TSO PICKS SPANISH MAESTRO GUSTAVO GIMENO AS NEXT MUSIC DIRECTOR

It has taken the Toronto Symphony Orchestra less than three months after Peter Oundjian stepped down as music director to announce a replacement.

Spanish maestro Gustavo Gimeno, centre, seen conducting the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in February, will take over as TSO music director for the 2020-21 season. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TSO)

It has taken the Toronto Symphony Orchestra less than three months after Peter Oundjian stepped down as music director to announce a replacement.

Starting with the 2020-21 season — the orchestra’s 99th — the new music director will be Gustavo Gimeno, a 42-year-old native of Valencia, Spain, who has been serving as music director of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015.

His TSO contract will be for five years. Sir Andrew Davis, who was music director from 1975 to 1988, is acting as interim artistic director.

Gimeno has been working professionally as a conductor for only six years, but his trajectory upward has been swift.

In a way, he began at the top after being called in at the last minute to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam in 2014. Just a few years earlier, he had been a member of the prestigious orchestra’s percussion section.

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