Active as both an orchestra and opera conductor, Vinay Parameswaran currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, where he works closely with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and conducts the symphony in classical, pops, education and community concerts. In his tenure as Associate Conductor, Parameswaran has conducted the Nashville Symphony in over 100 concerts.
In the 2016/17 season, Parameswaran will make his debuts with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Tucson Symphony. He will also make his Classical Series debut with the Nashville Symphony conducting works by Gabriella Smith, Grieg, and Prokofiev.
During the 2015/16 season, Parameswaran made his debuts with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra. During the 2014/15 season, Parameswaran made his debut with the Eugene Symphony, and he was one of four participants selected to participate in the David Zinman Conductors Workshop with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada. He was also one of 24 conductors selected to participate in the Malko Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 2013, Parameswaran conducted the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble on the album Two x Four, featuring violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh. Along with works by Bach and Philip Glass, the recording included Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds, which received a 2014 GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
During the 2013/14 season, Parameswaran conducted Itzhak Perlman and the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. He also returned to the Curtis Opera Theater in an acclaimed production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. During the 2012/13 season, he conducted Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Curtis Opera Theatre, followed by appearances with the Vermont Symphony conducting three double-concertos with Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh. He concluded the season with East Coast tour appearances with Laredo and Koh at the Perelman Theater (Kimmel Center), the Kennedy Center and Miller Theater as part of the “Curtis on Tour” program. In the summer of 2012, Parameswaran was one of seven out of over 130 applicants to be selected as a participant in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s Conductors Workshop, headed by Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier.
Previously, Parameswaran led the Curtis Symphony Orchestra twice at Verizon Hall in works by Ludwig, Barber and Danielpour, and he made his Kennedy Center debut in 2011 with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.
Parameswaran is an accomplished pianist and percussionist. He studied piano with William Wellborn, Linda Jiorle-Nagy, and Keiko Sato, and percussion with Jack Van Geem and David Herbert. He has performed concertos with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and the Pioneer Valley Symphony, and he is the only student to ever win the Brown University Orchestra Concerto Competition on two different instruments. He has also given solo recitals in San Francisco, Berkeley, Providence, and Philadelphia.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and political science from Brown University, where he graduated with honors. At Brown, he began his conducting studies with Paul Phillips. He received a diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller, distinguished conducting pedagogue, as the Albert M. Greenfield Fellow.