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 “creative 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 genre-bending chamber orchestra designed for the 21st century described as “fiery, captivating and refreshingly original” (Saratogaliving.com). Bairos is recognized as one the new emerging leaders of classical music performance, trailblazing relevant and compelling performances which speak to society today.
In 2018/19, Bairos will make subscription debuts with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as well as appear with the San Francisco Symphony. Bairos returns to the Grand Rapids Symphony curating new musical performances in collaboration with the world-famous ArtPrize Festival, Earshot, and the American Composers Orchestra. Bairos has also continued his strong relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra – directing their critically-acclaimed DeClassified Series, the In Your Neighborhood Initiative, and multiple pops programs through 2017/18. Previous season debuts include the Detroit Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic; returns to the Atlanta Symphony and Sarasota Orchestra; and performances and commissions of over 20 world-premieres. 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 is also Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director along with composer Sam Hyken, for Nu Deco Ensemble. 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.
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 Villegas. Bairos closely collaborates with some of today’s most groundbreaking artists such as Academy Award-winning guitarist-composer Bryce Dessner, guitarist-composer Seu Jorge, singer-songwriter-violinist Kishi Bashi, neo-funk soul-singer Bilal, jazz crossover pianist Aaron Diehl, Grammy-award winning soul singer Gregory Porter, and NOLA pianist singer-songwriter John Baptiste. Since 2014, Bairos has also worked closely on many projects and collaborations with multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Ben Folds.
Bairos’s musical mentors included esteemed teacher of conductors Gustav Meier, as well as Robert Spano, Jorma Panula, and Kurt Masur. Jacomo is a graduate of the famed conducting programs of both the Peabody Institute and Aspen Music Festival, as well as a graduate from the Julliard School as an accomplished and award-winning tubist. 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.