Roberto González-Monjas

Current as of August 2023

Highly sought-after both as a conductor and as a violinist, Roberto González-Monjas has rapidly made an international name for himself. Since the 2019/20 season he is chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Dalasinfoniettan in Sweden, since 2021 he is chief conductor of Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland, and since the 2022/23 season he is principal guest conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra. He is also artistic director of the Iberacademy in Colombia. From the 2023/24 season he will become music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and in September 2024 he will take up the position of chief conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.
His appointment in Winterthur acknowledges his longstanding and fruitful collaboration with Musikkollegium Winterthur as a conductor, chamber musician and soloist. The current season included performances of Haydn’s The Creation, the world premiere of Andrea Tarrodi’s Fragments of Enlightenment and the European premiere of Caroline Shaw’s new Harpsichord Concerto, and collaborations with András Schiff, Joyce DiDonato, Yeol Eum Son and Lisa Batiashvili. Together with the Belgian National Orchestra and Paul Lewis he also undertook an extensive tour of the United Kingdom and Belgium. In summer 2022 he undertook a European tour with Juan Diego Flórez and the Sinfonía por el Perú with performances at the Salzburg, Lucerne and Gstaad Festivals.
Beyond his titled positions Roberto González-Monjas also nurtures a strong relationship with the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra in his home town of Valladolid. He has also worked with orchestras including the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and Camerata Salzburg, and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre national d‘Île-de-France, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre nationale du Capitole de Toulouse.
He began his career as a solo violinist and orchestral leader and he frequently works with singers and instrumentalists including Ian Bostridge, Yuja Wang, Rolando Villazón, Hilary Hahn, Andreas Ottensamer, Alexander Lonquich, Lisa Batiashvili, Fazıl Say, Reinhard Goebel, Thomas Quasthoff, András Schiff and Kit Armstrong.
Passionate and dedicated to education and nurturing new generations of talented musicians, he co-founded Iberacademy (Ibero-American Orchestral Academy) together with conductor Alejandro Posada. Roberto González-Monjas also serves as a violin professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and regularly mentors and conducts the Guildhall School Chamber and Symphony Orchestras at the Barbican Hall in London.
He plays a 1710 Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreae violin kindly loaned to him by five Winterthur families and the Rychenberg Foundation.

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