Pablo Heras-Casado (born 21 November 1977, Granada, Spain) is a Spanish conductor. The son of a retired police officer, he began singing with a school choir at age 7 and piano lessons at age 9. He studied music at the conservatory in Granada. He later attended the Universidad de Granada, concentrating on art history and acting. He studied conducting further at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. His conducting teachers have included 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 2000/01, he was an assistant conductor with the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España. He founded the Barroca de Granada Orchestra in 2002. In 2004, he established an "International Choral Conducting Masterclass" in Valle de Ricote (Murcia). In 2006/07, he was an assistant conductor with the Opéra de Paris. In 2007, Heras-Casado cofounded La Compañía Teatro del Principe, a period instrument ensemble based in Aranjuez, Spain which focuses on neglected operas of the Spanish baroque era. His work in contemporary music has included conducting the world premieres of Marc-Olivier Dupin's ballet Les enfants du paradis for Opéra National de Paris (2008) and of the opera Matsukaze by Toshio Hosokawa (2011).
Outside of Spain, Heras-Casado made his US debut in June 2008 with the Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall, New York. His UK debut followed in August 2008 with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Heras-Casado first conducted the Orchestra of St. Luke's in the summer of 2011. In December 2011, the orchestra announced the appointment of Heras-Casado as its principal conductor, with immediate effect, and with an initial contract through 2015. In May 2014, the orchestra announced the extension of his contract through the 2016/17 season. He made is debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2013 conducting Michael Mayer's production of Rigoletto. In September 2014, he was appointed the next principal guest conductor of the Teatro Real in Madrid, with an initial contract of 3 seasons over the period 2015-2018. In 2016 seasons he debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Heras-Casado's honours have included winning the Lucerne Festival Conductors' Competition in 2007. He received the "Critical Eye" prize of Radio Clásica, part of RTVE, in November 2010. He has conducted commercial recordings for the harmonia mundi, Decca Classics, and Deutsche Grammophon labels.
Awards and honours
- 2007: Winner of the Lucerne Festival Conductor's Competition, Switzerland.
- 2010: 'Critical Eye' award to the best classical music artist by Radio Clásica/RTVE, Spain
- 2011: Medal of Honour by the Rodríguez Acosta Foundation, Spain
- 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'
- 2012: Medal of Honour of the City of Granada, Spain
- 2013: Musical America Conductor of the Year
- 2016: Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Preis for "Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4" album on Harmonia Mundi
- 2016: “Granada tourism Ambassador” Award from the City of Granada
- 2016: “Andalucía Ambassador” Award from the Andalusian Government
- 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 and Bertolt Brecht (DVD): 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
- Robert Schumann : violin concerto, Isabelle Faust, Freiburger Barockorchester, conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado, CD (2015), Harmonia Mundi
- “Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4” with the Freiberger Barockorchester, conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado, CD (2016), Harmonia Mundi
- “Schumann: Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No.1” with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, violinist Isabelle Faust, pianist Alexander Melnikov, and the Freiberger Barockorchester, conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado, CD (2016), Harmonia Mundi
- "Shostakovich Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2" with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado, (2016), Decca Classics
- "Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 and The Tempest" with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado, CD (2016), Harmonia Mundi
- William Robin (2012-08-02). "A Renaissance Man, and Many Eras Besides". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
- Zachary Woolfe (2014). "Conductor of the Year 2014". Musical America. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
- "Pablo Heras-Casado Named Principal Conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke's" (PDF) (Press release). Orchestra of St. Luke's. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
- "Orchestra of St. Luke's Extends Contract for Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado Through 2017" (PDF) (Press release). Orchestra of St. Luke's. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
- "The King of the Strip Evades Revenge – Rigoletto, With Pablo Heras-Casado's Met Debut" by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 12 November 2013
- "Pablo Heras-Casado Principal Guest Conductor At The Teatro Real" (Press release). Teatro Real. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
- "Chronological Biography - Pablo Heras-Casado - Spanish conductor". pabloherascasado.com. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "Pablo Heras-Casado se alza con el premio Ojo Crítico de Música Clásica". Radio y Televisión Española. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- Michael Tumelty (2014-03-09). "CD review: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Heras Casado, Mendelssohn Symphony no 2: Lobgesang". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
- Tim Ashley (2014-07-10). "El Maestro Farinelli review – flamboyant conducting and punchy playing". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2014-07-25.