in California.
He has participated in several international conferences, workshops, and seminars as a speaker, including the International Teaching Artist Conference (Norway), the 2016 International Community Orchestras Forum (Korea), the National Conference for Youth Orchestras (Argentina), the Take a Stand International Symposium 2012/2014/2015 (Los Angeles, California), YOA Leaders International Seminar (online streaming), and the Batuta Teachers training program (Colombia).
Molano, who has a deep passion for education, has taught as Professor at different universities in Mexico, the U.S. and Colombia, and is committed to inspiring orchestras and enriching audiences from the podium. Molano lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. Upcoming season highlights include concerts as a guest conductor in the U.S., Singapore, Philippines, and Colombia.