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Principal Conductor: Orchestra of St. Luke's

In 2013/14 Heras-Casado debuted with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig – as well as at the Metropolitan Opera (Rigoletto) and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Zauberflöte).  He returned to Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at the New Year’s concerts of Staatskapelle Berlin. 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 guest 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 & 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 Verdi conducted by Heras-Casado – and Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv Produktion, which recently welcomed Heras-Casado as an “Archiv Ambassador,” has released an album celebrating the legendary maestro Farinelli.

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"Pablo Heras-Casado increasingly seems to be one of the most insightful and exciting conductors of the new generation, as this recent recording of Schubert’s Third and Fourth Symphonies makes clear. He draws wonderfully fresh, intelligent and engaging performances from the responsive and skilled players of the Freiburger Barockorchester." (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, November 2013)
"There's a reason why Pablo Heras-Casado's guest appearances with the San Francisco Symphony have emerged as a reliable high point of the orchestra's activities." (San Francisco Chronicle, February 2013)
"Uncork the fizz: this is Schubert as never heard in modern times. The symphonies were crying out for a period makeover, but who could have expected the result – taut, texturally transparent, rhythmically alert – to sound so witty and exciting? No one listening to this recording will ever want to return to traditional symphonic Schubert." (Andrew Clark, Financial Times, August 2013)
"Mr. Heras-Casado is the thinking person’s idea of a hotshot young conductor." (New York Times, February 2013)
"Those are not run-of-the-mill repertoire choices, but surprises are to be expected from this conductor. Even in the current field of hotshot peers, the talent, skill, judgment, and courage that he shows make him very, very interesting." (Musical America, February 2013)
"In recent years the orchestra world has been galvanized by two exciting conductors in their 30s: Gustavo Dudamel and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Before long people may be talking about another conductor in that age bracket: the Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado." (New York Times, February 2013)
"He conducts the newest works at the highest level and in the most important places, and devotes himself to historically-informed performance of Mendelssohn symphonies with the same expertise. The conductor Pablo Heras-Casado – indebted to music itself, not showmanship, yet with a vibrant presence – is a musician of tomorrow." (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, ‘Best of 2012’, December 2012)
"Pablo Heras-Casado, musical director and the man of the evening. He implemented the programme with incredible ease and accuracy, and what sensitivity he shows! There's no doubt the Spaniard with the lively curls will soon be among the best conductors in the world." (Der Tagesspiegel, June 2012)
"This was the kind of debut one dreams of… The young Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado presented himself at the Philharmonie, conducting the Berlin Philharmonic...He was a sensitive yet powerful conductor with extraordinary vision, whom the orchestra followed at first with cautious distance before throwing itself into his arms. The resulting rapport quickly grew into perfection." (Berliner Morgenpost, Oct 2011)




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Pablo Heras-Casado and Charlotte Hellekant in a new production of L'Orfeo by Sasha Waltz
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Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra
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Pablo Heras-Casado debuts with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
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Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut with Mariinsky Theatre
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Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut with Chicago Symphony Orchestra