José Luis Domínguez

New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra Artistic Director (2017-2023)

José Luis Domínguez is a prominent talent on international orchestral and operatic stages. His conducting is described as “unrivaled, magnificent and with exemplary gesturing” (El Mercurio), and he frequents prominent stages across the globe. 

He currently serves as artistic director of the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra, music director of the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra and as adjunct conducting faculty/artist-in-residence at Temple University-Boyer College of Music. He is a regular guest conductor with the Opéra Saint-Étienne and New Jersey Symphony and is artistic director of the Musical Encounters International Music Festival in La Serena, Chile. 

The Library of Congress has selected Domínguez’s Gratias Tibi for physically distanced orchestra and choir, a New Jersey Symphony commission, for inclusion in its collection of works created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other recent commissions include the ballet La Casa de Los Espíritus (The House of Spirits); Domínguez conducted its acclaimed 2019 premiere at the Municipal de Santiago-Ópera Nacional de Chile with the Ballet de Santiago and Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago. His Concerto for Oboe premiered in 2020 with Jorge Pinzón and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá in Colombia to critical acclaim. 

Notable conducting engagements include the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Frutillar Musical Weeks at Teatro del Lago, Houston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Staatsoper Orchester de Braunschweig in Germany and Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias in Spain.

Domínguez has collaborated with Renée Fleming, Andrés Diaz, Ray Chen, Sergio Tiempo, Ai Nihira, Verónica Villarroel, Luciana D’Intino, Woo-Yun Kim and Daniel Binelli. He recently released critically acclaimed Naxos recordings of his own, the ballet The Legend of Joaquín Murieta and the music of Enrique Soro with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile.

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