Portuguese-American conductor Jacomo Bairos continues to redefine what a conductor can be and do in the 21st century, challenging the preconceptions of orchestral repertoire, blurring the lines of genre, and integrating the orchestra into the broader community in holistic and organic new ways. Bairos is the 17th Music Director for the Amarillo Symphony, Co-Founder and Artistic Director for Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble, and performs regularly as a guest conductor with some of the world’s finest orchestras.
Bairos’ performances have been described as “thrilling" (Providence Journal), “inspirational and highly communicative” (Singapore Straits Times) and having a “splendid sense of musicality” (Knoxville Mercury). The New York Times hailed Nu Deco Ensemble as “chamber orchestra for the 21st century,” while Billboard called them “a sonically spellbinding experience.”
In the 2018-2019 season, Bairos appears with San Francisco Symphony, makes subscription debuts with The Boston Pops, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conducts the Wichita and Winston-Salem Symphonies. Bairos also continues his longstanding relationship with the Atlanta and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, where he conducts and curates new music performances and mentors emerging composers in collaboration with the American Composers Orchestra’s Earshot program. His relationship with National Symphony Orchestra continued through 2018, directing their critically-acclaimed DeClassified Series, the In Your Neighborhood Initiative, and multiple Pops programs.
Bairos has appeared with the Detroit, Houston, North Carolina, Knoxville, and Alabama Symphony Orchestras, the Louisiana and Rhode Island Philharmonics and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has made numerous returns to the Atlanta, St. Louis, San Diego, Florida, Sarasota, Jacksonville, Charlotte and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. International engagements include Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore, Leipzig and Oaxaca Symphony Orchestras, as well as Orquesta Sinfónica’s do Porto Casa da Música (Poturgal), de Provincial de Santa Fe (Argentina), and de la Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico).
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 its fourth season with their first upcoming studio album release, a tour to SPAC on Stage (Saratoga, NY), and the Boca Festival of the Arts, renewed partnerships with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Miami’s ground breaking 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.” (Saratoga Living) Nu Deco Ensemble has commissioned and world-premiered over 60 new works, created a unique model for sustainability and relevance, and fuses an enthusiasm for new music with classical, popular, electronic, and multi-disciplined performances and artists.
This season is Bairos’ sixth year as the Amarillo Symphony’s 17th Music Director. His imaginative and inclusive tenure 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 and established the first-ever Composer-in-Residence with young American Chris Rogerson.
The diverse range of Bairos’ artist collaborators include famed pianists Jeremy Denk, Garrick Ohlsson, Conrad Tao, Anne-Marie McDermott and Mezzo-Soprano J’Nai Bridges to name a few. Bairos closely collaborates with some of today’s most groundbreaking artists such as Academy Award-winning composer/guitarist Bryce Dessner, Grammy winning artists Jacob Collier, Angeliqu Kidjo, Gregor Porter, as well as Kishi Bashi, Danay Suarez, Seu Jorge, Bilal, Aaron Deihl, Cory Henry, and Jon Batiste. Since 2014, Bairos has worked on numerous projects and collaborations with multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ben Folds.
Bairos’ musical mentors include the esteemed teacher of conductors Gustav Meier and the distinguished Maestro Kurt Masur. From 2010-13, Bairos studied, apprenticed and mentored with Robert Spano and worked with Jorma Panula. In 2012, Bairos was awarded the prestigious Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship by the U.S. Mendelssohn Foundation and Kurt Masur. Bairos is an orchestral conducting alum 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 masterclasses 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, practitioner of Vipassana Meditation, and works and mentors with underserved children throughout the South Florida and Panhandle-Texas region. He makes his home in Miami, FL.