Enrico Lopez-Yañez, newly named principal pops conductor at the Pacific Symphony.

Enrico Lopez-Yañez has been appointed principal pops conductor of California’s Pacific Symphony, effective Sept. 1, 2023. He succeeds Principal Pops Conductor Laureate Richard Kaufman, who led the orchestra’s pops series for 32 years. Lopez-Yañez will lead June 9 and 10 concerts as principal pops conductor designate; in the 2023-24 season, Lopez-Yañez will lead four programs of the seven-concert Pacific Symphony Pops series. He is also principal pops conductor of the Nashville Symphony, a title he will retain. In his six seasons with the Nashville Symphony, Lopez-Yañez has curated the pops series and special concerts with a broad spectrum of artists. This season, Lopez-Yañez leads pops and classical concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, and makes return appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Utah Symphony. Lopez-Yañez works as a producer, composer, and arranger, and, as artistic director and co-founder of Symphonica Productions, curates and leads programs designed to cultivate new audiences.