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Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director

Gustavo Gimeno is the Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) and the designated Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). In February 2018 he made his Canadian debut with the TSO, leading a programme which combined Beethoven, Ligeti and Dvořák. He signed a five-year concert with the TSO, becoming the eleventh Chief Conductor in the history of the orchestra starting in the 2020/21 season, which is the orchestra’s 99th. Gimeno first returns to Toronto in June 2019 to conduct «The Firebird», a programme in which Stravinsky’s suite is juxtaposed with works by Sibelius and Prokofiev. Having assumed the leadership of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg in 2015, Gustavo Gimeno leads the OPL in multiple concert formats in Luxembourg and performs with the orchestra in many of the leading concert halls of Europe. In 2017 the OPL and Gustavo Gimeno extended their contract through the 2021/22 season.

With guest concerts in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece and Turkey he continues the successful touring activities of past seasons. Together with the classical music label Pentatone, he continues the series of recordings with the OPL begun in 2017. Since the beginning of this partnership, the first symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich and Anton Bruckner, Maurice Ravel’s complete ballet music for Daphnis et Chloé as well as Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony have been recorded. During past seasons, Gustavo Gimeno shared the podium at the Luxembourg Philharmonie with soloists such as Daniel Barenboim, Krystian Zimerman, Khatia Buniatishvili, Bryn Terfel and Frank Peter Zimmermann. During the 2018/19 season, soloists include Leonidas Kavakos, Yuja Wang as well as Katia and Marielle Labèque.

In addition, Gustavo Gimeno is a sought-after guest conductor throughout the world. In 2018/19 he has invitations to return to the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He also makes his debuts conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Houston, St. Louis and Seattle, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Furthermore, Gustavo Gimeno returns to the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, which specializes in historically informed performance practice, to conduct symphonies by Schumann. He makes his debut at the Zurich Opera in January 2019, conducting a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto directed by Tatjana Gürbaca. He will also conduct this opera in concert performances with the OPL in Luxembourg and Paris. Gustavo Gimeno made his debut as an opera conductor in 2015, leading Bellini’s Norma at the Valencia Opera. In 2017 he conducted both Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the OPL at the Grand Théâtre.

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