ABOUT PABLO HERAS-CASADO
Credit Fernando Sancho
Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied 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 in New York City since the 2012/2013 season and renewed his position through 2016/2017. In 2014, he was appointed principal guest conductor of Teatro Real in Madrid.
In 2014/2015, Heras-Casado returned to the Münchner Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Mariinsky Theatre and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and is due to reappear with the London Symphony Orchestra and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.He also appeared at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where he is invited annually for both the Dialoge Festival and Mozartwoche. He made his debut with NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and continued his collaboration with Ensemble intercontemporain and Freiburger Barockorchester. He also conducted the annual televised Advent Concert of Staatskapelle Dresden. Opera projects included returns to The Metropolitan Opera (Carmen), Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (La traviata), Teatro Real (world premiere of Mauricio Sotelo’s El Publico), and Dutch National Opera with Sasha Waltz & Guests (Orfeo).
Past highlights include performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw, and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras; Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich; New York Philharmonic; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Boston Symphony and Cleveland orchestras; Philharmonia Orchestra; Mahler Chamber Orchestra; and Deutsche Oper Berlin. He has also appeared at the Salzburger Festspiele and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and is a laureate of the 2007 Lucerne Festival conductors’ forum, where he returned in 2013 to co-direct the festival's Academy at the invitation of Pierre Boulez and will appear this summer.
Mr. Heras-Casado records for Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv Produktion—for which he is an Archiv Ambassador—and harmonia mundi, for which he is recording Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 and The Tempest with Orchestra of St. Luke’s. His newest album, Praetorius, will be released this June, while recent releases include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and No. 4 with Freiburger Barockorchester—which won a 2014 ECHO Klassik award—and an album celebrating the legendary Farinelli. He also recorded an album featuring Plácido Domingo in baritone arias by Giuseppe Verdi. His 2011 DVD of Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny received the Diapason d’Or.
Pablo Heras-Casado is holder of the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation. In February 2012, he was awarded the Golden Medal of Merit by the Council of Granada, his hometown, of which he is also an Honorary Ambassador. In June 2014, he joined Spanish charity Ayuda en Acción, supporting the eradication of poverty and injustice in the world.