Juan Pablo Valencia-HEREDIA

Colombian conductor with a versatile artistic career that combines both universal and Latin American repertoire. He currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Extremadura Orchestra (Spain) and previously held the position of Resident Conductor of the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra (Colombia) from 2019 to 2021.

He won the Latin Grammy in 2021 with the project "Tú Rockcito Filarmónico" with the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra and the band Tú Rockcito. He has made significant contributions to the orchestra, including the first international tour to various cities in Italy, premieres and performances of Latin American composers' repertoire, and the recording of several symphonies by Beethoven in the project "Beethoven en Medellín."

He has performed as a conductor or guest cellist with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Extremadura Orchestra, Cordoba Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra, Castilla y León Orchestra, Cadaqués Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Eafit Symphony Orchestra, Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá, National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, among others.

From 2015 to 2017, he served as the National Symphonic Director at the National Batuta Foundation.

Born in Medellín (Colombia), Juan Pablo Valencia Heredia pursued his master's studies in orchestra conducting and music with a specialization in cello at Eafit University. He also completed a postgraduate course, specializing in cello, at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Salamanca.