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Described as “thrilling" (Providence Journal), having a “splendid sense of musicality” (Knoxville Mercury), and being a “genuine talent” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Portuguese-American Jacomo Bairos is consistently sought after for his dynamic artistry, electrifying performances, and holistic approach to engaging with his community. In high demand by some of America's finest orchestras, Bairos has earned a reputation for "world class musicianship" (Providence Journal) and "creative ingenuity” (Miami Herald). Bairos is the Amarillo Symphony’s 17th Music Director and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director for Miami-based Nu Deco Ensemble; a virtuosic and eclectic 21st-century chamber orchestra described as "fiery, captivating, and refreshingly original” (saratogaliving.com). Imaginative, profoundly dedicated to young musicians, and an ardent commissioner and supporter of living composers, Bairos is widely recognized as an emerging leader of classical music performance; producing compelling, relevant, and trailblazing  performances which speak to society today.

In the 2018/19 season, Bairos appears with the San Francisco Symphony, makes subscription debuts with the Singapore and Forth Worth Symphony Orchestras, and debuts with the Wichita Symphony. Bairos also returns to the Grand Rapids Symphony where he conducts and curates new music performances in collaboration with the world famous ArtPrize Festival and the League of American Orchestras’ Earshot program. His long-standing relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra continued through 2018 directing their critically-acclaimed DeClassified Series, the In Your Neighborhood Initiative, and multiple Pops programs.

In recent seasons, Bairos has appeared with the Detroit and Houston Symphonies and has made returns to the Atlanta, St. Louis, San Diego, Florida, Sarasota, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras. Previous subscription engagements include the Rhode Island and Malaysian Philharmonics, Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Santa Fe (Argentina), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico), and the Alabama, Knoxville, Oaxaca (Mexico), Leipzig (Germany), and Charleston Symphony Orchestras for which he conducted on every series. Additionally, Bairos has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música (Portugal), the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Singapore, Jacksonville, and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras.

Along with composer Sam Hyken, Bairos is Co-Founder and Artistic Director for Nu Deco Ensemble: Miami’s critically-acclaimed, genre-bending chamber orchestra. Nu Deco Ensemble enters into its fourth season with their first studio album release, first out-of-state performance in Saratoga, New York, and with continued residencies at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Miami’s groundbreaking Wynwood venue, The Light Box. "Occasionally, you see or hear something that blows your mind. Last night, Nu Deco Ensemble at Saratoga Performing Arts Center was exactly that,” (saratogaliving.com). Since their 2015 inception, Nu Deco Ensemble has commissioned/world-premiered over 60 new works and has created a unique model for sustainability and relevance in today’s musical world. Fusing an enthusiasm for new music with classical, popular, electronic, and multi-disciplined performances, Nu Deco Ensemble represents the energy and creativity of Miami’s new cultural renaissance. 

This season marks Bairos’ sixth year as the Amarillo Symphony’s 17th Music Director. His unique approach to programming has brought about the creation of SymphonyKids, the Happy-Holiday Pops series, and captivating outreach initiatives such as Class Act. Bairos has presided over both tremendous fiscal and artistic growth for the Symphony, which has achieved consistent sold-out performances for the first time in decades. Bairos and the Amarillo Symphony have also established the first-ever Composer-in-Residence with American, Chris Rogerson.

The wide range of Bairos’ artist collaborators include famed pianists Jeremy Denk, Garrick Ohlsson, and Anne-Marie McDermott, and Mezzo-soprano, J'Nai Bridges. Bairos also closely collaborates with some of today’s most groundbreaking and eclectic artists such as: Bryce Dessner, Seu Jorge, Kishi Bashi, Bilal, Aaron Diehl, Gregory Porter, Cory Henry, and Jon Batiste. Since 2014, Bairos has worked intimately on numerous projects and collaborations with multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Ben Folds.

With education and outreach as core tenants of his work, Bairos passionately presents insightful and engaging musical performances to schools and children across the United States and abroad. Bairos has crafted interactive programs and concerts for orchestras such as Amarillo’s Class Act and SymphonyKids, Nu Deco Ensemble’s Imagine series, and collaborations with Carnegie Hall’s Link-Up program which annually enriches the lives of tens of thousands of children.

Bairos’ musical mentors included the late esteemed teacher of conductors Gustav Meier and the distinguished Maestro Kurt Masur. From 2010-13, Bairos studied, assisted, and mentored with Robert Spano and worked closely with Jorma Panula. After participating in the 2012 Kurt Masur Conductors Seminar in New York City, Bairos was awarded the prestigious Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship by the US Mendelssohn Foundation and Kurt Masur. Bairos subsequently traveled to Germany to conduct concerts with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, assist at the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and further his studies and mentorship with Maestro Masur. Jacomo is a graduate of the famed conducting programs of both the Peabody Institute and Aspen Music Festival.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Bairos is an accomplished and award-winning tubist, having given master classes and concerts with major festivals and orchestras around the world. Bairos has performed, toured, and recorded with the New York Philharmonic as well as with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, and Seattle. He has held principal positions with orchestras in America and Spain, and from 2004-2007 Bairos was principal Tuba for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.


Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Bairos is also a yoga teacher and practitioner of Vipassana Meditation, and mentors underserved children throughout the South Florida and Texas Panhandle regions. He makes his home in Miami, Florida, with his therapy-trained Carolina dog, Sophie.


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