THE SCOOP | Maestro Gustavo Gimemo Renews Contract With TSO To 2030

Gustavo Gimeno (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

Maestro Gustavo Gimeno, who began his tenure at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under difficult circumstances during the pandemic, has renewed his contract to the 2029-30 season.

According to a report in The Globe and Mail, Gimeno is looking forward to continuing his relationship with the TSO and Toronto audiences.

“It is my extreme pleasure to continue to lead this tremendous orchestra,” Gimeno said in a statement quoted by The Globe and Mail. “The special bond that the musicians and I share, and the incredible audiences here in Toronto, have truly made me fall in love with this great city. I am honoured to be able to guide this remarkable ensemble into the future.”

Gustavo Gimeno

Gimeno first led the TSO as a guest conductor in 2018. He was quickly put on the short list after the retirement of Peter Oundjian.

Gimeno kept the TSO as active as possible during the pandemic, with virtual performances and smaller-scale concerts. Since the return of live concerts in November 2021, he took part in the TSO’s 100th anniversary celebrations, and recently hosted a gala with Yo-Yo Ma.

The TSO isn’t the only gig for Valencia-born Gimeno.

  • He’s the music director designate at the Teatro Real opera house in Madrid, and will take on the role officially in 2025;
  • He’s also the music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

Along with the regular season in Toronto, Gimeno will be taking the TSO on the road to Chicago and New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall, along with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, later this season.

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