Juanjo Mena


Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, United Kingdom, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain’s most distinguished international conductors.  He has been Artistic Director of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Chief Guest Conductor of the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recently been appointed Principal Conductor of the Cincinnati May Festival.

He has worked with most of the major European orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan, Münchner Rundfunk Orchester, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra as well as regular appearances with all the major Spanish orchestras.

He has conducted most of the leading orchestras in the United States, including Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

He has led the BBC Philharmonic on tours of China and South Korea, Europe and Spain, including performances in Beijing, Seoul, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Madrid, and performs with them every year at the BBC Proms in London.

His operatic work includes The Flying Dutchman, Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung and productions including Eugene Onegin in Genoa, The Marriage of Figaro in Lausanne and Billy Budd in Bilbao.

His recent and future highlights include his debuts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, as well as return visits to the Boston, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, and the London, Oslo and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestras.

He has made several recordings with the BBC Philharmonic, including a recent release of Ginastera’s orchestral works to mark the composer’s centenary, two discs of works by Manuel de Falla, one of which was a BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month, a Gabriel Pierné release which was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, and works by Albéniz, Montsalvatge, Weber and Turina which have gained excellent reviews from the specialist music press. He has also recorded a collection of Basque symphonic music with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, and a critically acclaimed rendering of Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony for Hyperion with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.