Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos is one the most famous conductors, either in concert or for operas.
Maestro Lopez Cobos conducts the major orchestras throughout the world.In America: New York’s Mostly Mozart Symphony, orchestras of New-York, Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, New York Philharmonic etc…
And also many European orchestras in Italie – Parma, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, la Fenice… – France – Orchestre National de France, Orchestras in Bordeaux, Lyon, Lille, Monte-Carlo, Strasbourg, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris etc. – ; Spain – Madrid, Séville, La Coruña, Santander Festival, Barcelona, Tenerife… - and all around Europe: Gulbenkian Orchestra in Portugal, orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, in Germany, Eastern Europe , Scandinavia (Malmö, Stavanger, Odense), in Parma, Valencia, Lausanne, at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen, etc.
He served as principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic (1981-86) and was music director of the Spanish National Orchestra (1984-1988). He is a frequent guest conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.
From 1986 to 1998 Maestro Lopez Cobos was the Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and had led the CSO into a new era of acclaim.
Among the orchestra’s other tours are a successful trip to Taiwan and Japan (1990), eight sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall, and two West Coast tours (the CSO’s first in 1992, and also in 1997). In 1995 he led the orchestra in its first European tour since 1969.
He was appointed Permanent Conductor of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes in Paris for summer education / performance programs for French youth from 1998 to 2000.
Under his direction, the CSO has made 21 recordings for Telarc, beginning with a 1987 release of music by Falla (a stereo Review “Record of the Year”). Other highly praised releases include music of Wagner, Respighi, Strauss, Bruckner, Bizet, Franck, Mahler and Ravel. February 1997 brought Mahler’s Symphony No 9, which earned praise from Stereophile: “Jesus Lopez Cobos’ reading stands tall among the very best, namely Walter, Bernstein, von Karajan. I wouldn’t even argue too strongly if you claimed that it is the best”. The CSO’s latest CD, Albeniz’ Iberia was released in February 1998 and a CD of Mahler’s Symphony No3 in the fall 2001.
The CSO promoted him Emeritus Musical Director for ever.
In the Summer 2006 he gave a fantastic concert of the Salzburger Festpiele, with Mr. Domingo and Mrs. Ana Maria Martinez..Among other projects since 2010: Rotterdam Phiharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Orchestra, Seoul and Tokyio Philharmonic Orchestras etc.
New projects as from 2011, Orchestre de Chambre Lausanne, Monte Carlo Orchestra, Varshaw Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra national de Bordeaux, Orchestre de Strasbourg, , many Spanish Orchestras…
As general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin 1981-90, Maestro Lopez Cobos conducted 30 new productions at the Berlin Opera, including a 1987 performance of The Ring in Japan, the first time Wagner’s four-opera cycle had been performed here. He has also conducted new opera productions at La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and the Vienna Opera.
From 2003 to 2010 Mo Lopez Cobos had been appointed as Musical director of the Teatro Real in Madrid where he did many productions as Italiena in Algeri, Fliegender Holländer, Salomé, Simon Boccanegra, Ballo in Maschera, Trittico, Rosenkavalier, Tannhauser, etc
He also appears at the Liceu in Barcelona, the Chicago Lyric Opera, New York Metropolitan Opera (Thaïs) , Covent Garden in London, Capitole Toulouse,( Barbiere di Seviglia)and Opéra de Paris (Manon, Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Traviata), Traviata in Zurich, I Puritani at the Grand Theatre Geneva
For the next seasons until 2013, he will be conducting many productions among them les Contes d’Hoffmann, Manon , Nabucco , Cenerentola, at the Vienna State Opera , Turandot at the deutsche Oper Berlin, Manon iat the CapitolE Toulouse, Elixir d ‘Amore in Lausanne? among others.
A native of Spain, he studied at the University of Granada and Madrid, where he earned a doctorate in Philosophy. He had received one formal musical training when he began conducting with Franco Ferrara in Italy and later with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. He took first prize in the 1968 Besançon Competition, and in 1980 made his European orchestral debut at the Prague Festival and hid operatic debut in Venice. In North America he made his operatic debut with the San Francisco Opera in 1972 and his orchestral debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1978.
He was the first recipient of the Prince of the Asturias Award (1981), given by the Spanish government and the Royal House for outstanding contributions to the arts. He received the distinguished Service Medal First Class (1989) from the German government for his contributions to musical culture. In 1996, the UC College-Conservatory of Music awarded him an Honorary Doctorate.