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About Angel Gil-Ordóñez


A frequent guest conductor across Europe, the United States and Latin America, Angel Gil-Ordóñez holds the positions of Music Director/Conductor of PostClassical Ensemble in Washington, D.C., Principal Guest Conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble, and Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra. He also serves as advisor for education and programming for Trinitate Philharmonia, a program in León, Mexico, modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema.

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Fri, August 3, 2018 – 7:30 pm in 71 days

Itamar Zorman plays Dvořák

Violinist Itamar Zorman, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition and a recipient of the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Award and the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, performs Dvořák’s Violin Concerto under the direction of Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

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Fri, July 6, 2018 – 7:30 pm in 43 days

Narek Hakhnazaryan plays Tchaikovsky

Armenian-born and internationally renowned cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan plays Tchaikovsky’s concerto-like Rococo Variations under the direction of Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

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Bowdoin International Music Festival

Posted on May 16 at 10 am

For the friends in Maine in July. Really happy to be back conducting in Bowdoin

This evening’s program opens with one of Brahms’s proudest dispatches from the Austrian countryside where he enjoyed creative summertime retreats. Then, composer-in-residence John Harbison transports us from the New England sun to the oppressively dark expanse of a Wisconsin winter for Snow Country, featuring the oboe against an earthy backdrop of string textures. To conclude the concert with the first orchestral performance this season, we welcome Armenian-born and internationally renowned cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan for his Festival début, playing Tchaikovsky’s concerto-like Rococo Variations. TICKETS:

FALLA! Two Masterpieces by the Great Spanish Composer Manuel de Falla

Posted on May 15 at 2 pm

An extraordinary project coming up in August. Performances and recording for NAXOS of "El Amor Brujo" and "Retablo de Maese Pedro". Perspectives Ensemble, Esperanza Fernandez, and Alfredo García!!

Perspectives EnsembleAngel Gil-Ordóñez, ConductorSato Moughalian, Artistic DirectorEsperanza Fernandez, Flamenco CantaoraAlfredo Garcia, BaritoneJennifer Zetlan, SopranoSpecial Guest: Kevork Mourad, Spontaneous Painter and Animation Artist To celebrate the life of Doctorow Center major supporter, ...

PostClassical Ensemble

Posted on May 10 at 3 pm

ICYMI: The latest episode of POSTCLASSICAL on Silvestre Revueltas on WWFM - The Classical Network is available for streaming: "The Great Composer You've Never Heard Of"

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Posted on May 4 at 3 pm

Beautiful memories from PostClassical Ensemble's Gala last week. Million thanks to Annie Totah's generosity, and the amazing Min Xiao-Fen!

Bowdoin International Music Festival

Posted on April 27 at 11 am

Excited to return to Bowdoin International Music Festival to conduct performances with exceptional cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and violinist Itamar Zorman! A favorite summer tradition

We are so happy to have Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor returning to the Festival for our two orchestra performances this summer!

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In the press

Doppelgängers What does Schubert sound like on a jazzy bass trombone?

Article published on February 01, 2018 in The American Scholar

At the altar of change. PostClassical Becomes Ensemble-in-Residence at Washington National Cathedral

Article published on December 21, 2017 in The Washington Diplomat

Schubert 'Uncorked'

Podcast published on December 15, 2017 in WWFM Classical

PostClassical Ensemble takes up new Cathedral residence with music of protest

Concert review published on December 11, 2017 in The Washington Post

Ángel Gil-Ordóñez y su público norteamericano

Article published on December 07, 2017 in Beckmsser

My thoughts Blog

Reflections on Silvestre Revueltas

Working on Spanish repertoire –the music with which I started my career as a conductor– has helped me to understand the music of all cultures. Consider the internationally popular Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. The fact that Almodóvar is so unusual, so local (not just to Spain, but to Madrid), so true to his own vicinity in rendering feeling and experience – this is what makes him so universal. The more I studied the composers of Spain, the more I was able to appreciate the German or French repertoire – or, in the case of tonight’s concert, the music of Mexico.

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Victoria, Falla and the Spanish tradition

Tomas Luis de Victoria is a product of the Siglo de Oro (“The Golden Century”) when Spain was the dominant European nation, Philip II was the powerful Spanish king – and Victoria was Europe’s greatest composer. He was born in Avila in 1548. He went to Rome as a young man and was befriended by Palestrina – the leading Italian church composer of the time. He succeeded Palestrina at the Roman Seminary in 1571 and was ordained a priest four years later. But he yearned to return to Spain, which he did some time in the 1590s as chaplain to the widowed sister of Philip II, living in a convent. He died in 1611, having in effect retired from the world.

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What they say about Angel Reviews

Invigorating… Gil-Ordóñez led a vital rendition.

Alex Ross The New Yorker

Angel Gil-Ordóñez' insight into Shostakovich's music is astounding.

Solomon Volkov author of Testimony

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