Pablo Heras-Casado

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Pablo Heras-Casado (born 21 November 1977, Granada, Spain) is a Spanish conductor.


The son of a retired police officer and a housewife, he began singing with a school choir at age 7 and piano lessons at age 9.[1] He studied music at the conservatory in Granada. He later attended the Universidad de Granada, majoring in art history. He studied conducting at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. Among his conducting teachers were Harry Christophers and Christopher Hogwood.

In the mid-1990s, Heras-Casado participated in the founding of the early music ensemble Capella Exaudi. At the Universidad de Granada, he helped found the ensemble SONÓORA, with a focus on modernist and avant-garde music. In 2000-2001, he was an assistant conductor with the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España. He founded the Barroca de Granada Orchestra in 2002.

In 2004, Pablo Heras-Casado was selected by Daniel Barenboim as one of the three conductors for the East-West Divan Orchestra directors. He founded the Choral Master Classes in Murcia, which he taught along with Harry Christophers, and took over the artistic direction for two years.

Between 2005 and 2006 he conducted many of the major orchestras in Spain, including the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia and the Orchestra of Girona, the latter as principal conductor.

In 2006 he was appointed assistant conductor of both the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Opéra de Paris. He toured Germany with the EuropaChorAkademie that same year.

In 2007 he won the award for best conductor of the Lucerne Festival Competition, for his work with Stockhausen's Gruppen. The jury included Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös. His debuts that year included the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

In 2008 he debuted in the U.S. with the ACJW Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. He also conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. He did the world premiere of Marc-Oliver Dupin's ballet "Les enfants du paradis" at the Opéra National de Paris, and conducted his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux.

In 2009 Pablo Heras-Casado undertook various operatic projects such as Offenbach's "The Périchole" with the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Metastasio's "L'isola disabitata" with the Compañía Teatro Príncipe, the latter recorded for the first time That year he made his debut with the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Vienna, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Novum Zürich and Tonhalle Orchestre Zürich .

Pablo Heras-Casado earned additional recognition in 2010 with "El Ojo Crítico" award granted by the Spanish media group RTVE.[2] That year he conducted "L' elisir d' amore" with the English National Opera, "Rigoletto" with the Welsh National Opera and "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" at the Teatro Real in Madrid. He made his orchestral debut with the Dresden Staatskapelle, San Francisco Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and Residentie Orkest. He was also one of the conductors participating in the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.

In 2011 he was appointed principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, for a period of 4 years.[3] That same year he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among others.

In 2012 he was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Rodríguez Acosta Foundation, an award previously given to people such as Manuel de Falla and Andres Segovia.[4] In February 2012, Pablo Heras-Casado made his debut with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. That year he conducted, among others, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, and the Staatskapelle Berlin. He conducted for the first time at the Salzburg Festival and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the latter with "L' elisir d' amore". He made a European tour with the Freiburger Barockorchester, with concerts in Lisbon, St. Pölten, Freiburg, Stuttgart and Berlin.

In 2013 he debuted with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. He conducted at the Metropolitan Opera House, with Rigoletto. In December he received the award for Best Conductor of the Year by the prestigious magazine Musical America, and conducted Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in the New Year's Eve and New Year's concerts with the Staatskapelle Berlin, being invited by Daniel Barenboim.

In March 2014 a new recording with Harmonia Mundi will be released, in which Pablo conducts Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2, with the Bavarian Radio Symphony

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2007: Winner of the Lucerne Festival Conductor’s Competition, Switzerland.[5]
  • 2010: ‘Critical Eye’ award to the best classical music artist by Radio Clásica/RTVE, Spain.[6]
  • 2010: included in the ‘100 most influential people’ in the Spanish newspaper El País.[7]
  • 2011: Medal of Honour by the Rodríguez Acosta Foundation, Spain [8]
  • 2011: Diapason d’Or by the French music magazine Diapason for the recording of Kurt Weill’s ‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’.[9]
  • 2012: Medal of Honour of the City of Granada, Spain.[10]
  • 2012: Included in Crain’s Magazine New York "40 under 40" list.[11]
  • 2013: Named Conductor of the Year by Musical America.[12]


  • Verdi: Baritone Arias. Plácido Domingo. Sony. Autumn 2013
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang". Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Harmonia Mundi. March 2014
  • Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4. Freiburger Barockorchester. Harmonia Mundi. September 2013
  • Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht (DVD): Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Teatro Real, Madrid. 2011
  • Giuseppe Bonno: L´isola Disabitata. World first recording. Compañia del Principe, Aranjuez. Release date unconfirmed
  • Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (DVD): F. Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B minor, "The Unfinished". Les Clefs de l´Orchestre - Jean François Zygel Naïve. 2011
  • Nino Rota, Trombone Concerto. Frederic Belli Plays Works By Berio, Rabe, Martin, Delerue & Rota. Hänssler Classic. 2011
  • José Castel. La Fontana del Placer (Zarzuela in two acts, 1776). Compañía Teatro del Príncipe. World premiere recording. Música Antigua Aranjuez. 2010
  • Luigi Boccherini. Clementina (Zarzuela in Two Acts). Compañía Teatro del Príncipe World premiere recording. Música Antigua Aranjuez. 2010


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Cultural offices
Preceded by
(no predecessor)
Director, La Compañía Teatro del Principe
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Donald Runnicles
Principal Conductor, Orchestra of St. Luke's
Succeeded by