Pablo Heras-Casado

Pablo Heras-Casado is Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Real in Madrid, and he enjoys a long-term collaboration with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. This season he becomes the first-ever Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s in New York, having previously been its principal conductor from 2011 to 2017. He was appointed Director of the Granada Festival beginning in 2018.

The 2017-18 season sees Mr. Heras-Casado return to the Staatskapelle Berlin for his debut at the Boulezsaal, in addition to giving performances with the London Philharmonic, Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic. He also makes debuts with the Dallas Symphony and Verbier Festival Orchestra, and conducts the Spanish premiere of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Teatro Real. In recent seasons, Mr. Heras-Casado has appeared in North America with the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, Boston and Chicago symphonies, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Metropolitan Opera, among others. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2010 and became a Shenson Young Artist in 2013.

Mr. Heras-Casado is the recipient three ECHO Klassik awards, a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, two Diapason d'Or, and a Latin Grammy. He recorded an album dedicated to the legendary castrato singer Farinelli and a DVD of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore for Deutsche Grammophon. He led the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana on a release of Verdi’s baritone arias with Plácido Domingo and a DVD of Verdi’s La Traviata from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, both on the Sony Classical label. For Decca, he conducted Shostakovich’s cello concertos with Alisa Weilerstein and the Bavarian Radio Symphony. Other recent releases include symphonies and concertos of Mendelssohn and Schumann with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony and The Tempest with the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, all on the Harmonia Mundi label. Other recording projects for Harmonia Mundi include Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale with the Balthasar-Neumann Choir and Ensemble.

Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Mr. Heras-Casado holds the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation and the Ambassador Award of the Regional Government of Andalusia. He is an Honorary Ambassador and recipient of the Golden Medal of Merit by the Council of Granada, as well as an Honorary Citizen of the Province of Granada, his hometown. A Global Ambassador for the Spanish charity Ayuda en Acción, Mr. Heras-Casado supports and promotes the charity’s work internationally to eradicate poverty and injustice in the world.

(February 2018)