Manager: Elisa Patria
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.”
Following hugely successful debuts at Washington DC’s National Symphony Orchestra, 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.
Highlights from recent seasons include several performances of La Boheme at the Paris Opera in alternation with Gustavo Dudamel, a concert of the music of Silvestre Revueltas with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, a debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a program of Dvorak and Piazzolla, and a return engagement to Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra to conduct Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.
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, and in September 2016, he led a production of the Marriage of Figaro in with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway.
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.
In the 19-20 season, Manuel Lopez-Gomez will conduct a production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, ina run of 10 performances.
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