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That evening all of a sudden I learned to like Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony. Thanks to its unique interpretation of Gustavo Gimeno, who without doubt follows in the path of Yevgenij Mravinskij

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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 debut with the TSO – to public and critical acclaim – in February 2018 with a virtuosic concert programme featuring music by Beethoven, Ligeti, and Dvořák. Gimeno has signed a five-year contract with the TSO to begin in the 2020/2021 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 the 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 in 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-premiere of Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, as well as guest concerts in Buenos Aires und São Paulo with Janine Jansen as soloist.

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’, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’, the ballet music to ‘Jeu de cartes’, ‘Agon’ and the re-discovered ‘Chant funèbre’ and, most recently Gioachino Rossini’s ‘Petit Messe solennelle’ have been released.

Gustavo Gimeno is also a much sought-after guest conductor worldwide. In 2019/2020, he will make his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and will return to the Concertgebouworkest, 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.

In February 2020, he extended his contract with the OPL until the 2024/25 season.

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 debut at Zurich Opera with Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’, in a production directed by Tatjana Gürbaca. Gustavo Gimeno made his opera debut 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 Verdis ‘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 Concertgebouworkest 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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