Music Director and Conductor
Described as a “genuine talent” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and having a “splendid sense of musicality” (Knoxville Mercury), Portuguese-American Jacomo Bairos is consistently sought after for his energetic leadership and dynamic artistry. Annually in demand by some of America’s finest orchestras, Bairos has earned a reputation for versatility, superb musicianship, and “creativity ingenuity” (Miami Herald). Bairos is the Amarillo Symphony’s 17th Music Director and also Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director for Miami-based Nu Deco Ensemble; a virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra designed for the 21st century. Through critically acclaimed imaginative performances and a profound dedication to young musicians and living composers, Bairos has fostered immense artistic growth, positivity community impact, and a collaborative spirit for the presentation of compelling art at the highest levels.
In 2016/17, Bairos performed and commissioned nine world-premieres, debuted with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and continued his strong relationships with the National (directing their critically acclaimed DeClassified Series), Atlanta, Sarasota and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras. In the previous season, Bairos made debuts with the Houston, Knoxville and Oaxaca (Mexico) Symphony Orchestras and returned to the St. Louis Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and the Florida Orchestra. Previous subscription engagements include appearances with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Santa Fe (Argentina), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico), and the Singapore, Alabama, Liepzig, and Charleston Symphony Orchestras for which he conducted on every series. Additionally, he has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música (Portugal), the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras.
In 2013, Bairos was appointed as the Amarillo Symphony’s 17th Music Director where his modern and engaging approach to programming has brought about the creation of SymphonyKids, Happy-Holiday Pops Series, and captivating outreach initiatives such as Class-Act. Bairos has not only presided over tremendous fiscal and artistic growth for the Amarillo Symphony, but has also achieved consistent sold-out performances for the first time in decades. Bairos and the Amarillo Symphony also established the first-ever Composer-in-Residence with American Chris Rogerson. Prior to that, Bairos was Associate Conductor for the Charlotte Symphony from 2010-2013 and programmed and conducted a broad spectrum of performances on all series to include the innovative KnightSounds concerts.
Bairos is also Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director along with composer Sam Hyken, for Nu Deco Ensemble – Miami’s critically acclaimed, genre-bending chamber orchestra. Nu Deco Ensemble presents compelling and transformative, live musical experiences that inspire, enrich, and connect new and diverse audiences and artists. Bairos and Hyken curate adventurous and exciting classically based collaborative performances that are not only socially conscious, but ignite the passions of new and seasoned music lovers of all ages. Nu Deco Ensemble has commissioned/world-premiered over 60 pieces since its 2015 inception and has created a unique model for sustainability and relevance in today’s world. Fusing an enthusiasm for new music with classical, popular, electronic and multi-discipline performances, Nu Deco Ensemble aims to represent Miami’s cultural renaissance on the world stage.
The wide range of Bairos’s artist collaborators include famed pianists Jeremy Denk, Garrick Ohlsson, and Anne-Marie McDermott, as well as internationally acclaimed guitarist, Pablo Saint Villagas. Bairos closely collaborates with some of today’s most groundbreaking artists such as Academy Award-winning guitarist-composer Bryce Dessner, singer-songwriter-violinist Kishi Bashi, neo-funk soul-singer Bilal, and the classical crossover group Project Trio. Since 2014, Bairos also continues to work closely 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 Carnegie Hall’s Link-Up Program which annually enrich the lives of tens of thousands of children.
Bairos’s musical mentors included esteemed teacher of conductors Gustav Meier, as well as Robert Spano, Jorma Panula, and Kurt Masur. After participating in the 2012 Kurt Masur Conductors Seminar in New York City — where he shared the podium with Maestro Masur in concert — 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.