Maestro Angel Gil-Ordóñez studied music from childhood, but came to the field of conducting with a singular focus at the age of 21, following a transcendent concert by the masterful Sergiu Celibidache, who later became a mentor.
Gil-Ordóñez is the Music Director of PostClassical Ensemble, Principal Guest Conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble, and Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra. He also serves as lead education and programming advisor for Trinitate Philharmonia, a program in León, Mexico modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema. He has appeared as guest conductor with the American Composers Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Pacific Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Abroad, he has conducted the Munich Philharmonic, the Solistes de Berne, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and at the Bellas Artes National Theatre in Mexico City.
Gil-Ordóñez is the former Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain. He also founded and became Music Director of the Academia de Madrid chamber orchestra; and was Principal Guest Conductor of the Classical Orchestra of Madrid. For his commitment to advancing Spanish music around the world, Gil-Ordóñez received the Royal Order of Queen Isabella, the country’s highest civilian decoration.
He has recorded seven albums for Naxos, including PostClassical Ensemble’s Virgil Thomson and Copland CD/DVDs, and the spring 2017 release for Naxos celebrating the centenary of American composer Lou Harrison.
More about Gil-Ordóñez can be found at his website, www.gilordonez.com; he is on Facebook at @angelgilordonezconductor.