The orchestra of the Grand Duchy, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL), represents a very dynamic part of the culture of its country. Since its brilliant debut in 1933 under the aegis of Radio Luxembourg (RTL), the orchestra has performed all over Europe. Publicly administered since 1996, the OPL has since 2005 been resident at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, one of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe. The two institutions merged in 2012.
The acoustics of its residence, praised by great orchestras, conductors and soloists from all over the world, its long-standing relationships with other prestigious halls and festivals, as well as its close collaboration with first-rate musical personalities, have contributed to making the OPL an orchestra renowned for the elegance of its sound. Its standing has been confirmed by an impressive list of awards received for CDs released over the last few years: Grammy Award, Grand Prix Charles Cros, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, BBC Music Choice, as well as, on several occasions, Diapason d’Or along with many others.
Following Henri Pensis, Carl Melles, Louis de Froment, Leopold Hager, David Shallon, Bramwell Tovey and Emmanuel Krivine, Gustavo Gimeno has held the position of Music Director of the OPL since the 2015/16 season.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the OPL share a common spirit of openness towards Europe and the world. The orchestra, which comprises 98 musicians, hailing from some 20 different nations (two thirds from Luxembourg and its neighbouring countries, France, Germany and Belgium), is active throughout the Greater Region in numerous concerts and activities. Tours also take the OPL to many music venues in Europe, as well as in Asia and the USA. OPL concerts are regularly broadcast by Luxembourg radio 100,7 and internationally by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
The OPL is subsidised by the Ministry of Culture of the Grand Duchy and receives further support from the City of Luxembourg. Its sponsors are BGL BNP Paribas, Banque de Luxembourg, CACEIS, Mercedes Benz and POST Luxembourg. Since December 2012, a cello made by Matteo Goffriller (1659–1742), known as «Le Luxembourgeois», has been placed at the OPL’s disposal by BGL BNP Paribas.
Text and images courtesy of PENTATONE