Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director
The Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) has embodied the cultural vitality of the country at the heart of Europe since its founding in 1933 as part of the broadcasting activities of Radio Luxembourg (RTL). 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 about 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 (conductor laureate since 2021), David Shallon, Bramwell Tovey and Emmanuel Krivine, and is now shaped by Gustavo Gimeno, currently in his seventh year at the helm of the orchestra. The label Pentatone has released nine albums by the OPL since 2017, featuring its interpretations of works by Anton Bruckner, Francisco Coll, Claude Debussy, César Franck, Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel, Gioacchino Rossini, Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky. The orchestra’s musical partners during the 2021/22 season include Artist in residence Isabelle Faust as well as Diana Damrau, Emmanuel Pahud, Truls Mørk and Beatrice Rana. 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 Ettelbrück and Radio 100,7. After invitations to tour numerous countries, the orchestra will appear this season at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and Cologne’s Philharmonie, in Barcelona, Madrid and Zaragoza and at the Donaueschingen Festival. The OPL is subsidized by the Grand Duchy’s Ministry of Culture and supported financially by the City of Luxembourg. The orchestra is sponsored by the Banque de Luxembourg, BGL BNP Paribas, Mercedes and The Leir Charitable Foundation. Since 2010 the cello «Le Luxembourgeois», built by Matteo Goffriller (1659-1742), has been placed at the orchestra’s disposal, thanks to generous support from BGL BNP Paribas.