"The concert ended brilliantly with a very convincing version of "La Valse" by Ravel’ prodigious score. The work of López-Ferrer was highlighted, with absolute mastery of the complicated rubati that are part of this sarcastic and brilliant anti-tribute to the charms of a Viennese waltz.”
"López-Ferrer’s view of this enchanting piece was atmospheric and cinematic. The orchestra was wonderfully transparent and perfectly balanced throughout each movement."
Spanish-American conductor François López-Ferrer, who currently serves as Resident Conductor of the Académie of the Opéra de Paris, makes much-anticipated 23/24 debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, George Enescu Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Tucson Symphony, and returns to the Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española, Pasadena Symphony, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile.
Recent debuts included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de España, Ensemble intercontemporain, Opéra de Lausanne, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, and Pasadena Symphony. López-Ferrer was featured in the 2022 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
2021-22 Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and former Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati SymphonyOrchestra (CSO), López-Ferrer stepped in for Louis Langrée with the CSO inJanuary of 2022 for subscription concerts featuring the US premiere of MarkSimpson’s Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti to great critical acclaim.
An inaugural apprentice of the Verbier Festival’s 2018 Conductor Mentorship Program, López-Ferrer made a last-minute, critically acclaimed debut with the Verbier Festival Orchestra jumping in for Iván Fischer in a shared program with Sir Simon Rattle and Gábor Takács-Nagy. He is a two-time recipient of a Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S., winner of the inaugural 2015 Neeme Järvi Prize awarded at the Menuhin-Gstaad Festival, and a previous member of the Deutsche Dirigentenforum.
López-Ferrer previously served as Associate Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile and Principal Conductor of the Ballet Nacional Chileno. He holds a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne and a bachelor’s in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.