Recognized as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, Cuban-born violist Yunior Lopez enjoys a unique career as a chamber player, conductor, and entrepreneur. A recipient of many awards and prizes, Mr. Lopez appears regularly throughout North America collaborating with esteemed artists as both conductor and violist. He’s currently the Artistic & Music Director of the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra, and the CEO of the Lord of the Cigars Corporation.
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As an emerging young conductor, Yunior Lopez is motivated by the power of music and its endless possibilities. At the age of 20 and upon the recommendation of Maestros Uri Mayer and Mario Bernardi, Mr. Lopez was appointed Conductor of the Academy Symphony Orchestra at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Since then he has been invited to conduct orchestral productions throughout North America, including the 2013 Royal Occasion with the 2Cellos, pop concerts with members of the Toronto Symphony and Canadian Opera Company, and the Havana Soloists Orchestra. Moreover, he’s collaborated with artists like Barry Shiffman, Stanislav Pronin, Andres Diaz, Stephan Moccio, and Steven Dann, to name a few. In September 2015, Mr. Lopez founded the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra, where he currently serves as Executive & Music Director. The impact of his leadership and innovative programming has become evident with the success of the Young Artists Orchestra. As the one of the few tuition-free and professional training youth orchestras in the United States, the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra presents over 15 concerts and events per season, and has become a model for its high quality music education, collaborative programming, and community engagement. Mr. Lopez is currently working on a symphonic album of forgotten and suppressed works by Cuban composers.