Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director
The orchestra of the Grand Duchy, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL), represents a very dynamic part of the culture of its country. Since its brilliant debut in 1933 under the aegis of Radio Luxembourg (RTL), the orchestra has performed all over Europe. Publicly administered since 1996, the OPL has since 2005 been resident at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, one of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe.
The acoustics of its residence, praised by great orchestras, conductors, and soloists from all over the world, its long-standing relationships with renowned halls and festivals, as well as its close collaboration with first-rate musical personalities, have contributed to making the OPL an orchestra renowned for the elegance of its sound. Its standing has been confirmed by an impressive list of awards received for different recordings: Grammy Award, Grand Prix Charles Cros, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, BBC Music Choice, as well as, on several occasions, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique along with many others.
In Gustavo Gimeno’s fourth season as Music Director (following Henri Pensis, Carl Melles, Louis de Froment, Leopold Hager, David Shallon, Bramwell Tovey, and Emmanuel Krivine), there is a particular emphasis on the scope of repertoire ranging from Bach, Haydn, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius to Schönberg, Dutilleux and Verunelli. A recording collaboration with the label Pentatone, that started with the release of four volumes dedicated to Bruckner, Shostakovitch, Ravel and Mahler, will be continued in 2018 with works by Stravinsky and Debussy.
The orchestra demonstrates its diversity in concert formats such as «Aventure+» and «Lunch concerts», regular opera productions staged at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, film-concerts such as «Live Cinema» in collaboration with the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg and «Pops at the Phil» evenings.
Musical partnerships in the 2018/19 season include the Artists in residence at the Philharmonie Philippe Herreweghe, Brad Mehldau and Yuja Wang. The OPL will perform with conductors including Marc Minkowski, Dmitry Liss, Eliahu Inbal, Baldur Brönnimann, Andrew Manze, Hans-Christoph Rademann and Nikolaj Znaider, and soloists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Camilla Tilling, Vilde Frang, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Simon Keenlyside, Martin Helmchen, Martin Grubinger, Anja Harteros and Jean-Guihen Queyras.
The OPL and the Philharmonie Luxembourg share an interest in innovative educational projects for children and young people and indeed in adult education. Since 2003, the orchestra has taken on concerts and workshops for schools, children and families as well as educational DVD productions. It performs in schools and hospitals, and prepares school classes for its subscription concerts. Furthermore, it invites audiences to discover orchestral music in its «Dating+» series.
The orchestra, which consists of 98 musicians from more than 20 countries, is regularly invited to perform at music venues in Europe as well as in Asia and the USA. In 2018/19, guest performances will take the orchestra to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey. OPL concerts are regularly broadcast by Luxembourg radio 100,7 and internationally by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
The OPL is subsidised by the Ministry of Culture of the Grand Duchy and receives further support from the City of Luxembourg. Its sponsors are Banque de Luxembourg, BGL BNP Paribas, Caceis, CA Indosuez, The Leir Charitable Foundations and Mercedes. Since 2012, a cello made by Matteo Goffriller (1659–1742), known as «Le Luxembourgeois», has been placed at the OPL’s disposal by BGL BNP Paribas.