Conductor Manuel López-Gómez is taking the musical world by storm as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Venezuela’s internationally renowned music program, “El Sistema”. Maestro José Antonio Abreu, Founder of El Sistema, wrote: “thanks to his exceptional human spirit, high sense of professional responsibility, and authentic artistic vision, Manuel is one of the principal and most brilliant leaders of the musical process in Venezuela.”
In the past seasons, Manuel has made a highly successful debut with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Centre, in a program of North and South American music.
Following hugely successful debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Gothenburg Symphony, Manuel is increasingly recognized as a guest conductor of visionary and inspiring capabilities.
Manuel López-Gómez began his musical life in violin, piano, chamber music and composition. He performed in the violin section of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra for many years, where his talent for conducting was noticed early on and nurtured by his mentor Maestro Abreu. Following early projects assisting Gustavo Dudamel both with symphony orchestra and opera projects (La boheme, La traviata and Don Giovanni), Manuel has distinguished himself as a conductor in his own right.
Active also in opera, Manuel conducted the world-debut of the recently orchestrated opera Atahualpa by Carlo Enrico Pasta in Lima, Perú, where he shortly returned to conduct a production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. In the summer of 2015, he conducted a production of Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy
In October 2014, Manuel assembled and conducted an orchestra of various El Sistema musicians for a televised performance at the UN General Assembly in New York City, with Lang Lang as soloist.
Highlights from the 14/15 and 15/16 seasons included his return to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic and most recently the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Württembergische Philharmonie in Germany. He conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony and Pacific Symphony in the 15/16 season. Other projects included a debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and a return to the Gothenburg Symphony orchestra together with Sistema musicians.
The 16/17 season begins with his leading a production of the Marriage of Figaro in Kristiansand, Norway.