IMG Artists is delighted to announce that José Luis Gomez has extended his Music Director contract with The Tucson Symphony Orchestra. This four-year extension to his original four-year contract with the orchestra means Gomez will continue in the position through 2024.
Maestro Gomez said: “In these first two seasons we have made such great music together, why would we want to stop? I see great potential in the TSO and I am happy to be a part of achieving it.”
Autumn Van Den Berg, TSO Board Chair said: “We are thrilled Maestro Gomez will remain with the TSO through 2024. In just two seasons he has demonstrated his talents in music and in helping the TSO achieve its goals in programing, community engagement, partnerships and education.”
Speaking on behalf of TSO musicians, violinist Carlie Rigg, Chair of the Orchestra Committee, said: “José is a wonderful musician and a great asset to the community. We look forward to many more successful concerts.”
José Luis Gomez was named the 17th Music Director in the history of the Tucson Symphony in 2015. During his tenure he has conducted sold-out performances of Yo-Yo Ma, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Pink Martini, led the orchestra in a performance for more than 100,000 people at the All Souls Day Finale Ceremony, commissioned four new works and conducted the TSO in an internationally aired radio broadcast observing the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth in partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Gomez will announce the Tucson Symphony’s 91st season next month.
The Venezuelan-born, Spanish 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.
This season’s highlights, in addition to his work with the TSO include return visits to the Edmonton Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio and a debut with Komische Oper Berlin with pianist Gabriela Montero.
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