The former associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain, PostClassical Ensemble music director Angel Gil-Ordóñez has conducted symphonic music, opera and ballet throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America. In the United States, he has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Opera Colorado, the Pacific Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St Luke’s and the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington. Abroad, he has been heard with the Munich Philharmonic, the Solistes de Berne, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and at the Bellas Artes National Theatre in Mexico City. In the summer of 2000, he toured the major music festivals of Spain with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra in the Spanish première of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
Born in Madrid and an American citizen since 2009, he worked closely with Sergiu Celibidache in Germany for more than six years. He also studied with Pierre Boulez and Iannis Xenakis in France. He is currently the music director of PostClassical Ensemble in Washington, DC. He also serves as advisor for education and programming for Trinitate Philarmonia, a program in Leon, Mexico, modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema, conducting its youth orchestra and choir several weeks per year.
A specialist in the Spanish repertoire, Mr Gil-Ordóñez has recorded four CDs devoted to Spanish composers, in addition to PostClassical Ensemble’s Virgil Thomson and Copland CD/DVDs on Naxos (Artist of the Week for both releases).
In 2006, the king of Spain awarded Mr Gil-Ordóñez the country’s highest civilian decoration, the Royal Order of Queen Isabella, for his work in advancing Spanish culture around the world, in particular for performing and teaching Spanish music in its cultural context. Mr Gil-Ordóñez received a WAMMIE award in 2011 from the Washington DC association of professional musicians in the category of best conductor.
Starting Fall 2012, Mr Gil-Ordóñez will serve as the principal guest conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble, and as the music director of the Georgetown University Orchestra in DC.
For more information about Mr Angel Gil-Ordóñez, please visit PostClassical Ensemble’s website.
|Read the excellent reviews of the ensemble’s presentation at Strathmore of The Story of the First African American Opera Company in The Washington Post and The Washington Times.
|The Naxos DVD films The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) and The River (1938) was discussed on NPR’s Weekend Edition. There is an accompanying web page on NPR.org, with video clips of the films, production stills, and other internet material related to the DVD.
|WETA public broadcasting for Greater Washington, has a music-laced conversation with PCE Artistic Director Angel Gil-Ordoñez. To listen, click here.
|The Washington Post (10/14/07) has an interview with the founders of the PostClassical Ensemble.
|Read a review in the Financial Times of PCE’s “Artists in Exile” concert program.
Upcoming Engagements (PostClassical Ensemble 2012/2013)
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