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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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Wed, March 4, 2020 – 7:30 pm

An Armenian Odyssey: The Color of Pomegranates

The Armenian Festival introduces D.C. audiences to the singular Armenian/Syrian artist Kevork Mourad (winner of Germany’s 2019 Robert Bosch Stiftung prize for animation), who creates animated artwork in real time in response to live music.

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Sat, January 25, 2020 – 8:00 pm

World premiere of Aaron Travers' Yellowwood for orchestra and video

Angel Gil-Ordóñez conducts the world premiere of Aaron Travers’ Yellowwood for orchestra and video, performed by the advanced students of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

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In the press

High Fidelity

Article published on May 07, 2020 in Milenio

PostClassical Charts ‘An Armenian Odyssey’

Concert review published on March 12, 2020 in The Georgetowner

PostClassical Ensemble fetes Armenian music and history at National Cathedral

Concert review published on March 05, 2020 in Washington Classical Review

El concierto de PostClassical Ensemble de Gil-Ordóñez, entre los mejores de 2019 según Washington Classical Review

Concert review published on January 28, 2020 in Beckmesser

Top Ten Performances of 2019

Concert review published on December 23, 2019 in Washington Classical Review

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PostClassical: More than Music

At a moment when America’s performing arts institutions are challenged not merely to continue to function, but to function in new ways, PCE will undertake a series of audio/video webcasts exploring the role of music in society.

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New disc release

Falla: El amor brujo (1915 original version) / El retablo de Maese Pedro

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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