Jesús López-Cobos



Born in Toro, Spain, Jesús López-Cobos graduated in philosophy at Madrid University. He had received no formal musical training when he began conducting the university choir, but his talent was obvious and in 1966 he began studying conducting in Italy with Franco Ferrara and later in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky. In 1968 he won first prize in the Besancon Competition and shortly after made his professional conducting debuts in opera at La Fenice, Venice, and in concert in Prague. 

Jesús López-Cobos has held a number of titles with orchestras over the years.  These include Music Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid from 2003 to 2010, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 2001 (he is now Music Director Emeritus), Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra from 1990 until 2000, General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1981 until 1990, Music Director of the Spanish National Orchestra from 1984 until 1988, and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic from 1981 to 1986.  He is now Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia in La Coruna, Spain. 

He has worked with many of the world's major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Hamburg NDR, Munich Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle, Israel Philharmonic, Cleveland, Chicago, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic and with all of the London Orchestras. 

Jesús López-Cobos has conducted new opera productions at La Scala, the Met, Covent Garden and Vienna Opera. In 1987 with the Deutsche Oper he conducted the complete Ring cycle in Japan - the first time this had been performed in that country. In 1989 they performed the Ring in Washington DC. 

His extensive discography includes a cycle of Haydn Symphonies with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra for Denon, and a series of operas by Rossini for Teldec.  For Telarc his numerous recordings with the Cincinnati Symphony include works by Falla, Ravel, Bizet, Franck, Mahler, Respighi, Villa-Lobos and Shostakovich.  His other recordings include discs for Philips, Decca, EMI, Virgin, Keys, Cascavelle etc. 

Jesus Lopez-Cobos has been bestowed with several prestigious awards; the first ever Prince of Asturias Award in 1981 (for the most outstanding contributor to the Arts in Spain), and the Verdienstkreuzen 1 Klass, des Verdienstordesu des BRD 1989 (Cross of Merit, First Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany).  In 1996 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and in 2001 the Spanish government gave him the Medalla de Oro de las Bellas Artes (the Gold Medal of the Fine Arts).   He also received an award from the French government - the title Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.



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