Juanjo Mena, conductor

Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena is chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, England.  In Europe he has appeared with the Berlin, Dresden, Oslo, and Royal Stockholm philharmonics; the Göteborg and Danish National symphony orchestras; Munich Radio Orchestra; Orchestre National de France; Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse; Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala Milan; and all the major Spanish orchestras. Since his American debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2004, he has conducted most of the leading orchestras in the United States, including the Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras; New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; and the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras.  

Mr. Mena has led the BBC Philharmonic on tours of Europe and Asia, including performances in Cologne, Munich, Vienna, Madrid, Beijing and Seoul, and performs with them every year at the BBC Proms in London. He has made several recordings with the BBC Philharmonic, including a disc of works by Manuel de Falla, named Recording of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, and a Gabriel Pierné release which was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. He has also recorded a collection of Basque symphonic music with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and a critically acclaimed rendering of Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony for Hyperion with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Mena was previously artistic director of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, chief guest conductor of the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, and principal guest conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.