Toronto Symphony’s Gustavo Gimeno on programming with musical balance

Posted on: October 23, 2019

“The music director designate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is used to moving between cultures,” writes Catherine Kustanczy in Saturday’s (10/19) Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada). “Born in Valencia, based in Amsterdam and as the music director of the Orchestre Symphonique du Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno [led] the TSO’s [October 12] program … with the well-known Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 set against Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest Fantasy-Overture, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, and a contemporary work, Aleph: Danse symphonique, by French composer Guillaume Connesson. Q: How do you integrate your love of lesser-known works with your new job? Gimeno: We have a duty in programming to let people hear important works … popular pieces, but [also] many other works which are important, by composers like Ligeti, Messiaen, Lutoslawski—they have a place in history. Q: How do you balance the desire to present new works with the demands of the box office? Gimeno: There’s the pressure of having to sell tickets obviously, but … sometimes when I’ve had friends at my concerts … those friends said later, ‘I loved the new work the most!’ … Balance is key.’ ”

Posted October 23, 2019