Incoming Music Director
Gustavo Gimeno is Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) and incoming Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Gustavo Gimeno made his Canadian début with the TSO—to public and critical acclaim—in February 2018. 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 he became Music Director of the OPL in 2015, he has conducted that orchestra in a wide variety of concert formats, appearing with the orchestra in many of the most prestigious concert halls throughout Europe. In the current season, he builds on the successful tours of previous years with guest performances in Germany, Spain, France, Sweden, and, for the first time, South America. During past seasons, Gustavo Gimeno has shared the stage of the Philharmonie Luxembourg with soloists such as Daniel Barenboim, Krystian Zimerman, Yuja Wang, Anja Harteros, Bryn Terfel, and Frank Peter Zimmermann. Highlights of the current season include the world première of Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, as well as guest concerts in Buenos Aires and São Paulo.
Gustavo Gimeno is also a much sought-after guest conductor worldwide. In 2019/20, he will make his début with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and will return to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Münchner Philharmoniker, and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, which specializes in historically informed performance practice.
He will appear at the Liceu Opera Barcelona for the first time in January 2020 with Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. In 2019, he gave his début at Zurich Opera with Verdi’s Rigoletto, in a production directed by Tatjana Gürbaca. 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, where he will also appear in the current season, conducting Verdi’s Macbeth.
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.
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