Jimmy López Bellido, Composer-in-Residence
The Houston Symphony’s commitment to new music and continually expanding the symphonic repertoire saw the world premiere in 2019–2020 of a Houston Symphony commission from Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López Bellido, in the third and final year of his residency. López’s Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra (December 2019), took its inspiration from a subject near and dear to Houston’s heart: the space program and humankind’s exploration of the stars.
May 15–17, 2020
December 5–8, 2019
June 11, 2019 at White Oak Music Hall
An “undeniably exciting composer” (Opera News) with “a brilliant command of orchestral timbres and textures” (The Dallas Morning News), and “a virtuoso mastery of the modern orchestra” (The New Yorker), Jimmy López Bellido has created works performed by the world’s leading orchestras in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Kennedy Center, Wiener Musikverein, and Konzerthaus Berlin. His works have also been featured at Nordic Music Days; the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore; and the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Grant Park music festivals.
Fiesta!, one of his most famous works, has received more than 90 performances worldwide, making it one of the most performed contemporary orchestral works. Bel Canto, a full-length opera based on Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel, and commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago as part of the Renée Fleming initiative, premiered in December 2015 to wide critical acclaim and was broadcast nationwide on PBS’s Great Performances.
Jimmy was the Houston Symphony’s composer-in-residence through the 2019–20 season. He recently completed Dreamers, an oratorio he wrote in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz for Ana María Martínez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. A new album with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was released in 2019 on MSR Classics. He is published by Filarmonika Music Publishing.