Angel Gil-Ordóñez


Professor of the Practice


Department of Performing Arts
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A frequent guest conductor across Europe, the United States and Latin America, Maestro Gil-Ordóñez holds the positions of Music Director/Conductor of PostClassical Ensemble in Washington DC, Principal Guest Conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble, and Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra in DC. He also serves as advisor for education and programming for Trinitate Philharmonia, a program in León, Mexico, modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema.

As the co-founder, along with music historian Joseph Horowitz, of PostClassical Ensemble in Washington DC, Gil-Ordóñez’ music directorship and conducting has helped propel Post Classical Ensemble to what Phillip Kennicott, The Washington Post (2/16/15), has called “…one of the country’s most innovative music groups.”

In the United States, he has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Opera Colorado, the Pacific Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington. Abroad, he has been heard with the Munich Philharmonic, the Solistes de Berne, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and at the Bellas Artes National Theatre in Mexico City. In the summer of 2000, he toured the major music festivals of Spain with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra in the Spanish premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.

The former Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Gil-Ordóñez was born in Madrid (Spain) and became an American citizen in 2009. He worked closely with legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache in Germany for more than six years, and also studied with Pierre Boulez and Iannis Xenakis in France.

An artist of the label Naxos, Gil-Ordóñez has recorded five CDs devoted to Spanish composers, in addition to PostClassical Ensemble’s Virgil Thomson and Copland CD/DVDs. In May 2016, Naxos released the classic 1935 Mexican film, Redes, a world premiere recording of the soundtrack of the full score by Revueltas. The LA Times picked it as their recording of the week.

In 2006, the King of Spain awarded Mr. Gil-Ordóñez the country’s highest civilian decoration, the Royal Order of Queen Isabella, for his work in advancing Spanish culture around the world, in particular for performing and teaching Spanish music in its cultural context. Mr. Gil-Ordóñez received a WAMMIE award in 2011 from the Washington DC association of professional musicians in the category of best conductor.