Pablo Heras-Casado

Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied career encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertory, historically informed performance, and cutting-edge contemporary scores. He serves as Principal Conductor of Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, New York, and Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid. Mr. Heras-Casado has developed long-term relationships with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, with whom he made his debut in 2010 and became a Shenson Young Artist in 2013, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Mariinsky Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

In 2016-17 he makes return engagements with the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, Philharmonia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Finnish Radio Symphony, and at Salzburg’s Mozartwoche. He continues his touring and recording partnerships with the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble in Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale, and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, 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.

Mr. Heras-Casado records for Harmonia Mundi, as well as Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv Produktion label. He has received numerous prizes for his recordings, including three ECHO Klassik awards, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, two Diapason d'Or, and a Latin Grammy. Recent releases on Harmonia Mundi include Mendelssohn’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4, and Schumann’s violin, piano, and cello concertos with Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, and Jean-Guihen Queyras. For Archiv, he has recorded a disc of works by members of the Praetorius family, an album celebrating the legendary castrato singer Farinelli, and a DVD of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. He also appears on a Sony release of Verdi’s baritone arias with Plácido Domingo and a new DVD of La Traviata from Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. He directed Decca’s recent recording of Shostakovich’s cello concertos with Alisa Weilerstein and the Bavarian Radio Symphony. 

Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Pablo Heras-Casado holds the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation and the Ambassador Award of the Regional Government of Andalusia. 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. He is an Honorary Citizen of the Province of Granada and serves as an ambassador for the Spanish charity Ayuda en Acción, working to eradicate poverty and injustice internationally.

(October 2016)