Juanjo Mena

Juanjo Mena

Chief Conductor, BBC Philharmonic
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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, BBC Philharmonic

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

Following a season conducting the symphonies of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, Maestro Mena returns to North America for a 2013-14 season that includes the Houston Symphony Gala Season Opening Concert with Renee Fleming and concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony and violinist Augustin Hadelich, St. Louis Symphony and pianist Benedetto Lupo and the Toronto Symphony with violinist Julian Rachlin . . .

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