Credit Sonja Werner

Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied conducting career—encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performance, and cutting-edge contemporary scores. He has served as principal conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke's since 2011.

In the 2013/2014 season, Heras-Casado debuted with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig—as well as at the Metropolitan Opera, conducting Verdi's Rigoletto. Other highlights included return performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Münchner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ensemble intercontemporain. He also toured with Freiburger Barockorchester and conducted several concert and opera performances at the Mariinsky Theatre.

In September 2013, harmonia mundi released Heras-Casado’s debut recording for the label, Schubert’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 with Freiburger Barockorchester, followed by a second album in March 2014, featuring Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2. Both received great critical acclaim. In addition, Sony Classical recently launched a recording featuring Plácido Domingo in baritone arias by Giuseppe Verdi conducted by Heras-Casado. Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv Produktion, which recently welcomed Heras-Casado as an “Archiv Ambassador,” will soon release an album celebrating the legendary singer and maestro Farinelli.

Recognized for his work with contemporary music, Heras-Casado is a laureate of the 2007 Lucerne Festival conductors' forum. In summer 2013, he returned for the third time to co-direct the festival's Academy at the personal invitation of Pierre Boulez.

Heras-Casado is the holder of the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation, and in February 2012 was awarded the Golden Medal of Merit by the Council of Granada, his hometown, of which he is also an Honorary Ambassador. His 2011 DVD recording of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny from Teatro Real received the Diapason d'Or.

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