The orchestra of the Grand Duchy, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL), represents a very dynamic part of the culture of its country. Since its brilliant debut in 1933 under the aegis of Radio Luxembourg (RTL), the orchestra has performed all over Europe. Publicly administered since 1996, the OPL has since 2005 been resident at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, one of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe.
In Gustavo Gimeno’s fourth season as Music Director, there is a particular emphasis on the scope of repertoire ranging from Bach, Haydn, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius to Schönberg, Dutilleux and Verunelli. A recording collaboration with the label Pentatone, that started with the release of four volumes dedicated to Bruckner, Shostakovitch, Ravel and Mahler, will be continued in 2018 with works by Stravinsky and Debussy.
Musical partnerships in the 2018/19 season include the Artists in residence at the Philharmonie Philippe Herreweghe, Brad Mehldau and Yuja Wang. The OPL will perform with conductors including Marc Minkowski, Dmitry Liss, Eliahu Inbal, Baldur Brönnimann, Andrew Manze, Hans-Christoph Rademann and Nikolaj Znaider, and soloists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Camilla Tilling, Vilde Frang, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Simon Keenlyside, Martin Helmchen, Martin Grubinger, Anja Harteros and Jean-Guihen Queyras.
The orchestra, which consists of 98 musicians from more than 20 countries, is regularly invited to perform at music venues in Europe as well as in Asia and the USA. In 2018/19, guest performances will take the orchestra to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.