ABOUT PABLO HERAS-CASADO
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Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied conducting career—encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically-informed performance, and cutting-edge contemporary scores—and has already developed a special rapport with a number of soloists, orchestras, and opera houses. In December 2011 he was announced Principal Conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, beginning a four-year term which includes conducting concerts on OSL's Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series.
The 2012/2013 season sees Heras-Casado give return performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago and San Francisco symphony orchestras, the Tonhalle-Orchester, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra. He gives debut performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, the Spanish National Orchestra, and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Opera performances include Rigoletto at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Les Vêpres Siciliennes at Oper Frankfurt, and Il Postino at Teatro Real, Madrid.
In the 2013/2014 season, Harmonia Mundi will release Heras-Casado's recording of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang" with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, in addition to a disc featuring Freiburger Barockorchester in Schubert's Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 4. He also makes his debut on Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv Produktion label—which recently welcomed him as an “Archiv Ambassador”—with a recording of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and an album celebrating legendary castrato singer Farinelli.
Heras-Casado is the holder of the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation, of which previous recipients include Manuel de Falla and Andrés Segovia Torres. In February 2012 he was awarded the Golden Medal of Merit by the Council of Granada, his hometown. His 2011 DVD recording of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Teatro Real received the Diapason d'Or.