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The award winning maestro is this weekend's guest conductor for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Schumann & Beethoven. Here is his conversation with host Michael Wolch. Missed it? Watch it here!

The Venezuelan-born, Spanish conductor José Luis Gomez was catapulted to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt in September 2010, securing a sensational and rare unanimous decision from the jury.

Gomez’s electrifying energy, talent and creativity earned him immediate acclaim from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra where he was appointed to the position of Assistant Conductor, a post created especially for him by Paavo Jarvi and the orchestra directly upon the conclusion of the competition.

Gomez started his musical career as a violinist, and by the age of 11 he was Concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of Zulia State – part of El Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela. He graduated in music and violin from the Manhattan School of Music in New York before embarking on a European orchestral career. Deciding to follow his dream to have more creative input and influence on musical direction he took conducting lessons from Lu Jia, Muhai Tang and John Nelson. After just six months of studying conducting he went on to win the Georg Solti competition.

Since then he has worked with the RTVE National Symphony Orchestra of Madrid, Houston Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Hamburg Symphony, Basel Sinfonietta, Orquesta Sinfonica do Porto, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Orchestra 1813 Teatro Sociale di Como with whom he also led performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, to name a few.


The 16/17 season saw Gomez named Music Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. The season also included appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Daegu Symphony Orchestra, and re-invitations to Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Macau Orchestra.

In 17/18, with the Tucson Symphony, Gomez will conduct concerts including Yo-Yo Ma, Arturo Sandoval and Gil Shaham; two programmes with the Tucson Desert Song Festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth and the world premiere of a work by Anthony Constantino, an alumnus of the TSO’s well-known Young Composers Project. New engagements this season will include the Louisiana Symphony and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. He will also return to the Edmonton and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras and the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.

This weekend the conductor will guide audiences through the work of two musical giants - - - Beethoven & Schumann along with pianist Katherine Chi.

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