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Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director

Since its foundation in 1933 as part of the broadcasting activities of Radio Luxembourg (RTL), the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) has embodied the cultural vitality of the country at the heart of Europe. From 1996, the OPL has been publicly administered, and in 2005 it took up residence at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, where it performs in a hall with outstanding acoustics.

Uniting 98 musicians from twenty nations, the OPL is renowned for the elegance of its sound, which was developed by the successive chief conductors Henri Pensis, Carl Melles, Louis de Froment, Leopold Hager, David Shallon, Bramwell Tovey and Emmanuel Krivine, and is currently shaped by Gustavo Gimeno, now in his fifth year at the helm of the orchestra. For four seasons, the OPL has been collaborating with the classical record label Pentatone; so far, this partnership has yielded seven albums dedicated to works by Bruckner, Shostakovich, Debussy, Mahler, Ravel, Rossini and Stravinsky. 

The orchestra’s musical partners during the 2019/20 season include Artists in residence Isabelle Faust and Daniel Harding.

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’s musical partners during the 2019/20 season include Artists in residence Isabelle Faust and Daniel Harding.

Since 2003 the orchestra has been highly active in offering concerts and workshops for students, children and families. It also enjoys close working relationships with the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg, CAPE in Ettelbruck and Radio 100,7.

After invitations to tour numerous countries, the orchestra undertakes its first tour of South America in the 2019/20 season.

The OPL is subsidized by the Grand Duchy’s Ministry of Culture and supported financially by the City of Luxembourg. The orchestra’s official sponsor is Cargolux and it also receives sponsorship from the Banque de Luxembourg, BGL BNP Paribas, Post and Mercedes-Benz. Since 2010 the cello «Le Luxembourgeois», made by Matteo Goffriller (1659–1742), has been placed at the orchestra’s disposal, thanks to generous support from BGL BNP Paribas.

OPL’s official sponsor