Gustavo Gimeno
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Biography

From the 2015/16 season, Gustavo Gimeno has taken up the post as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

In his second season, he continues this partnership with a focus on the great orchestral literature including Mahler Symphony No. 4, Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloé”, Stravinsky’s “Sacre” and new commissions of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Francisco Coll. A recording partnership with Pentatone will also be further realised.

Aside from his Music Director commitments in Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno has collaborated with a select list of orchestras including Munich Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Zurich.  In 2015, Gimeno led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on tour to Asia.


 

In 2016/17 season, Gimeno will make his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia. He will also appear in Vienna twice that season, with the OPL at the Wiener Konzerthaus and with Vienna Symphony at the Musikverein.

Many of the works that have been at the centre of Gustavo Gimeno’s programme planning in Luxembourg are also the focus for future concerts:  Bruckner Symphony No. 1 on return to the Munich Philharmonic, Schumann Symphony No. 1 with the Royal Concertgebouw and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No. 1 with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015, Gustavo Gimeno gave his opera debut conducting Bellini's "Norma" at the Opera House in Valencia. In March 2017, he will conduct his first opera production, Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra", in Luxembourg.

Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012, when at that time he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as an assistant to Mariss Jansons. Significant experience was also harnessed in assisting Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, with whom he forged an intense and influential mentorship.

SEASON 2016/2017

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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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