Incoming Music Director
Gustavo Gimeno is Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) and incoming Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO).
Gustavo Gimeno made his Canadian début with the TSO—to public and critical acclaim—in February 2018 with a virtuosic concert program featuring music by Beethoven, Ligeti, and Dvořák. Gimeno has signed a five-year contract with the TSO to begin in the 2020/21 season. He will be the TSO’s 11th Music Director starting in the Orchestra’s 99th season.
Since 2015, he has conducted the OPL in a wide variety of concert formats, appearing with the orchestra in many of the most prestigious concert halls throughout Europe. He builds on the successful tours of previous seasons with guest performances in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Turkey, and Greece.
Gustavo Gimeno and the OPL will continue their series of recordings on the classical label PENTATONE, which was launched in 2017. Since this collaboration began, the First Symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich and Anton Bruckner, Maurice Ravel’s complete ballet music to Daphnis et Chloé and, most recently, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony have been released.
During past seasons, Gustavo Gimeno has shared the stage with soloists such as Daniel Barenboim, Krystian Zimerman, Khatia Buniatishvili, and Bryn Terfel, as well as world-renowned Canadian artists including James Ehnes, Johannes Moser, and Jan Lisiecki. Guest artists during the 2018/19 season included Leonidas Kavakos, Yuja Wang, and Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Gustavo Gimeno is also a much sought-after guest conductor worldwide. In 2018/19, he returned to the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his début conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Gustavo Gimeno again appeared with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, which specializes in historically informed performance practice, conducting symphonies by Robert Schumann.
He appeared at the Zurich Opera for the first time in January 2019 with Verdi’s Rigoletto, in a production directed by Tatjana Gürbaca. He also conducted concert performances of this opera with the OPL in Luxembourg and Paris. Gustavo Gimeno made his opera début in 2015 with Bellini’s Norma at the Valencia Opera House. In 2017, he conducted Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the OPL at the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg.
Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012 as assistant to Mariss Jansons, while he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He also gained invaluable experience as assistant to Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, who strongly supported and influenced him in many respects as a mentor.
Gustavo Gimeno returned to Toronto on June 28, 29, and 30, 2019, to conduct The Firebird—a program anchored by the famous Stravinsky suite, also featuring works by Sibelius and Prokofiev.
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