Spanish conductor Juan Ortuño is developing an exciting career in the UK where he has worked with orchestras such as the Manchester Camerata, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Sappha Ensemble.
He is Musical Director of the City of Manchester Opera and principal conductor of the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sheffield Symphony Orchestra and Bury Choral Society. He also regularly conducts in productions with Opera Seria.
Juan also enjoys working in projects with companies such as Pint Sized Opera or Classical Revolution, who aim to bring opera and classical music to new audiences in informal locations.
He has worked across Europe with the Kammerphilharmonie Graz, and Orquestra Simfònica del Vallés among others and was finalist in the “Luigi Mancinelli” International Opera Conducting Competition in Orvieto.
Juan started music lessons in Madrid with his parents. Both were performers in the Spanish National Radio and Television Choir. His first ambition was Astrophysics in which he obtained a Bachelors Degree. At the same time, he was studying voice, piano, and violin. He then decided to focus on a career in music and earned degrees in Orchestral and Choral conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid.
He was selected to take part in the young conductors’ project of the Spanish Youth Orchestra (Joven Orquesta Nacional de España) and since then has continued working with them as guest conductor in concert tours.
During this time he has attended several conducting master classes with Benjamin Zander, George Hurst, Martyn Brabbins, and Antoni Ros-Marbà.
After finishing his degrees in Spain, Juan was awarded with a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue further studies in the UK. He is a Masters graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied with Clark Rundell and Mark Shanahan.