Gustavo Gimeno is the music director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, a title he has held since 2015, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where his tenure began in 2020-21. He is also music director designate of Teatro Real, where he will assume his post in 2025-26.
To mark the orchestra’s centennial, Gimeno and Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrated with major symphonic works, including Bruckner’s Symphony No.4, Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra embarked on its first tour with Gimeno in spring 2022. This North American tour included a return visit to Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual orchestra exchange with National Arts Centre Orchestra and marked the orchestra’s debut at Chicago’s Symphony Center.
With Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg Gimeno explores repertoire including Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, Mahler’s Symphony No.6 ‘Tragic’, Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5. International touring has formed a significant part of Gimeno’s commitment with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg during the last six years. In 2022-23, he tours with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg to Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and their first-ever concerts to Korea. Throughout his tenure, Gimeno and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg have visited many of Europe’s and South America’s most prestigious concert halls. A highlight has been performances of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with Krystian Zimerman.
In April 2022, Gimeno began a new recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi. The first joint project is a recording of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, featuring Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with Maria Agresta (soprano), Daniella Barcellona (mezzo-soprano), Rene Barbera (tenor) and Carlo Lepore (bass) and the Wiener Singverein. In August 2022 the second album for HM recorded with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg was released' it features two ballets by Stravinsky (Firebird and Apollon musagète). This season, Gimeno and Toronto Symphony Orchestra will record Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, with pianist Marc-André Hamelin and ondes martenot player Nathalie Forget.
Gimeno and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg have an extensive discography with Pentatone. Releases include a Francisco Coll monography featuring the Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1 and 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 has appeared at great houses such as the Liceu Opera Barcelona, Opernhaus Zürich, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia and Teatro Real Madrid. In 2022-23, Gimeno returns to Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia to conduct the Katie Mitchell production of Jenůfa.
He is much sought-after as a symphonic guest conductor worldwide: debuts in 2022-23 include Staatskapelle Berlin and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. At home and abroad, touring projects have included concerts as far afield as Japan and Taiwan.