The Venezuelan-born, Spanish conductor José Luis Gomez was catapulted to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt in September 2010, securing a sensational and rare unanimous decision from the jury. His electrifying energy, talent and creativity earned him immediate acclaim from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra where he was appointed to the position of Assistant Conductor.
Mr. Gomez started his musical career as a violinist, and by the age of 11 was Concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of Zulia State - part of El Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela. He graduated in music and violin from the Manhattan School of Music in New York before embarking on a European orchestral career. After just six months of studying conducting he went on to win the Georg Solti competition.
The 16/17 season sees Mr. Gomez begin a four-year position as Musical Director with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. The new season will also see appearances with Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orqueste Filarmónica de Gran Canaria. His recent highlights include his Carnegie Hall debut with YPhil Youth International Philharmonic, his debut at the Moscow State Conservatory, and the MGD CD release of the Nielsen, Françaix, and Debussy clarinet concertos with clarinetist Vladimir Soltan and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. In April 2017, Mr. Gomez also conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in their New Year concert and several educational projects. Maestro Gomez was the principal conductor of the Orchestra 1813 Teatro Sociale di Como between 2012 and 2015.
Mr. Gomez last conducted the ESO in February 2015.