A round-the-world trip to start the year

It has been a busy and rewarding start to 2017. Having seen the New Year in with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Juanjo Mena made his debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and received a warm welcome from orchestra and audiences alike. He then flew to Boston for what was due to be one week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducting Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1, Weinberg’s Violin Concerto with Gidon Kremer and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4. Following the cancellation of Christoph von Dohnanyi Maestro Mena extended his stay in Boston to conduct the American premiere of Julian Anderson’s Incantesimi, Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Schubert’s Symphony in C, “The Great”.

The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal: “A real treat”

“Under Maestro Juanjo Mena, the orchestra shone in a cohesion that we have not heard for a long time, which delighted our ears”
“Again, Juanjo Mena demonstrated extreme control, gleaning magnificent solos from the musicians, especially in the wind section”
“This was a real treat to hear such a beautiful version of the masterpiece Daphnis and Chloe”

Juanjo Mena nombrado Director Titular del Cincinnati May Festival

“Juanjo was selected as the May Festival’s Principal Conductor because of his artistry, vision, and experience, along with his collaborative nature and approach,” said May Festival Board Member and Artistic Leadership Search Committee Chair Kelley Downing. “He has a strong track record with both orchestras and choruses, extensive experience with choral repertoire and a passion for the May Festival, its remarkable history and its role in the Greater Cincinnati community today.”

“A magnificent “Leningrad” from the BBC Philharmonic”

“Juanjo Mena conducted the BBC Philharmonic in one of those rare concerts in which clever programming and superb playing combine to produce a truly exhausting and memorable experience.”
“…before the tumultuous last minutes of the symphony, Mena created a powerful sense of stillness, much aided by the excellent pianissimo control of the orchestra.”
“Mena finally indulged the triumphant last pages to their maximum heroism, marking the end of a superb performance.”
(Rohan Shotton, Bachtrack)
“It was immensely moving.”
(Jonathan Payne, Manchester Confidential)

“The New York Philharmonic demonstrated some of their finest playing working under the baton of Juanjo Mena”

“The journey that Mena guided was one worth following. He treated much of the symphony, notably its opening Majestoso, like a force of nature to be unleashed. There was a thrilling tidal quality to the music’s progression …” (Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review)

“This was a singularly stunning performance”
“The outcome was a joy, real joy” (Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet)

“The audience was suitably dazzled” after Juanjo Mena’s last concert of the season

“…One of the most exciting and uplifting concerts I have attended for some time.” (Frances Wilson, Bachtrack)
“Here, the Three Mantras almost achieved the impossible and upstaged that brazenly voluptuous masterpiece, Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony, which was exuberantly performed under Juanjo Mena’s direction, with Steven Osborne cascading brilliantly on the piano and Valérie Hartmann-Claverie conjuring sounds from a kitsch parallel universe on Ondes Martenot.” (Richard Morrison, The Times)
“With Valérie Hartmann-Claverie on ondes martenot, Steven Osborne at the piano, and Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic on top form, Messiaen’s extraordinary work came over with megawatt radiance”. (Michael Church, The Independent)

Juanjo Mena dirige una representación dinámica por la Pittsburgh Symphony

“The sheer energy generated by this exciting conductor in Estancia’s final dance was one of the most exhilarating orchestral experiences in my recall”
(Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“Mena was wonderfully evocative…. taking time for swells of sound to carry the audience along.”
(Mark Kanny, Trib Total Media)

Escuchen la representación de ‘Fidelio’ de Beethoven por la BBC Philharmonic

“The emotional pitch was high from the outset” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian)
“Juanjo Mena was whipping the faster speeds along with all the breakneck enthusiasm worthy of a modern Beethoven expert, and the performance ended with him bouncing on the rostrum and excitement reaching dizzy heights. It was quite a night.” (Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News)
“Juanjo Mena gleaned from the pages of Beethoven’s score a powerfully emotional and dramatic intensity, extracting tenderness, jealousy, greed, love and joy in impressive quantity.” (Andrew King, Bachtrack)

Juanjo Mena to make his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic

El próximo mayo 2016 Juanjo Mena debutará al frente de la Filarmónica de Berlin, con el programa ‘Iberia’ de Debussy, el Concierto para Arpa de Ginastera con Marie-Pierre Langlamet y el ballet de M. de Falla, ‘El Sombrero de Tres Picos’. Se puede leer más información aquí.

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Esta semana Juanjo Mena debutará al frente de la Cleveland Orchestra, dirigiendo la obra evocativa de Schoenberg “Pelleas und Melisande”. En su entrevista con Mike Telin de Cleveland Classical, le comentó ”La Orquesta de Cleveland es una de las mejores orquestas del mundo. Es una maravilla, y será un placer estar allí”.

Público en pie en Nueva York!

2015 arrancó majestuoso para Juanjo Mena en el Avery Fisher Hall, con el público de pie al final de su debut al frente de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Nueva York.

Espectacular fin de año de Juanjo Mena con Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Nacional de España y Sinfónica de Madrid

Juanjo Mena afronta desde el 28 de noviembre un apretado y brillante calendario que le llevará a presentarse, hasta enero de 2015, con dos de las más prestigiosas orquestas norteamericanas, la Philadelphia Orchestra y la New York Philharmonic, y con agrupaciones con las que mantiene una fuerte vinculación: la BBC Philharmonic, de la que es director titular; la Orquesta Nacional de España y la Sinfónica de Madrid.

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“This was the best all-French concert I have heard for a long time…..
I can’t think of a more sympathetic/enthusiastic conductor for this music than Juanjo Mena. His sense of orchestral balance was superb, as was his care over, among other things, dynamics, colouration, and rhythmic/lyrical contrast.” (Geoff Diggings, Seen and Heard International)
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“The music glinted and sparkled as it made its inevitable, quicksilver progress…. This was a highly successful LPO debut for Juanjo Mena, a partnership that hopefully will continue, for it has great potential.”
(Alan Sanders, Classical Source)
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“Thrilling French fare from the LPO and Juanjo Mena”
(Katy Wright, Bachtrack)