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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,

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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, Orchestra of Castilla y Leon, Orquesta Sinfonica do Porto, Grand Rapids Symphony, Macao 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.

This season sees Gomez make his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the YPhil International Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as his Moscow State Conservatory debut. He also returns for much anticipated concerts with the Tucson and Colorado Symphony Orchestras and conducts the widely televised New Years Eve concert in Sofia with soprano Federica Lombardi.  

Recent symphonic highlights included debuts with Royal Liverpool and Rochester Philharmonic; Colorado, Vancouver, Edmonton, Pasadena, Tucson, New Zealand and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestras; and Sinfonia Varsovia; as well as invitations to Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira and Elgin Symphony Orchestra. José also conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in their New Year concert and several educational projects.

Opera highlights have included La Bohème at Frankfurt Opera and a new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Stuttgart Opera, of which he also conducted the revival in the following season, La Forza del Destino in Tokyo with the New National Theatre, Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni with Teatro Sociale di Como, with whom he also closed the 13/14 season with a spectacular production of Cavalleria rusticana

Maestro Gomez was the principal conductor of the Orchestra 1813 Teatro Sociale di Como between 2012 and 2015

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"The evening opened with the concert overture The Hebrides […]. Under the energetic baton of José Luis Gomez, the musicians offered the audience a moment full of poetry and naturalness, during which the romanticism permeated every corner of the hall. "

Iulia Popa, iConcert

"As the final notes faded into the hall, everyone on stage, from Gomez to the percussionists froze. The string players held their bows to the strings, the wind section rested their instruments on their lips. No one moved a muscle; it was completely still for what seemed like a minute... When Gomez and the orchestra lowered their heads, the applause machine roared into action and the audience bolted to its feet."

Cathalena E. Burch, Arizona Daily Star.

"Throughout the conductor and the orchestra were so intrinsically in sync that they seemed like a long married couple that finishes one another's sentences. By the end of the symphony, Gomez needed only shrug a shoulder or turn towards the musicians to get them to respond with glorious results. "

Cathalena E. Burch, Arizona Daily Star,

"The playing was superb, highlighted by a beautiful grading of dynamics and sure sense of drama and no little subtlety under the highly sympathetic conducting of Venezuelan born conductor Jose Luiz Gomez, a conductor of real quality."

John Button, Stuff.co.nz

"The conductor José Luís Gomez was the star of the evening"

Manfred Kraft, Badische Neueste Nachrichten

"Gomez is a musician’s musician, a conductor possessed with abundant talent and the ability to convey his vision with subtle fluidity. Small gestures led to giant musical statements in Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperments.” He drew down the third movement to a near whisper then silenced the orchestra with a flick of the wrist; everyone on stage froze and remained that way, bows raised to the strings, motionless, for several seconds before resuming the final thrilling movement... Gomez brought out in the orchestra a freshness and vibrancy that sometimes gets lost in the day-to-day of performing. His conducting was measured and taut, yet fluid and flexible, as if the orchestra and conductor were performing as an extension of one another. And for us in the audience, that was pretty thrilling."

Cathalena E. Burch, Arizona Daily Star

"... natural yet precise conducting ..."

Jeffrey R. Pierce, The Elgin review

"The dynamic maestro has been making major international waves ... He led the players throughout the dramatic one-movement work [Mendelssohn, Overture to The Fair Melusina] with graceful fluidity, imbuing it with poetic sensibility and an intuitive musicality."

Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press

"The music was so beautiful that one wished every movement could be extended or even repeated ... Gomez possesses the art of launching melodic lines that move in fluid waves. The themes were exposed and developed with precision. Nuances were executed with subtlety and expressiveness. With economic gestures, Gomez was in perfect control from beginning to end. "

Pierre Meunier, La Liberté

"…a high quality musical performance, under the leadership of Jose Luis Gomez … from the beautiful performance of the overture, conducted with a lightness of phrasing and a variety of colours, it was obvious that we were facing a baton of great talent … really top-notch conducting."

Gianguido Mussomeli, GB Opera

"A lot of spark: everything had the highest entertainment quality, particularly since the musical side shined so much. Under the baton of José Luis Gomez, it sounded not only wonderfully elegant from the pit, but also from the performers on-stage, where the singers offered a fine, ornamented bel canto tradition."

Uwe Grosser, Stimme.de

"Jose Luis Gomez made the performance vital and compelling."

Axel Zibulski, Algemeine Zeitung

"Gómez conducted in a clear, transparent style much to the service of the drama and of the singers, and without apparent historical or philological pretensions … It should not be forgotten that the Museumorchester is one of the finest opera orchestras in Germany and Gomez knows that he can allow himself to highlight its sound through his adjustments, rhythmic oscillations and some beautiful and illuminating pauses … In this style, as one would expect from a conductor of his age in the current day, Gomez offers us an interpretation that stems from his effortless listening and his unprejudiced study of an entire century’s worth of interpretive traditions of La Boheme, most likely assisted by his own experience as orchestral violinist ... What does seem relevant is that Gomez has demonstrated dramatic intuition and talent in service to the drama, as well as a great ability for vocal accompaniment, which was clearly appreciated by the singers and was rewarded by the audience’s applause. "

Xoán M. Carreira, Mundoclasica.com

"The young Spaniard Jose Luis Gomez, winner of the 2011 Sir George Solti Conducting Competition, led the Frankfurt Opera and Museum's Orchestra and set a standard of sensitive transparency, dynamic vitality and lovingly impressionistic moods underlined with the brilliantly predisposed and excellent playing of the orchestra."

Gerhard Hoffmann, Der Neue Merker

"Spanish Conductor José Luis Gomez and the orchestra made it sound youthful and spring-like."

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

"The conductor Jose Luis Gomez-Rios’s musically vibrant and very generous capacity won over the excellent young orchestra, by involving their intense participation, and at the same time gained favor with the public, thus confirming his great possession of rich and flexible competence and positive communication."

Mary Terraneo Fonticoli, La Provincia

"Guest conductor Jose Luis Gomez, a Venezuelan-born, Spanish conductor, in his debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony, led an exhilarating, engaging performance [...] Gomez boldly sallied forth, the captain of a ship at the helm, the crew following close behind. [...] Gomez wove a tapestry of sound, one color thread for triumph, another for tragedy. Principal hornist Richard Britsch played brilliantly in the second movement, the entire orchestra following suit, pretty melodies given their due."

Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, Mlive.com

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