Gustavo Gimeno
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Biography

Gustavo Gimeno has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) since 2015.

During the past season Gustavo Gimeno and the OPL extended their contract for three more years until 2022. Gustavo Gimeno conducts the OPL in various concert formats and plans to expand the orchestra’s touring activities as well as its discography. In the current season he will share the Philharmonie stage with such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Krystian Zimerman, Khatia Buniatishvili, Sir Bryn Terfel and Frank Peter Zimmermann. He will again present an opera production in Luxembourg, Mozart’s Don Giovanni.


Gustavo Gimeno is in great demand worldwide as a guest conductor. In 2017/18 he has been invited back to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestre National de France, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Philharmonia Zurich. He will also conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time. In addition, he will return to the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, which specialises in historically informed performance practice.

Highlights of the past season included debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Gustavo Gimeno made his opera debut in 2015 with Bellini’s Norma at the Valencia Opera House. During the past season he conducted Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with the OPL at the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg.

In 2017 the classical label PENTATONE, the OPL and Gustavo Gimeno announced a multiple-release collaboration. Recordings of the First Symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich and Anton Bruckner and, most recently, Maurice Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé have been released thus far.

Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012, when he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as assistant to Mariss Jansons. He also gained significant experience as assistant to Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, mentors who actively nurtured his talent and influenced him in many ways.

SEASON 2017/2018

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“a most promising podium talent on the rise. [...] Gimeno knew what he wanted from the music and he got it in a robust and exciting reading that was ever mindful of the rich lode of lyricism in this masterpiece.”

Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, 03.08.2016

“Gimeno showed a precise, clear beat with gestures responsive to the shaping of the musical phrases in mood and color and character, building very satisfying performances of two Russian works from the beginning of the 20th century [...]. I’d welcome Gustavo Gimeno back any time.”

The Boston Musical Intelligence, Steven Ledbetter, 20.07.2016

“Conductor Gimeno was fully inside the work, drawing from the players vibrant playing of precision and real excitement.”

Stuff.co.nz, John Button, 15.05.2016

“Gimeno’s view of the work, was both powerful and vivid, seeking clarity of texture, and revealing as much as possible of the characteristics mentioned above.”

Middle C, Lindis Taylor, 13.05.2016

“This was an interpretation of power and insight which illuminated the full luxuriant brilliance of Rimsky's orchestration as well as the élan of the performers. [...] Rapturously received by the audience, it was quite simply one of the most ravishing renditions of Scheherazade one could ever hope to hear, and one which may secure its place in the heart and memory for a while to come.”

Bachtrack, Pamela Nash, 18.10.2015

“Mr. Gimeno, with the grace and elegance of a ballet dancer, indicated each detail clearly, eliciting some of the evening's best orchestral effects.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robert Croan, 10.10.2015

“His beat is expressive yet clear and his left hand conveys meaning too. It seemed to me that all his gestures were relevant and not extravagant and he appeared to have a good rapport with the orchestra, which played very well for him.”

Seen and Heard International, John Quinn, 14.11.2014

“The celebrated Fantasy Overture began well, the slow introduction well shaped by Gimeno and finely played by the CBSO. There was fire and dash in the allegro sections while the love music that is at the heart of the piece was warmly phrased and flowed very well.”

Seen and Heard International, John Quinn, 14.11.2014

“Mit Wagners Siegfried-Idyll zu Beginn schafft Gimeno ein zartes Pianissimo der Streicher, das der Wagnerischen Eindeutigkeit einen feinsinnigen Charakter gibt […]. Mit Tschaikowskys „Romeo und Julia – Ouverture-Fantaisie“ gelingt ein facettenreiches Spiel, das […] in den abschließenden Ausschnitten aus Prokofjews „Romeo und Julia“ völlig lebendig, mitreißend und herrlich farbenreich wird.”

Rita Argauer

“Gustavo Gimeno leitet als Einspringer für den erkrankten Lorin Maazel die [Münchner Philharmoniker] – und ist eine echte Entdeckung. […] Tschaikowskys „Romeo und Julia“-Ouvertüre hat man im Gasteig selten so transparent musiziert erlebt. Auch die Auswahl aus Prokofjews „Romeo und Julia“-Ballett kündete eindrucksvoll von den Qualitäten Gimenos.”

Abendzeitung München, Robert Braunmüller, 15.05.2014

“Gimeno kultiviert mit dem diesmal brillanten Orchestre Philharmonique einen hellen, transparenten von dumpfem Pathos völlig freien Orchesterklang und entdeckt zudem Farben in dieser Partitur neu […] Wunderbar! Dieser Dirigent ist eine Entdeckung!”

Trierischer Volksfreund, 10.05.2014

“There stands a real conductor, conducting beautifully and gracefully, Chailly with his right hand and Abbado with his left hand, keeping calm, cool and collected and giving every delicate entrance with distinct clarity...Yesterday, a true conductor was born in the Concertgebouw”

Het Parool, Erik Voermans, 07.02.2014

“Gimeno appears to be a natural talent. The complex 'Jeu de Cartes' by Stravinsky was perfect: rigorous and lyrical...Gustavo Gimeno has it all.”

NRC, Kasper Jansen, 07.02.2014

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