Gustavo Gimeno leads one of Tchaikovsky’s best loved works, the impassioned and immense Fifth Symphony.
Ever the rebel, Prokofiev packed his Second Piano Concerto with blistering piano fireworks that shocked early-20th-century audiences.
To today’s listeners, its virtuoso display is electrifying, and in the hands of incandescent Canadian star Jan Lisiecki, it will be nothing short of spectacular.
Cris Derksen’s music draws upon both her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry, and Derksen’s Celebration Prelude—the first of five season-wide preludes composed in honour of the TSO’s 100th anniversary—receives its World Première.
A blockbuster concert begins with the TSO and the talented musicians of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra side-by-side for colourful music of Shostakovich.
Gustavo Gimeno's appearances are generously supported by Susan Brenninkmeyer in memory of Hans Brenninkmeyer.
Jan Lisiecki's appearance is generously supported by Blake and Belinda Goldring.
The April 22 performance is generously supported by Marianne Oundjian.
The April 23 performance is generously supported by Roberta and Richard Innes
The April 24 performance is generously supported by the Estate of Douglas E. Gardiner.
The TSO's Celebration Preludes are generously supported by Peter and Margie Kelk.
Choose a performance from the dates below
Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes
Piano Concerto No. 2
Parkdale: Celebration Prelude
Symphony No. 5
Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno begins his first full season as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with the return to in-person performances in November, 2021.
Maestro Gimeno has programmed a 2021/22 season that reflects his expansive artistic vision, intellectual curiosity, and sense of adventure, and will conduct eleven subscription programs.
“This is a city where every neighborhood feels like a unique slice of the world, which means there are endless moments of inspiration from these cultures that need to be a part of how we present our music,” said Gimeno. “I can’t wait to get started.” —The New York Times, September 2018
His first year as Music Director was in 2020/21, during the pandemic. With his artistic dexterity and steadfast commitment to sharing extraordinary musical experiences, Gustavo programmed concerts to adapt to the environment, including virtual performances and small concerts in community settings.
He is known for his passion for exploring how well-known classical works contrast and illuminate repertoire across many musical genres and styles of diverse composers. He made his Canadian début with the TSO in February 2018, and returned in June 2019 to conduct the suite from Stravinsky's celebrated ballet The Firebird. In October 2019, he conducted Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé to critical acclaim, with the Toronto Star stating “Gimeno revealed himself to be a focused, meticulous leader whose main goal was to let the composer’s ideas speak clearly…. The Toronto Symphony will be in sure artistic hands for the foreseeable future.”