Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, United Kingdom, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain’s most distinguished international conductors.
He has worked with many prestigious orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Montreal and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, the Cleveland and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestre National de France and Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan,
His operatic work includes »The Flying Dutchman«, »Salome«, »Elektra«, »Ariadne auf Naxos«, »Duke Bluebeard’s Castle« and »Erwartung« and productions including »Eugene Onegin« in Genova, »The Marriage of Figaro« in Lausanne and »Billy Budd« in Bilbao.
He has made several recordings with the BBC Philharmonic, including a disc of works by Manuel de Falla, which have gained excellent reviews from the specialist music press. He has also recorded a collection of Basque symphonic music with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra for Naxos, and a critically acclaimed rendering of Olivier Messiaen’s »Turangalîla Symphony« for Hyperion with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Juanjo Mena’s Messiaen interpretation is said to »utterly redefine the terms under which past/current/future Turangalîlas need to be judged«. (Gramophone, October 2012).