Just appointed Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Juanjo Mena is one of the most distinguished conductors of his generation. Also Principal Guest Conductor of the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic and Chief Guest Conductor at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, he has appeared with most of the principal symphony and chamber orchestras of his native Spain.
Following Mr. Mena’s North American debut with the Baltimore Symphony in 2004, he has been re-engaged every year since then by the orchestra. Other recent and upcoming debuts include the Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Oregon Symphony and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Worldwide, Juanjo Mena has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic, Bucharest Philharmonic, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, Orquesta Sinfônica de São Paulo, Oslo Philharmonic, RAI/Torino, RSO/Berlin, RTVE/Madrid and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, among others. Future engagements include the Danish Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Prague Symphony, and the Real Filharmonía de Galicia. Festival appearances include Grant Park (Chicago), La Folle Journée (Nantes), White Nights Festival (St. Petersburg), and numerous festivals with the Bilbao Symphony.
Also active in opera, Mr. Mena has lead productions of Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin, Le Nozze di Figaro, Der Fliegende Holländer, Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung. He will conduct Tristan und Isolde in Bilbao in the autumn of 2011.
With the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Mena has recorded a complete collection of Basque symphonic music (Naxos). A CD of works by Gabriel Pierné with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra will be released on Chandos in 2011.