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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 Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Gimeno has signed a five-year contract with the TSO to begin in the 2020/2021 season. He is 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, Yuja Wang, Anja Harteros, Bryn Terfel and Frank Peter Zimmermann. In 2020 he conducted the world premiere of Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto which has been written for Patricia Kopatchinskaya, a co-commission by the OPL, the NTR ZaterdagMatinee, London Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and Bamberger Symphoniker.

A highlight of the current season is the performance of all Beethoven Piano Concertos with Krystian Zimerman, a cycle which Gimeno and Zimerman will also perform with the Concertgebouworkest.

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’, Gioachino Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe solennelle’ and, most recently César Franck’s Symphony in D minor have been released.

Gustavo Gimeno is also a much sought-after guest conductor worldwide. In 2020/2021, he will make his debut with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and will return to the Concertgebouworkest.

He has appeared at the Liceu Opera Barcelona for the first time in January 2020 with Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Aida’. In 2019 he gave his debut at Opernhaus Zürich 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 de la Ville de 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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