Juanjo Mena

Juanjo Mena

Chief Conductor, BBC Philharmonic
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  • Manager: R. Douglas Sheldon
    Additional Management: Stefana Atlas
    Management Territory: United States, Canada, Japan, Mainland Asia, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, all other post-Soviet states.

Mena loves to put a singing quality into phrases, to find little bends and breaths within a tempo, to make as big an effort for delicious pianissimos as for thunderous explosions. —Baltimore Sun

Mena’s warm-blooded sound, maneuvers, and sharp orchestra discipline lifted Schubert’s symphonic testament up to a level you expect to hear in the greatest European concert halls. —Haugesund's Avis (Norway)

The heart of the slow movement was perhaps the most revelatory instance, where cellos and basses march implacably onwards, regardless of the rest of the orchestra’s engagement with the agonies of temporal existence. Mena held the two worlds in perfect balance; it was as though everything beforehand had led to this moment, and everything afterwards would devolve from it. Similarly he drove the first movement fearlessly towards its climactic fierce exultation, while the finale was so eruptive from the word go that what sometimes comes across as mere quirkiness was utterly gripping. Rarely have I heard a Bruckner Sixth that displayed such masterful long-term vision, and never, I think, one that made the work seem so important —UK Telegraph

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Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, United Kingdom, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain’s most distinguished international conductors.

Following his recent debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and appearances with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, highlights of Maestro Mena’s 2016-17 season include his debuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, as well as return visits to Boston, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Copenhagen, Dresden and Oslo, and . . .

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