Roberto González-Monjas Begins Tenure as Music Director of Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia

3 Oct 2023

Roberto González-Monjas begins his initial three-year tenure as Music Director of Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Galicia Symphony Orchestra) conducting the orchestra and violinist Clara-Jumi Kang on 6 and 7 October. The programme features Anders Hillborg’s Eleven Gates, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”. He will return to lead the Orchestra in December, January and June.

Andrés Lacasa Nikiforov, General Manager of the Orqesta Sinfónica de Galicia said: “Under the artistic leadership of Roberto Gonzalez-Monjas who begins his first three year tenure, season 23-24 marks the beginning of a new epoch in our orchestra’s history. With repertoire spanning from the great classics to premiers in Spain, this season will also bring to Galicia an array of great soloists, singers and guest conductors.”

Roberto said: “Our first season together is as eclectic as it gets – from Dvorak and Mahler to Honegger and Lutoslawski, I couldn’t imagine a better way to break the ice and get to know the orchestra’s well-established versatility and flexibility. I am especially grateful to Clara-Jumi Kang, Alexandre Kantorow, André Schuèn and Pablo Ferrández for joining me in these first, crucial first programmes!”

Highly sought-after as a conductor and violinist, Roberto González-Monjas is rapidly making a mark on the international scene. A natural musical leader with strong vision and clarity, he possesses a unique mixture of remarkable personal charisma, an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and fierce intelligence. He is Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland (since August 2021), Music Director of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra in Spain (since August 2023), and designate Chief Conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, (beginning September 2024). In addition, Roberto is Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra (since September 2022) and Artistic Director of Iberacademy in Colombia. The Dalasinfoniettan in Sweden named him Honorary Conductor following a four-year tenure as their Chief Conductor.

Highlights of the 23/24 season include Puccini’s La Bohème at the Opéra de Bordeaux, Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Respighi’s Roman Trilogy at the Barbican Hall, the world première of Diana Syrse’s “Quetzalcoátl”, a South Korean tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, appearances at the Mozartwoche and the Salzburg Festival with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, as well as debuts with the Orchestre National Capitole Toulouse, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Roberto González-Monjas’s Inaugural Season as Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Galicia Symphony Orchestra)

6 & 7 October 2023
Hillborg: Eleven Gates
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor Op 47
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”
with Clara- Jumi Kang, violin.
Click for information: 6 October
Click for information: 7 October

1 & 2 December 2023
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
with Alexanre Kantorow, piano
Click for information: 1 December
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18 & 19 January 2024
Tarrodi: Ascent – Concerto for Orchestra
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
Honegger: Third Symphony “Symphonie Liturgique”, H. 186
with Andrè Schuen, baritone
Click for information: 18 January
Click for information: 19 January

7 & 8 June 2024
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra
with Pablo Ferrández, cello
Click for information: 7 June
Click for information: 8 June

Photo: Marco Borggreve