Jesús López Cobos

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Jesús López Cobos in 2015

Jesús López Cobos (25 February 1940 – 2 March 2018) was a Spanish conductor.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

López Cobos was born in Toro, Zamora, Spain. He studied at Complutense University of Madrid and graduated with a degree in philosophy. Later he studied conducting with Franco Ferrara and with Hans Swarowsky at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

From 1981 to 1990 he was general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and from 1984 to 1988 he was music director of the Orquesta Nacional de España. From 1986 to 2001 he served as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and from 1990 to 2000 he was principal conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. From 2003 to 2010 he served as music director of the Teatro Real in Madrid.[3] He was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.[4]


López Cobos died in Berlin, Germany, on 2 March 2018, age 78 of cancer-related causes.



Date Venue Composer Composition Soloist(s) Orchestra
1986–11–07 [5] Madrid Enrique Llácer Soler Percussion Concerto No. 2 Enrique Llácer Soler Spanish National
Madrid Lalo Schifrin Guitar Concerto Ángel Romero Spanish National

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Muere el director de orquesta Jesús López Cobos" by Darío Prieto, El Mundo (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Mantilla, Jesús Ruiz (3 March 2018). "Muere el director de orquesta Jesús López Cobos a los 78 años en Berlín". El País. Retrieved 5 March 2018 – via
  3. ^ Aurora Intxausti, Borja Hermoso (September 9, 2008). "López Cobos, adiós al Teatro Real". El País. Retrieved 11 September 2008. In 2009 [he] conducted the new production of Thaïs at the Metropolitan Opera with Renée Fleming.
  4. ^ Delta Omicron Archived 2010-01-27 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Scherzo, issue 7, September 1986, p.31

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Cultural offices
Preceded by Artistic Director, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Luis Antonio García Navarro (1997–2001)
Music Director of the Teatro Real
Succeeded by