Roberto Forés Veses Takes on Major Position with English Chamber Orchestra

By Afton Wooten

The English Chamber Orchestra announced Roberto Forés Veses as its Principal Guest Conductor.

Forés Veses will assume the post in the 2024-25 season for an initial three years. During his tenure, Forés Veses will focus on the core classical repertoire and British music that have earned the orchestra its reputation over the years, as well as highlight 19th and 20th Century French music. In future seasons he plans to explore Spanish repertoire and aims to set up recordings and foreign tours.

Forés Veses first conducted the English Chamber Orchestra in 2021, and again the following season. “The connection between Roberto and the orchestra was clear from the first moment,” says the company’s General Manager James Rutherford. He adds, “Over the two seasons he has worked with us, he has shown a real mastery across a very wide range of repertoire. We knew of Roberto as one of the best orchestra conductors around today, with a very deep understanding of chamber orchestras, and we are delighted to be continuing our musical journey with him in an official capacity. We are excited to combine the insight we have among the musicians of the orchestra with Roberto’s musical intuition and vision.”

Forés Veses was the long-time Music Director of the Orchestre National d’Auvergne. He was nominated for the ICMA Award two years in a row. His first appearance in the new role will be at Cadogan Hall on June 18, 2023. The program will feature Reynaldo Hahn’s “Mozart Overture,” Mozart’s “Piano Concerto” No. 23, and Bizet’s “Symphony in C” with piano soloist Tom Borrow.