Maestro move: IMG plucks brand from Cami ashes

The New York office of IMG Artists has snatched the Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena from the Cami wreckage, where he was formerly represented by Stefana Atlas.

Mena, previously with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, is presently Principal Conductor of the Cincinnati May Festival.


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  • For sure, the career of this scandalously underrated conductor will take off. Lies Askonas are gripped with anguish.

    • On the evidence of his pretty poor broadcasts with the BBC Phil I would say he is far from underrated. Whenever I heard them under him they had none of the sparkle and clarity and tight ensemble that I heard under Downes, Tortelier, Noseda or Sinaisky (or other guest conductors).

      • You can’t be serious! (© John McEnroe) The Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Concertgebouw are fighting to the death to make him their next music director.

      • The BBC Phil never recovered after the death of Maestro Downes, a genius conductor if there ever was. Since, there’s been a series of very poor *stars*. The BBC Phil under Downes was a very great orchestra. I know, I went to several of their concerts.

  • He’s a genuinely great musician who apparently has a bit of the old school authoritarian streak. For musicianship, he really is that good, and even if things didn’t work out with the BBC Philharmonic, in terms of raw musical ability he has more to spare than a lot of their other recent chief conductors, none of whom are inconsiderable in their musicianship. Anyone who can do Beethoven 7 like this is nearly as good as it gets:

  • Mena is a brilliant conductor. Recommended by de Burgos he was for a period first guest conductor in Bergen Phil in Norway. Always brilliant interpretations. Looking forward to listening to his performances again. He is a hidden diamond. Congratulations IMG!

    El Rey

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