Assistant Conductor

May 28, 2024 – The Austin Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is thrilled to welcome Pablo Zamora as the new Assistant Conductor, a full-time position which is a historical first for the organization. Zamora will also assume the role of Music Director for the Austin Youth Orchestra, bringing his extensive experience and vibrant energy to the Austin music community.

Originally hailing from Costa Rica, Zamora has conducted prestigious orchestras across the globe, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the University of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. His remarkable career reflects his dedication to both performance and education, making him a perfect fit for ASO’s commitment to musical excellence and community engagement.

“We are delighted to welcome Pablo to the Austin Symphony Orchestra family,” said Interim CEO/ Executive Director Jim Green. “His impressive background and passion for music education will greatly enhance our orchestra and inspire the next generation of musicians in Austin.”

In addition to his professional conducting career, Zamora is a devoted music educator. He has worked with numerous youth and community orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Atlanta Music Project, the National Honor Orchestras of the National System of Music Education of Costa Rica and Orquesta Humanidades of the University of Costa Rica. His leadership in these programs has helped nurture young talent and foster a love of classical music.

Zamora’s involvement in prestigious music initiatives further showcases his dedication to the arts. He has been a vital part of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestras, the Encuentros Festival of the Dudamel Foundation, the YOLA National Festival of the LA Philharmonic, the Carlos Miguel Prieto Conducting Fellowship Academy and the Sphinx Connect conference of the Sphinx Organization. His mentorship under well-known educator Marianne Ploger and renowned conductors such as Catherine Larsen-Maguire, Molly Turner, Sarah Ioannides, Ligia Amadio and Miguel Harth-Bedoya has shaped his distinctive conducting style and educational philosophy.

“I am honored to join the Austin Symphony Orchestra and become a part of this vibrant community,” said Pablo Zamora. “I look forward to working with the talented musicians of the ASO and the Austin Youth Orchestra, and to contributing to the rich cultural tapestry of Austin.”

Zamora’s appointment marks a significant milestone for the ASO as it continues to enrich the cultural landscape of Austin through innovative performances and comprehensive educational programs. This new role is made possible by supporters that have given to the Peter Bay Artistic Fund which includes initiatives to enhance outreach in the Austin community.