“It is not difficult to guess that the Spanish conductor Antonio Méndez will have a remarkable career…”
Principal Conductor: Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
Spanish conductor Antonio Méndez is fast becoming one of the most exciting, established and sought-after conductors having created strong links with the most important orchestras in Europe.
Over the last few years, Antonio has had great success conducting orchestras such as Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra,hr-Sinfonieorchester, and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
Antonio begins his second season as Principal Conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in 2019/20. Other season highlights include appearances with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Filharmonia Poznańska, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Also working in opera, this season Antonio will conduct Lucia di Lammermoor at the Palma de Mallorca Opera House and L’Elisir d’Amore at the Tenerife Opera House.
“Méndez’s interpretation was round, but at the same time well organised, with an extremely generous Orquestra Nacional in the tutti and orchestral climaxes.”
“Right from the beginning he underlined the vehement tutti sounds and the swirling string passages, but on the other side shaped softly and sensitively the vocal parts.”
“Méndez, a most animated conductor, drew a reading that blended supercharged thrills in the more bombastic, quasi-military episodes with their tumultuous brass fanfares with brooding introspection in the darker overtones of the opening movement and exquisite, romantic lyricism in the lovely Adagio third movement.”
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“Antonio Méndez conducted Ravel’s two Suites, carefully crafting the colour nuances, balancing instruments in order to create this volatile atmosphere, but without giving into the temptation of focusing only on sound and neglecting the rhythm that is specific to this piece, originally conceived as a ballet.”
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