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Conductors

Juanjo Mena

Music Director, Cincinnati May Festival

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 led [Prokofiev’s first symphony] with an eye towards Haydnesque grace. The opening movement was light on its feet, with the skipping second theme taking on a gentle humor. The second movement was imbued with a singing lyricism. The violin theme spun over the accompaniment in a gleaming, vocal line. The Gavotte moved with a gentle swagger. Mena gave the piece a technicolor flourish, highlighting wind and string lines to good effect. The final movement was a whirlwind of darting figures.” “After the intermission Mena led a bracing account of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Mena, who led from memory, conducted with a keen sense of the work’s breadth. Tempos were fleet, which brought fire to the performance, particularly in the finale. Phrases were shaped in long arcs. Mena, too, kept an eye to the dance-like character that permeates the inner movements of the piece. The scherzo was nimble and swift in its pizzicato statements, and the sweeping string lines of the first movement sounded with glowing warmth.”
Boston Classical Review

About

Juanjo Mena is one of Spain’s most distinguished international conductors.

He has conducted most of the leading orchestras in North America, including the Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. This season he assumes the role of Principal Conductor of the Cincinnati May Festival.

Throughout Europe, Juanjo Mena has been Artistic Director of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Chief Guest Conductor of the Orchestra del Teatro . . .

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    Additional Management: Stefana Atlas
    Management Territory: North America, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Russia, and Asia

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