Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, United Kingdom, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain’s most distinguished international conductors.
He has been Artistic Director of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Chief Guest Conductor of the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has worked with many prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Turin, Münchner Rundfunk Orchester, Dresden Philharmonic, Goteborg Symphoniker, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra as well as regular appearances with all the major Spanish orchestras.
Since his American debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2004 he has conducted most of the leading orchestras in the United States, including Chicago, Boston, Houston, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
His operatic work includes The Flying Dutchman, Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung and productions including Eugene Onegin in Genoa, The Marriage of Figaro in Lausanne and Billy Budd in Bilbao.