A sensational debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in February 2014 left no doubt that in Amsterdam’s historic Concertgebouw hall, a major conducting talent had been launched. In no time, the charismatic Spaniard has been approached by leading orchestras world wide.
Guest conducting invitations in the 2013/14 see him conducting the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Het Residentie Orkest, Orchestre G Verdi Milan, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Orquesta de Valencia and Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE. He has also made his debut in Japan with the Sendai Philharmonic.
Gustavo Gimeno’s international conducting career began in 2012 as assistant to Mariss Jansons with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He spent several insightful years assisting the late Claudio Abbado with the Orchestra Mozart, Bologna, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2013, he also assisted Bernard Haitink with the Orchestra Mozart. Working closely with such mentors has had a profound impact on the formative years of his conducting career.
Gustavo Gimeno has worked closely with many composers including Theo Loevendie, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, and George Benjamin. In February 2014, on the occasion of his Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra debut Gimeno conducted the European debut of Magnus Lindberg’s second Piano Concerto with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman, (its’ dedicatee), and with the Swedish Symphony Orchestra he will conduct works of Britta Byström.
Gustavo Gimeno was born in Valencia, Spain, and lives with his family in Amsterdam. Between 2001 and 2013 he was Principal Percussionist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.