Armando Merino was born in Madrid in 1984. After his saxophone studies in Madrid he studied conducting with Jordi Mora in Barcelona and afterwards he absolved with highest qualifications a master degree in contemporary music conducting with Arturo Tamayo in Lugano (Switzerland).

In 2015 he was member of the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie. He has also participated in numerous masterclasses with important conductors like Pierre Boulez, Peter Rundel, Titus Engel, Michael Luig and Kasper de Roo among others where he conducted different ensembles like Remix Ensemble, Zafraan Ensemble, Meitar Ensemble and Divertimento Ensemble among others.
In 2014 Armando Merino founded the Ensemble BlauerReiter in Munich with whom he started the concert series “Code modern” in which each concert develops a different thread which links in a special way all the pieces of the program. Despite the short period of time Ensemble BlauerReiter has been recognized as an emerging, very promising Ensemble for contemporary music in Munich as the cooperations with the Bavarian Radio and Schwere Reiter Musik demonstrates.

As guest conductor, Armando Merino has worked with Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchester des Nordhazer Städtebundtheaters, Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Wernigerode, Akademisches Sinfonieorchester München, Filarmonica Mihail Jora and Kammerphilharmonie Budweis.

In 2014 he conducted the Spanish premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino´s “la bocca, i piedi, il suono” with Sigma Project. As opera conductor Armando Merino made his debut in 2015 with a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor with the Lyrisches Opern Ensemble and Hoftheater Bergkirchen. In 2017 he conducts new productions of Die Fledermaus and Der Vogelhändler. Upcoming projects include concerts with Zafraan Ensemble, Ensemble BlauerReiter and Sigma Project among others.

Armando Merino | Foto: KLANGWORK/Janko Rašeta