Born in Barcelona, David Giménez studied piano and composition at the Conservatori del Liceu in his hometown. Later on, he specialized in conducting at the Hochschulefür-Musik in Vienna with Karl Österreicher and at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Sir Colin Davis.
Since making his debut with the Hannover NDR Orchestra in 1994, he has appeared worldwide, leading the most prominent orchestras and soloists in venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Salle Pleyel, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. During his career, David Giménez has conducted orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Philharmonia, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris and Filarmonica della Scala. He is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Bucarest Philharmonic Orchestra and Laureate Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Barcelona.
Opera is an important part of Maestro Giménez’s performance schedule. He has performed a wide operatic repertoire in theaters like Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Zurich Opera, Berlin Deutsche Oper, Théâtre du Champs Elysées, Washington Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Madrid’s Teatro Real or Sydney Opera House.
With an exceptional understanding of voices, David Giménez collaborates regularly with singers such as José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja.
This is why Maestro Giménez has regularly been on the jury of several competitions, like the Verdi singing competition in Parma, Operalia or the Reina Sofia competition for composition in Madrid.
Recently David Giménez has appeared, among other places, on the podiums of the Munich Symphony, Brucknerhaus Linz Symphony, Vienna Volksoper Orchestra, Czech National Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and China National Opera House Orchestra. In his home country, Maestro Giménez has conducted orchestras like Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Real Filarmonia and Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao.
In the operatic field, he recently opened the season of the Barcelona Opera House (Gran Teatre del Liceu) with a series of tribute concerts to Giuseppe Verdi and he was chosen to be the musical director for the new opera El Juez, composed by Christian Kolonovits, which had its world première in Bilbao and the Erl Festival in Austria. Maestro Giménez also made his debut at the new Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and Theater an der Wien with this opera.
Other recent highlights are his collaborations with the Royal Philharmonic, Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien, Singapore Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Moscow City State Symphony – Russian Philharmonic, Bucharest Philharmonic and Shenzhen Symphony and, in Opera productions, La Traviata, La Sonnambula and Carmen (Sofia Opera, Las Palmas Opera and Shenzhen Festival). It is also important to mention several worldwide concerts for the José Carreras Farewell Tour and his first participation in the jury of the Elena Obratzova International Singing Competition in Moscow.
Maestro David Giménez’s recordings include works for Decca, BMG Classics, Koch- Schwann, Erato and Discmedi.
Roberto Alagna & Aleksandra Kurzak - Glamorous Opera Evening
Roberto Alagna en Aleksandra Kurzak ontmoetten elkaar als de hoofdzangers in een productie van Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore aan het Royal Opera House te Londen.