Roberto González-Monjas embarks on his first major UK tour as Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra. The 8-date UK tour kicks off on 3 November at London’s Cadogan Hall with Respighi’s Preludio, Corale e Fuga and features soloists Paul Lewis, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, and Pierre Liemans, performing Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3, “Organ”. This programme will also be performed at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall (6 November), Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall (7 November), Birmingham’s Symphony Hall (8 November), Cardiff’s St David’s Hall (9 November) and Bradford’s St George’s Hall (10 November). On 4 November, at Cheltenham’s Town Hall and 5 November at The Sage Gateshead, the programme will include Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Franck’s Symphony in D minor.

The Belgian National Orchestra has acquired a special place in the cultural world. In the choice of its programmes, the emphasis is placed on prestigious and innovative works, but also on the discovery of lesser-known scores. In doing so, the Belgian National Orchestra maintains a fascinating dialogue with a varied audience.

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. Most recently Roberto was appointed designate Music Director of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra in Spain, starting in September 2023. This appointment recognises Roberto’s long-standing relationship with Spain’s foremost orchestra and strengthens their collaboration, as well as his strong commitment for their educational programmes. Roberto is also Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Dalasinfoniettan in Sweden, Chief Conductor of Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland and Artistic Director of Iberacademy in Colombia.

This tour is produced by IMG Artists UK Touring.

Photo credit: Marco Borggreve