Pablo Heras-Casado
Conductor

“A luminous and urgent performance, deftly balancing the shifts from moody ruminations to bouts of exuberance.... Heras-Casado is the thinking person’s idea of a hotshot young conductor.” (The New York Times)

Contacts

Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118
Teodora Masi +44 (0)20 3725 9189
Márcio Bugalho Domingues +44 (0)20 3725 9186

Biography

Principal Conductor: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Principal Guest Conductor: Teatro Real, Madrid
Director: Granada Festival (from 2017/18)

 

Described by The Telegraph as a conductor of “glowing reputation,” Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied and broad-ranging career, encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performances, and contemporary scores. 

Mr. Heras-Casado has been appointed as the Director of the Granada Festival beginning in 2018, and is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Real in Madrid. He also enjoys a long-term collaboration with Freiburger Barockorchester that includes extensive touring and recording projects. Marking another important milestone in his career, this season Heras-Casado becomes the first ever Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York, having previously been its Principal Conductor from 2011 to 2017. 

Principal Conductor: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Principal Guest Conductor: Teatro Real, Madrid
Director: Granada Festival (from 2017/18)

 

Described by The Telegraph as a conductor of “glowing reputation,” Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied and broad-ranging career, encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performances, and contemporary scores. 

Mr. Heras-Casado has been appointed as the Director of the Granada Festival beginning in 2018, and is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Real in Madrid. He also enjoys a long-term collaboration with Freiburger Barockorchester that includes extensive touring and recording projects. Marking another important milestone in his career, this season Heras-Casado becomes the first ever Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York, having previously been its Principal Conductor from 2011 to 2017. 

In 2017/18, Heras-Casado returns to the Staatskapelle Berlin for his debut at the Boulezsaal, in addition to performances with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, San Francisco Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, and the Münchener Philharmoniker, amongst others. He debuts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Verbier Festival Orchestra, and in the opera arena, he conducts the Spanish premiere of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Teatro Real. 

He returned last season to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, with Orchestre de Paris, for a series of performances of Bizet’s Carmen (Dmitri Tcherniakov), and made his debuts at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the BBC Proms with Freiburger Barockorchester and Isabelle Faust. 

With an extensive discography, Heras-Casado is the recipient of numerous prizes, including three ECHO Klassik awards, a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, two Diapason d'Or and a Latin Grammy. 

Highly committed to the Spanish charity Ayuda en Acción as a Global Ambassador, Heras-Casado supports and promotes the charity’s work internationally to eradicate poverty and injustice in the world.

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Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118
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Márcio Bugalho Domingues +44 (0)20 3725 9186

Reviews

“Freiburg’s all-Mendelssohn programme had the translucency and energy of a Turner watercolour. Heras-Casado’s spacious reading of The Hebrides was sensitive to the stillness in Mendelssohn’s writing (…)” ***** (The Times, September 2017) 

“Pablo Heras-Casado (…) led the ensemble with a consistently sophisticated vision.” (Bachtrack, September 2017)

“With the gentlest of rhythmic swells in the violins, (…) a subtly revisionist account formed in the quietly authoritative hands of Pablo Heras-Casado. (…) Conductor and orchestra have recorded the symphonies together – the CD of this programme is newly available on Harmonia Mundi – and their account of the “Reformation” was no less illuminated than the Concerto by mutual trust and understanding.” (The Arts Desk, September 2017)

“Pablo Heras-Casado whips the Orchestra de Paris (…) into a frenzy; his attention to detail, and the thrilling level of excellence, mirror what we see on the stage.” ***** (The Financial Times, July 2017)

“Freiburg’s all-Mendelssohn programme had the translucency and energy of a Turner watercolour. Heras-Casado’s spacious reading of The Hebrides was sensitive to the stillness in Mendelssohn’s writing (…)” ***** (The Times, September 2017) 

“Pablo Heras-Casado (…) led the ensemble with a consistently sophisticated vision.” (Bachtrack, September 2017)

“With the gentlest of rhythmic swells in the violins, (…) a subtly revisionist account formed in the quietly authoritative hands of Pablo Heras-Casado. (…) Conductor and orchestra have recorded the symphonies together – the CD of this programme is newly available on Harmonia Mundi – and their account of the “Reformation” was no less illuminated than the Concerto by mutual trust and understanding.” (The Arts Desk, September 2017)

“Pablo Heras-Casado whips the Orchestra de Paris (…) into a frenzy; his attention to detail, and the thrilling level of excellence, mirror what we see on the stage.” ***** (The Financial Times, July 2017)

“Pablo Heras-Casado chose a delicate gesture to imprint a new breath on this music, displaying a strong knowledge of the style and spirit of Monteverdi's music.” (Bachtrack, February 2017)

“The rest of the program was just the latest reminder of what a vivid and resourceful conductor Heras-Casado is. (…) the first major American orchestra to snap him up as music director will have hit the jackpot. ... This was exactly the kind of performance that makes a conductor sound like a wizard.” (San Francisco Chronicle, October 2016)

“One of the most versatile conductors of his generation … Heras-Casado sustained the narrative through slow, quiet sections that otherwise would have had dancers to help carry them. Seamlessly navigating the work's many transitions, the conductor's conjuring of orchestral mood and color was so pictorially communicative, one could almost see Prince Ivan encountering the enchanting Firebird for the first time.” (LA Times, October 2016)

“In his Caramoor debut, maestro Pablo Heras-Casado led a vigorous, forward-moving performance that coaxed taut, nuanced playing from the ever-splendid Orchestra of St. Luke’s and committed singing from the principals and chorus.” (Huffington Post, August 2016)

“Heras-Casado is a vigorous, expressive podium artist, and his command of rhythm and dynamics was apparent throughout the evening's lineup of works by Beethoven, Biber, Haydn and Rameau. Wednesday's performance in Davies Symphony Hall found the conductor in top form, with especially persuasive results in the second half's superb reading of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D major.” (The Mercury News, April 2016)

“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)