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19. January 2016   |   Comments Closed

Have you met Gustavo?

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Last September the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg welcomed their eighth music director, Gustavo Gimeno. It’s one thing to perform with a guest conductor once or twice. It’s a whole other world to build a long-term relationship with someone you actually know little about – and this holds for the musicians and the audience alike. To try and predict whether this would work, we set out to answer one simple question: who is Gustavo Gimeno?

Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012. Whilst still a solo percussionist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (RCO) he worked regularly as an assistant to Mariss Jansons. He has worked closely with Bernard Haitink and was strongly mentored for many years by the late Claudio Abbado. He conducted the OPL for the first time in May 2014 at a time when the orchestra’s management was looking for Emmanuel Krivine’s successor. This mix of good timing and chemistry paved the way to a 5-year contract as the OPL’s music director that started in September 2015.

This is a nice, straightforward story but where is the passion, where is the love? If you want to get to know Gustavo Gimeno the man who scribbles on tons of Post-its, if you want to know what his former colleagues at the RCO think of him, if you want to hear Mariss Jansons’s impressions of Gimeno’s debut, then head over to our YouTube channel and watch our video portrait. You’ll find the beginning of an answer to the question we’ve had in mind for weeks: who is Gustavo Gimeno?

 

— Julie



 

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