Conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa is one of the most renowned and versatile musicians of his generation. A member of Puerto Rico's distinguished musical family, he was named Music Director of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in 2000, after serving as that orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor for several seasons. In 2001 he was also named Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first Puerto Rican-born conductor to lead an important orchestra in the United States. In 1994 he made his Lincoln Center conducting debut with the New York City Ballet. In his dual role as soloist and conductor he has appeared with the Kansas City, Colorado Symphony and the Iceland Symphonies. He has been guest conductor of the New Jersey, Memphis, El Salvador Symphonies, the Orquesta del Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, and with Ballet Memphis and Ballets de San Juan. This season marks his debut with the Phoenix Symphony. For ten years he was Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet, appearing in over a hundred performances of the violin concerti by Stravinsky, Berg, Prokofieff, Brahms, Barber, Adams and Glass. Figueroa is a Founding Member of the world-renowned conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2003.