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Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director

Music Director of the OPL since 2015 Gustavo Gimeno leads the orchestra in multiple concert formats in Luxembourg and performs with the orchestra at main leading concert halls throughout Europe. With guest concerts in Germany, France, Sweden and a first visit to South America, he continues the successful touring activities of past seasons. Highlights of the season include Mahler’s Third Symphony and the world premiere of Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Together with the classical music label Pentatone, he continues the series of recordings with the OPL begun in 2017.

In addition, Gimeno is a soughtafter guest conductor throughout the world. In 2019/20 he has invitations to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai Torino, the Munich Philharmonic as well as the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Gimeno made his opera debut in 2015, leading Bellini’s Norma in Valencia. At the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg, he has conducted both Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the OPL and will also lead Verdi’s Macbeth during the current season. In addition, he will make his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona in January 2020, conducting Aida. In February 2018 he made his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and was named the designated chief conductor of the orchestra in September of that same year. As the eleventh Chief Conductor of the TSO, he begins his five-year tenure in the 2020/21 season. A native of Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012 – while he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – as an assistant to Mariss Jansons. He gathered essential experience as an assistant to Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, who mentored him intensely and had a lasting influence on his career in numerous ways.

 
photo: Marco Borggreve photo: Marco Borggreve