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Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director

Gustavo Gimeno is Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and, starting with the  2020/21 season, Chief Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In February 2020 Gimeno and the OPL jointly announced the extension of his contract through 2025. Since the beginning of his tenure in 2015, Gustavo Gimeno has led the orchestra in multiple concert formats in Luxembourg and performed with the orchestra at numerous leading concert halls in Europe and, in 2019, South America. With guest concerts in France, Germany and Hungary, Gustavo Gimeno and the OPL continue their successful touring activities of past seasons.
Highlights of the 2020/21 season include the cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos with Krystian Zimerman as well as the collaboration with artists such as Anja Harteros, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Leonidas Kavakos and Seong-Jin Cho in Luxembourg and on tour. Together with the classical music label Pentatone, he continues the series of recordings with the OPL begun in 2017. Releases so far include the First Symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich and Anton Bruckner, Maurice Ravel’s complete ballet music for Daphnis et Chloé, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps and his rediscovered work Chant funèbre, his ballet music for Jeu de cartes and Agon, Gioacchino Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle and, most recently, César Franck’s Symphonie and Variations symphoniques.

In addition, Gimeno is a sought-after guest conductor throughout the world. In 2020/21 he has invitations to the Concertgebouworkest, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Gustavo Gimeno made his opera debut in 2015, leading Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma in Valencia. In January 2020 he first appeared 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 in 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 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