The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has named Gonzalo Farias as its new assistant conductor.

Farias, who won the position through a nationwide audition, is set to oversee between 85 to 90 concerts per year.

“Gonzalo is not only a superb conductor, he is a warm and communicative person who will reach out to our communities and make many friends for the VSO,” said the orchestra’s conductor and music director JoAnn Falletta. “We feel lucky that we have on our team such a brilliant musician and a great advocate for the orchestra.”

Before taking the role, Farias worked with Marin Alsop to hold a conducting fellowship at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Farias also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from the University of Chile, and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois.

He will conduct his first VSO gig on Thursday in Virginia Beach, featuring songs from box office hits such as The Incredibles, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End and more.