Manuel López-Gómez is one of today’s most exciting conductors. Following hugely successful performances including the Washington National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Philharmonique de Radio France, Gothenburg Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Opéra de Paris and Frankfurt hr-Sinfonieorchester; Manuel is increasingly recognized as a conductor of visionary and inspiring capabilities.
Highlights from the 2014/15 season, included his return to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Württembergische Philharmonie in Germany, and came to a triumphant close with a highly successful debut with the Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
Very active also in opera, Manuel conducted and recorded for Universal Music Italia the world-debut of the recently orchestrated opera Atahualpa by Carlo Enrico Pasta in Perú, where he shortly returned to conduct a production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Juan Diego Flórez. In the summer of 2015, he conducted the production of Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
In the 2015/16 season, Manuel conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and he began the 2016/17 season leading a production of Le Nozze di Figaro with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and later performances with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, London Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Maryland National Orchestral Institute, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
“Venezuelan conductor Manuel López-Gómez has presented to the audiences an incredible palette of colors, dynamics and nuances …the new conductor star worked with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with magical precision …with his spirited and economic gestures, he managed to pull out of the orchestra exactly what he wanted” — (OperaPlus.cz).
For more than 15 years, Manuel has been working side by side with Gustavo Dudamel on symphonic and opera projects such as La Bohème, La Traviata and Mahler 8th Symphony in Caracas, Don Giovanni in Los Angeles, the Brahms Symphonies in Paris and the West Side Story at the Salzburg Festival.
In the 2017/18 season, Manuel shared with Gustavo Dudamel the musical direction of the new production of La Bohème conducting 5 performances at the Opéra National de Paris. In the 2019/20 season, he made his debut in Saudi Arabia with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Lang Lang; he was re-invited to conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias and will make his operatic debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona conducting 10 performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Manuel began his musical studies on the violin, piano, chamber music, composition and conducting in the renowned Venezuelan musical education program El Sistema. He performed in the violin section of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra for many years, where his talent for conducting was noticed early on and nurtured by his mentor maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema: “Thanks to his exceptional human spirit, high sense of professional responsibility, and authentic artistic vision, Manuel is one of the principal and most brilliant leaders of the musical process in Venezuela”.