Antonio Méndez


Spanish conductor Antonio Méndez is fast becoming one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. 

Season 2015-2016 sees Antonio conduct on tour with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland to The Netherlands and with the Spanish National Orchestra to Japan. He will also make two recordings: with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, alongside debuts & concerts with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Auckland Philharmonia and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. 

He will also return to conduct the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchester and Orchestre Symphonique de La Monnaie

Despite his youth, Antonio has already had great success conducting orchestras such as Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rudfunks, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra (at Grafenegg Festival), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

He attracted international attention as a prize winner at the prestigious 2012 Nikolai Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen and more recently as a finalist at the 2013 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. 

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    Symphony no.5 (April 2015)


Glocke, BREMEN

Conductor: Antonio Méndez

Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra

Prokofieff: Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2
Rachmaninov: Symphonie Nr. 2, c-moll

Other Performers:
Liza Ferschtman (violin)

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Concert on BR Classik TV

Concert on BR Classik TV - Sept 2013

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with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Antonio Méndez (conductor)

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra

St Magnus Festival, Orkney

"This year’s resident band was the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, working for the very first time with the 31-year-old Majorcan-born conductor Antonio Méndez. Their opening programme on Friday showed the young Méndez as a name worth’s an exciting thought that Méndez will be back with the SCO as part of its main season next January. Worth looking out for." Ken Walton, The Scotsman
"...Scottish Chamber Orchestra, joined for the first time by young Spanish conductor Antonio Méndez. Judging by his vivid, energetic performances, bursting with detail and life yet summoned seemingly with the subtlest flick of a wrist, he’s definitely a name to watch. His Mendelssohn Italian Symphony was bright and eager, with a nice sense of gentle flow in the third-movement minuet, and he pushed the SCO players hard in a frenzied concluding tarantella. His Stravinsky Pulcinella felt elegant, even nonchalant, yet – despite the music’s origins in 18th-century Italian dance music – thoroughly 20th-century in its thick textures and abrupt contrasts of mood." 

"Maxwell Davies’s Ebb of Winter made a bracing opener for the SCO’s second concert, again meticulously delivered by Méndez, who charted a sure trajectory from the work’s dark, angular opening through to the acid brightness of its brass-and-glockenspiel conclusion."

"Méndez proved a highly effective storyteller in a very impressive Beethoven Pastoral Symphony after the interval: brisk, beautifully sculpted, and shot through with period rawness."
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Rotterdam Philharmonic:16 April 2015

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'Antonio Mendez wist in het evocatieve eerste deel prachtige natuurschilderingen te realiseren, vooral in de opening.' Christo Lelie, Trouw

A Hero's Symphony: 10 January 2015

Regina Symphony Orchestra

"Mendez, muted, spoke with a conducting flair, with movements and a style as graceful as ballet dancer. Though youthful in age, it was apparent within moments the conductor holds a vast experience" Christopher Tessmer, The Leader Post


Mahler Chamber Orchestra: 20 September 2014

Musikfest Bremen

"Höhepunkt ist fraglos Mendelssohns 4. Symphonie, die „Italienische“. Da lässt das Orchester dynamische Opulenz und klangliche Varianz in außergewöhnlichem Maß hören. Méndez leitet mit deutlichen, keineswegs exaltierten Bewegungen. Seine inspirierende Spontaneität, die er geradezu in den Fingerspitzen zu haben scheint, und die reaktionsschnelle Flexibilität der Musiker lassen eine charismatische „Italienische“ quasi in Echtzeit entstehen."

Volker Timmermann for NWZ Online
 "Ein absolut herausragendes Debüt" Kreiszeitung

Tonkünstler-Orchester: 12 July 2014

Grafenegg Festival

"Ein Musikstück mit seltener Ausdruckskraft, in dem der Dirigent eine bemerkenswerte Leistung vollbringt. Das Publikum dankt es ihm mit orkanartigem Applaus. Ein Künstler mit Charisma und glänzender Zukunft. Er ist zwar noch kein Pultgigant, aber auf dem besten Weg dazu. Den würde ich mir als neuen Chefdirigenten wünschen. Die Pressesprecherin des Orchesters möge mir meine Wunschvorstellungen verzeihen - ich kann nicht anders."
Reinhard Hübl for Wiener Bezirkszeitung


Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra:16 May 2014

Frankfurt Radio Hall

Please click this link to read his review in Rhein-Main-Zeitung. Rhein-Main-Zeitung