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.
Since then he has worked with the RTVE National Symphony Orchestra of Madrid, the Houston and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Hamburg Symphony, Basel Sinfonietta and Orquesta Sinfonica do Porto. From 2012 to 2015, he was principal conductor of the Orchestra 1813 Teatro Sociale di Como where he 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 Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Winnipeg Symphony, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Daegu Symphony Orchestra, and return engagements with the Edmonton Symphony 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 CMI Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio).