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Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director

Gustavo Gimeno is Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and chief conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Since the beginning of his tenure in 2015, Gustavo Gimeno has led the OPL in multiple concert formats in Luxembourg and performed with the orchestra at numerous leading concert halls in Europe and South America. With guest concerts in Germany, Spain and France, the OPL and Gustavo Gimeno continue their successful touring activities of past years during the 2021/22 season.

Highlights of 2021/22 include the opening concert with Diana Damrau and songs by Richard Strauss, performances of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony N° 3 with Gerhild Romberger and the Wiener Singverein as well as Giacomo Puccini’s Messa a quattro voci at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

The classical music label Pentatone has published a series of recordings of Gustavo Gimeno with the OPL since 2017. Releases include works of Anton Bruckner, César Franck, Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel, Gioacchino Rossini, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky, and, most recently, works by Francisco Coll, including his Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, a work given its world premiere by Gimeno, her and the OPL.

In addition, Gimeno is a sought-after guest conductor throughout the world. In 2021/22 he makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and returns for concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich as part of the Grafenegg Festival as well as the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana. He has a special working relationship with the Concertgebouworkest, which he leads regularly in Amsterdam and on tour.

Gustavo Gimeno made his opera debut in 2015, conducting Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma in Valencia. In February 2022 he makes his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid, where he conducts Sergei Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel. In 2020 he celebrated a great success at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, conducting Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. At the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg, he has conducted the OPL in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Macbeth as well as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In January 2019 he was invited to the Zurich Opera for the first time, leading Verdi’s Rigoletto.

A native of Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012 – when he was a member of the Concertgebouworkest – 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