Featured Alumni

Jacomo Rafael Bairos

GMYS Alumnus - Amarillo Symphony’s 17th Music Director and Conductor, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Nu Deco Ensemble

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Jacomo Rafael Bairos was a member of GMYS from ___ to ___ and credits GMYS with being instrumental in providing the start to his career. Recently Mr. Bairos returned to GMYS as guest conductor for the Symphony Orchestra.

“GMYS was everything to me when I was young – my experience there set me on a path to music and love of music and a wonderful career which I am very excited to have…”

As an accomplished and award-winning tubist, Bairos has given master classes and performed with festivals and orchestras around the world. New York Magazine praised his solo performances in the Juilliard Focus Festival of 1998 as one of the “instrumental highs of the festival.” At age 18, he was the first tubist in the history of the Aspen Music Festival to win the festival-wide concerto competition.

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 posts with orchestras in America, Spain, and China and most recently was principal Tuba for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2007.

In demand annually with some of America’s finest orchestras, and described as a “genuine talent” by the Atlanta Constitution Journal, Portuguese-American Jacomo Rafael Bairos enjoys an emerging international career that is diverse, creative and inclusive. As the Amarillo Symphony’s 17th Music Director and Conductor, and Co-founder and Artistic Director of Nu Deco Ensemble, Bairos’ imaginative and energetic leadership has fostered a collaborative spirit for presenting great art at the highest levels. Through community partnerships and engaging outreach programs, as well as his dedication to facilitating young composers and musicians, Bairos has deepened these ensembles reach as a vehicle for cultural expression, artistic growth and positive community impact.

2015/16 season debuts include the National (Washington, DC), and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, as well as subscription performances with The Grand Rapids and Knoxville Symphony Orchestras. Previous subscription engagements include the Atlanta, Singapore, Alabama, Liepzig, and Charleston Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial of Santa Fe Argentina and the Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad de Guanajuato of Mexico. Additionally, he has appeared with the St. Loius, Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras, along with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta National do Porto Portugal, and the Louisiana Philharmonic. Bairos’s 2009 debut recording of Raw Emotions with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra—which featured concertos by North American living composers—was met with critical acclaim from Fanfafe Magazine. Read more