Venezuelan conductor Manuel López-Gómez presented the audience with an incredible palette of colours, dynamics and nuances… the new star conductor led the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with magical precision…” — (OperaPlus.cz).
Hugely successful appearances in North and Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia with, amongst others, the Washington National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, the Simón Bolívar Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony, Busan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestra established Manuel López-Gómez’ reputation as a forceful conductor with visionary and inspiring powers.
In addition to his concert work, Manuel is passionate about opera. For Universal Music Italy he conducted and recorded the world premiere of the recently orchestrated opera Atahualpa by Carlo Enrico Pasta in Perú. Shortly after, he returned to this country for Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Juan Diego Flórez. The Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro invited him for a production of Il Viaggio a Reims, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra for Le Nozze di Figaro. For more than 15 years Manuel worked side by side with Gustavo Dudamel on symphonic and opera projects such as La Bohème, La Traviata and Mahler’s Eighth
Symphony in Caracas, Don Giovanni in Los Angeles, the Brahms Symphonies in Paris and West Side Story with Cecilia Bartoli at the Salzburg Festival. In 2017/18, Manuel shared with him the musical direction of a new production of La Bohème at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. Manuel López-Gómez began to study the violin, piano, chamber music, composition and conducting in Venezuela.
Having been formed within El Sistema, he sees the dedication to young people and their musical training as a major duty of his profession. Currently, he fulfils this particular commitment as Music Director of the Bogotá Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.