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Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director

When Gustavo Gimeno took up his position as music director in 2015, he expressed a hope that the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra would establish itself as a formation «where open-mindedness and flexibility reign, and which has the ability to adapt to different repertoires, epochs and stylistic approaches». Eight seasons later, one can confidently state that these goals have been achieved. The Spanish maestro, who was mentored by Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado and first came to attention on concert stages in the Netherlands before being appointed to his post in Luxembourg, has found his place at the interface between great classical works and rarities of the repertoire. The incredible diversity of works he has performed over the years at the Philharmonie and on tour abroad stands testament to this fact, alongside his voluminous discography on the labels Pentatone and harmonia mundi, ranging from Gioacchino Rossini to César Franck and Francisco Coll. Gustavo Gimeno is preparing to take over the music directorship at the Teatro Real in Madrid, starting with the 2025/26 season. Here and there, his work is inspired by the strong wish of giving something to others. Among the highlights he offers Luxembourgish audiences during the 2023/24 season are Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, the world premiere of a cello concerto by Detlev Glanert and a romantic accent in the form of Sergey Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto N° 2. Gustavo Gimeno remains music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and makes guest conducting appearances around the globe. This season, he will work with the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.

photo: Alfonso Salgueiro photo: Alfonso Salgueiro