Luxembourg Philharmonic

Meet the Music
D rector

Maestro Gimeno doesn’t just conduct. He carefully curates the Luxembourg Philharmonic’s identity and repertoire, challenges the orchestra to thread new ground and works to bring the musicians together as one united artistic community.

Gustavo Gimeno conducting

With passion and precision,

Gustavo masterminds countless concert and recording projects for the orchestra, in Luxembourg and abroad. When Gustavo Gimeno took up his position as music director in 2015, he expressed a hope that the Luxembourg Philharmonic would establish itself as a formation «where open-mindedness and flexibility reign, and which has the ability to adapt to different repertoires, epochs and stylistic approaches». Nine seasons later, one can confidently state that these goals have been achieved. The Spanish maestro, who was mentored by Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado and first came to attention on concert stages in the Netherlands before being appointed to his post in Luxembourg, has found his place at the interface between great classical works and rarities of the repertoire. The incredible diversity of works he has performed over the years at the Philharmonie and on tour abroad stands testament to this fact, alongside his voluminous discography on the labels Pentatone and harmonia mundi, ranging from Gioacchino Rossini to César Franck and Francisco Coll. Gustavo Gimeno is preparing to take over the music directorship at the Teatro Real in Madrid, starting with the 2025/26 season. Here and there, his work is inspired by the strong wish of giving something to others. Among the highlights he offers Luxembourgish audiences during the 2024/25 season are a new percussion concerto by Sauli Zinovjev featuring Vivi Vassileva, Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony and Respighi’s tone-poems Feste romane and Pini di Roma. Gustavo Gimeno remains music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and makes guest conducting appearances around the globe. This season, he will work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and will conduct a new production of Eugene Onegin at Teatro Real in Madrid.

« In the sound we produce, in the work we do, we are a team. » - Gustavo Gimeno

Before Gustavo, they also led the Luxembourg Philharmonic...

  • Emmanuel Krivine

    Emmanuel Krivine

    2006 - 2015

  • Bramwell Tovey

    Bramwell Tovey

    2002 - 2006

  • David Shallon

    David Shallon

    1997 - 2000

  • Leopold Hager

    Leopold Hager

    1980 - 1996

  • Louis De Froment

    Louis de Froment

    1960 - 1980

  • Carl Melles & Carlo Kaufhold

    Carl Melles

    1958 - 1960

  • Henri Pensis

    Henri Pensis

    1933 – 1940 & 1946 - 1958