Gustavo Gimeno, who has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) since 2015, has extended his contract through and including the 2021–22 …
Gustavo Gimeno extends his contract with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Gustavo Gimeno, who has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) since 2015, has extended his contract through and including the 2021–22 season. Just one and a half years after he took up the post, the Spanish conductor and the Orchestra have agreed to continue their successful collaboration beyond the initial four year term.
Luxembourg’s Prime Minister and Minister of Culture, Xavier Bettel, has welcomed the decision and hailed the artistic quality of Gustavo Gimeno’s work with the orchestra: “Right from the start, the young Music Director won over the Luxembourg public. With his captivating personality and bold musical choices, he has succeeded, together with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, in increasing awareness of Luxembourg’s musical and cultural excellence both in the Grand Duchy itself and abroad.”
The Chairman of the Philharmonie, Pierre Ahlborn, also sees Gustavo Gimeno’s extended stay in Luxembourg as a major development for the institution: “Gustavo Gimeno is a great asset for the OPL and the Philharmonie. His outstanding abilities, his varied repertoire, and his talent for communication make him the ideal partner for the further development and opening up of the institution. The contract extension means that these prospects have been further improved and allows us to face the future with confidence.”
The Director General of the Philharmonie Luxembourg and of the OPL, Stephan Gehmacher, is delighted to see the collaboration continued: “The consistent development of the Orchestra’s artistic quality and the Philharmonie’s wide-ranging programming for a varied public are two key challenges for our institution. I am delighted to have the opportunity to move closer to those goals every day together with Gustavo.”
Gustavo Gimeno himself stresses the collaboration’s potential: “Since I started as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with both the wonderful musicians of the OPL and the entire team at the Philharmonie, as we share our music with the audience. I relish the thought of continuing our collaboration in the seasons to come, and to developing our relationship more deeply both artistically and personally. And above all, I hope that our ‘music-making’ will create many beautiful moments which will make our lives more meaningful.”
After working as an assistant to Claudio Abbado and Mariss Jansons, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in February 2014, when he stood in for Mariss Jansons at the head of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Since then, he has made guest appearances with the world’s leading orchestras and has conducted the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Concertgebouw Orchestra on a number of occasions. Last year, he made his debut with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; in January, he made his debut with the Wiener Symphoniker at the Musikverein.