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
Christopher Dingstad +49 (0)89 6797 10431

Biography

Principal Conductor: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Principal Guest Conductor: Teatro Real, Madrid

 

Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied career encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores. In 2016/17 he returns to the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, San Francisco Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is re-invited to the Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Salzburg’s Mozartwoche. He continues his touring and recording partnerships with the Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble in Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale, and Freiburger Barockorchester, focusing on the works of Mendelssohn, including his violin concerto with Isabelle Faust. Opera projects include Le Nozze di Figaro at Staatsoper Berlin, Carmen with Orchestre de Paris at Festival d’Aix en Provence and Der Fliegende Holländer at Teatro Real.

Principal Conductor: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Principal Guest Conductor: Teatro Real, Madrid

 

Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied career encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores. In 2016/17 he returns to the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, San Francisco Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is re-invited to the Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Salzburg’s Mozartwoche. He continues his touring and recording partnerships with the Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble in Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale, and Freiburger Barockorchester, focusing on the works of Mendelssohn, including his violin concerto with Isabelle Faust. Opera projects include Le Nozze di Figaro at Staatsoper Berlin, Carmen with Orchestre de Paris at Festival d’Aix en Provence and Der Fliegende Holländer at Teatro Real.

Recent seasons have also seen him conduct the Metropolitan Opera, Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Royal Concertgebouw and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras, Wiener Symphoniker and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared several times with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble intercontemporain, at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Salzburger Festspiele, as well as at the Lucerne Festival, where he co-directed the Academy under Pierre Boulez. 

Heras-Casado records for harmonia mundi, as well as Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv Produktion.

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Contacts

Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118
Christopher Dingstad +49 (0)89 6797 10431

Reviews

“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)

“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)