Antonio Méndez


Spanish conductor ANTONIO MÉNDEZ is fast becoming one of the most exciting conductors of his generation.
Within the 2016-17 season, Antonio will return to conduct the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (at Bregenz Festival), Tonkünstler Orchester, Kammerakademie Potsdam, and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; and will make debuts with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, NDR Hamburg, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, WKO Heilbronn, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.
Despite his youth, Antonio has already had great success conducting orchestras such as Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rudfunks, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
He attracted international attention as a prize winner at the prestigious 2012 Malko Competition in Copenhagen and later as a finalist at the 2013 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award.  

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    Antonio Mendez & Seoul Philharmonic (Mvt 4)


Poole Lighthouse, POOLE

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No.1
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.2


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kieler Schloss, KIEL

GLINKA: Ruslan & Ludmila Overture
BARTOK: Violin Concerto No.1
RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, op. 27

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

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Interview in The Herald, January 2016

"Sir Simon Rattle once said that if you don’t need a massage after conducting a Beethoven symphony then you haven’t given enough…”

Antonio Méndez talks to The Herald Scotland about the role of a conductor, his career and massages, ahead of three performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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Aarhus Symfoniorkester

Aarhus Concert Hall

'Under the direction of conductor Antonio Mendez, the symphony orchestra and the evening's organ soloist gave a gripping and thoughtful performance of the whole programme.'

'Under ledelse af dirigenten Antonio Méndez gav det udvidede symfoniorkester og aftenens orgelsolist Eric Lebrun en både medrivende og tankevækkende udførelse af netop hele musikken.' Ole Straarup, Aarhus Stiftstidende

Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife

Auditorio de Tenerife Adan Martin

"Mendez’s youth is reflected in his fresh style of performing,  and his great work is like it would belong to someone older than his age, someone who understands the music in a very deep way. Keep an eye on this director:  he will give a lot to talk about. It is such a pleasure to find new generations who know how to transmit their maturity with the baton in their hands so well. "
“Mendez tiene la frescura de la juventud y el buenhacer de alguien de mucha más edad, que ha entendido algo muy profundo de la música. No se pierdan de vista a este hombre: seguirá dando, y mucho, de qué hablar. Qué gusto encontrar nuevas generaciones que saben transmitir tan bien su madurez batuta en mano.”
Marina Hervás Muñoz, Cultura Resuena

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: 21 January 2016

SCO, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen

'Conducting each symphony without a score, Mendez had evidently done his homework, for the twists and turns of this most light-footed of symphonies were beautifully realised...Mendez clearly relished the opportunity to put such a virtuosic orchestra through its paces - the audience loved it too' Christopher Lambton, The Arts Desk
'The instrumental elements of the programme fared better, with a gloriously-characterised account of Haydn’s 99th Symphony in which the SCO’s playing captured exactly the spirit of adventure, imagination, originality and freedom that lace the score, and a hell-for-leather performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in which the SCO, like a pristine period band on something deliciously-toxic, went through the Symphony in turbo-drive, with the man from Bonn bellowing approval from the touch-line about the fleet momentum of the slow movement, with not a breath of ‘drag’ in sight, and the breath-taking, power-driven pace and impact of the finale.' Michael Tumelty, Herald Scotland
'...he had the orchestra sounding like a band floating magically on air...Méndez wrapped such thrills in a blanket of luxuriant tone, even more telling in the melting poeticism of the Adagio' Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman

Bremer Philharmoniker November 2015

Die Glocke, Bremen

Rauschendes Klangfest
'Unter dem umsichtigen Dirigat von Antonio Méndez ließ das Orchester die vielfältigen Facetten in illustrativen, teils geradezu berauschenden Bildern erstrahlen. Großartig, wie sich der melancholische Grundcharakter schon zu Beginn in dunklen Streicher- und Bläserakkorden finden ließ. […] Tosender Beifall'

Weser Kurier, Gerd Kilngeberg
'Es bedeutet Mut, dieses Riesenwerk in ein Konzertprogramm zu setzen und noch mehr Mut, es einem gerade mal dreißigjährigen Dirigenten anzuvertrauen: So gehört beim letzten Konzert der Bremer Philharmoniker unter der Leitung des jungen Spaniers Antonio Méndez, der damit ein bedenkenswertes Debüt in Bremen hinterließ.', Ute Schalz-Laurenze

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."
The Arts Desk


Rotterdam Philharmonic:16 April 2015

de Doelen

'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

Antonio's profile on Das Orchester

Das Orchester

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