Jesus Lopez-Cobos (1940-2018)
March 2, 2018
Naxos is sad to report the passing of Jesús López-Cobos, a conductor well known to us for his multiple recordings on the Naxos, Orfeo and Dynamic labels.
Born in Toro, Spain in 1940, López-Cobos made his debut in 1971 in Prague as an orchestral conductor, and in Venice as director of opera. Engagements at the Berlin Opera led to his appointment in 1981 as music director, continuing to 1990 with productions in Washington and in Japan, where he conducted his first Ring cycle.
López-Cobos guest conducted numerous major European and American orchestras throughout his distinguished career, receiving various honours for his contribution to the arts, including Germany’s First Class Cross of Merit, the French rank of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and the Spanish Gold Medal of Merit of the Fine Arts. In 2012 he was awarded the Castilla and León Arts Prize and named conductor emeritus of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León.
Jesus López-Cobos died on 2 March, 2018. He was 78.
Jesús López Cobos Biography & Discography