Robert Trevino Extends Music Directorship Of Basque National Orchestra

Robert Trevino Extends Music Directorship Of Basque National Orchestra

With audiences growing and reviews overwhelmingly positive, the Basque National Orchestra has extended - after only one year - Robert Trevino's tenure as Music Director. The fast-rising American conductor made an immediate impression upon his arrival and forged a strong partnership with the orchestra's General Manager Oriol Roch. The new contract will see Trevino as the orchestra's artistic leader until the 2021/22 season.

As the start of his time with the orchestra, Trevino spoke of his determination to strive with the players to achieve the highest standards of music-making for the Basque Country and beyond, Critics have been quick to enthusiastically note the results, with Klassikbidea opining, "Trevino is taking this orchestra to very high levels of quality and his appointment there is a success that we hope will be extended for many seasons...He approaches music as an active experience, as a journey in which each length is questioned and illuminated." On reporting the news of the contract extension, that same outlet commented, "(There was a) fear that the American maestro might not finish his first contract in view of the volume and the quality of his international commitments...The orchestra can make a lot of progress with Trevino...Basque fans are in luck. Trevino is invaluable..."

As well as attracting audiences and plaudits at home, Trevino will take the orchestra on a tour of Austria and Germany next season, encompassing Munich, Linz and Bregenz, building on their history of international touring. And for the coming season, he will preside over a diverse repertoire which will include focuses on Sibelius and Elgar and will include a prestigious line-up of soloists, among them Stephen Hough (as both pianist and composer), Pinchas Zukerman, James Ehnes, Alexei Volodin, Melanie Levy-Thiebaut and Christian Lindberg.

Trevino remains much in demand internationally as a guest conductor. Recent months have included successful appearances with, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, MDR Leipzig, Malmo Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, and his first recording, for Decca.

"I am thrilled to extend my contract with the Basque National Orchestra," says Trevino, "As a conductor you spend your time hoping for the great collaborations, the orchestras with whom you feel a shared musical vision. I certainly have always felt that with this great ensemble, from its terrific musicians to its dedicated management team, and of course my partner-in-music-making, their General Manager, Oriol Roch. I am humbled and grateful that the orchestra has asked me to stay longer and I look forward to the coming season and to many years of wonderful music together."

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Robert Trevino, Music Director of the Basque National Orchestra, started his career, with his mentor David Zinman, as an Aspen Conducting Fellow where he won the James Conlon Prize for Excellence in Conducting. He then became the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and he has also studied with Michael Tilson Thomas and Leif Segerstam (whom he assisted at the Helsinki Philharmonic). He has been Associate Conductor at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2011-2015) and held the same title for New York City Opera (2009-2011), where he also worked on the world premieres of five new operas.

The past few seasons have seen many major debuts, among them the Vienna Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre Nationale de France, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Danish Radio Symphony.

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