Gustavo Gimeno

Last updated: février 9, 2023

Gustavo Gimeno’s tenure as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) began in 2020–21. He has also held the position of Music Director with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) since 2015, and will assume it in 2025–26 with Teatro Real, Madrid, where he is currently Music Director Designate.

In the 2022–23 season, continuing their 100th anniversary, Gimeno and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrate with major symphonic works including Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. They also share the stage with, among other soloists, Yo-Yo Ma, Yuja Wang, Yefim Bronfman, and Jean-Guihen Queyras. Further, the Orchestra will embark on its first tour with Gimeno in winter 2023, including a return visit to New York’s Carnegie Hall, their annual orchestra exchange with Ottawa’s NAC Orchestra, and the TSO’s debut at Chicago’s Symphony Center.

With Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Gimeno explores repertoire including Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 “Tragic”, Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. In 2022–23, he tours with the OPL to Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary, and together they tour South Korea for the first time.

This season, Gimeno and the TSO will record, for Harmonia Mundi, Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, with pianist Marc-André Hamelin and ondes Martenot player Nathalie Forget. This builds on Gimeno’s new relationship, since April 2022, with the HM label, which commenced with a recording of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, featuring OPL with Maria Agresta (soprano), Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano), René Barbera (tenor), Carlo Lepore (bass), and the Wiener Singverein. In August 2022, the OPL’s second album for HM was devoted to two ballets by Stravinsky (L’oiseau de feu and Apollon Musagète). Gimeno and OPL also have an extensive discography with Pentatone. Releases include a Francisco Coll monography featuring the Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 1, Ravel’s complete ballet music to Daphnis et Chloé, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and César Franck’s Symphony in D Minor.

As an opera conductor, he is invited for major titles at great houses such as the Liceu Opera Barcelona; Opernhaus Zürich; Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia; and Teatro Real, Madrid. He is also much sought-after as a symphonic guest conductor worldwide: debuts in 2022–23 include Staatskapelle Berlin and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Gimeno is also regularly reinvited to the Concertgebouworkest, and touring projects have included concerts as far afield as Japan and Taiwan.

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