He was born in Colombia, trained in Austria, conducted in Spain and now he's the new music director of the Houston Symphony.

Andres Orozco-Estrada, 35, is a vibrant young conductor who has impressed audiences across Europe and the United States. Orozco-Estrada began conducting at age 15, which led the young violin player to begin training at the Vienna Music Academy at 19.

The selection caps a three-year pursuit led by a 12-member search committee comprised of Houston Symphony musicians, board members and staff. The candidates were even brought in to guest conduct with the symphony to see how the relationship worked. With Orozco-Estrada, the connection with the musicians and the audience was immediate.

Orozco-Estrada is currently the music director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, which also performs at the Vienna Musikverein, and he serves as principal conductor of the Basque National Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi) in San Sebastián, Spain.

"I feel such a strong connection with the musicians [in the Houston Symphony] and know that our relationship will be a very special one that produces beautiful and memorable performances for our audience," says Orozco-Estrada. " My focus will be on creating exceptional music, exciting and engaging as much of the community as possible, and raising the visibility and profile of the Houston Symphony throughout Houston and the world."

Orozco-Estrada will serve as Music Director Designate during the 2013-14 season and will begin a five-year contract in the 2014-15 season. He is the symphony's first Hispanic music director.