López Cobos, Jesús
After graduating in philosophy at the Madrid University, as well as in composition at the Conservatory of Madrid, López Cobos studied chorus and orchestra conduction at the Music Academy of Vienna. Being a winner at the Besançon and Copenhagen Competitions, he made his debut in Prague as Symphony Conductor, and in Venice as Opera Conductor. In 1981 he was appointed Generalmusik Direktor of the Berlin Opera until 1990. For 6 years he was Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic.
He conducted all the big european and american orchestras, apart from participating in the most prestigious international Festivals.
He was Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (1990-2000), and of the Symphony Orchestra in Cincinnati (1986-2001) where he was recently named Emeritus Music Conductor. He was also Artistic Responsible of the Youth French Orchestra for three seasons, and Chief Conductor of the National Orchestra of Spain (1984-1988). Mº López Cobos was the first Spanish Conductor on the podium of the Scala de Milán, of Covent Garden in London, the Paris Opera, and the New York Metropolitan. From September 2003 to July 2010 he was Music Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Chief Conductor of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra with whom he performed his own concerts cycle. He was as well Principal Guest Conductor of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra the 2010/11 season.
His large discography includes an important number of recordings for Philips, Decca, Virgin, Teldec, Telarc, Denon, Claves, Cascavelle, etc.
He was the first Conductor to receive the "Principe de Asturias" Prize of Arts, and he is Honorary Member of the Berlin Opera. The German Government awarded him with their highest civil distinction, the First Class Cross to the Merit from the Federal German Republic for his contribution to the culture of this country. The Cincinnati University awarded him as Doctor Honoris Causa of Arts. He received distinctions from the spanish government, such as the Golden Medal to the Fine Arts Merit, and the french government named him "Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres".