Pablo Heras-Casado

Pablo Heras-Casado (born 1977) is a Spanish conductor.

Pablo Heras-Casado
Pablo Heras-Casado at Premios Goya 2017 (cropped).jpg
Born (1977-11-21) November 21, 1977 (age 42)
Alma materUniversidad de Granada Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Granada
OccupationOrchestra conductor
Years active1994-present
Spouse(s)Anne Igartiburu
ChildrenNicolás Heras Igartiburu (2016)

Early lifeEdit

The son of a retired police officer, 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, 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.[2] 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.[3] In May 2014, the orchestra announced the extension of his contract through the 2016/17 season.[4] He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2013 conducting Michael Mayer's production of Rigoletto.[5] In September 2014, he was appointed the next principal guest conductor of the Teatro Real in Madrid, with an initial contract of three seasons over the period 2015-2018.[6] In the 2016 season he debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Melk Barocktage.[7]

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.[8] He has conducted commercial recordings for the harmonia mundi,[9] Decca Classics, and Deutsche Grammophon[10] labels. He will also become the Orchestra of St. Luke’s first Conductor Laureate, a new position created for him, starting in the 2017/18 season.[11]

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. 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. In 2017, Pablo Heras-Casado was appointed as Director of the Granada Festival, presenting his first edition of the festival in summer of 2018 with resounding success, reaching 92.7% occupancy and welcoming more than 45,000 audience members.[12] In 2018 he is bestowed by the French Republic the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres[13] as well as “Embajador Solidario 2019” by Fundación Ayuda en Acción[14].

The concert on June 9, 2019, marked his 1,000th career concert,[15] conducting the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker and soprano Nika Gorič at the Berliner Philharmonie.

Awards and honoursEdit

  • 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
  • 2015 - Presse musicale internationale (PMI): Grand Prix Antoine Livio
  • 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
  • 2017 - Orchestra of St. Luke’s first Conductor Laureate
  • 2017 - Appointed Director of the Granada Festival
  • 2018 - Named "Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres" of the French Republic
  • 2018 - Awarded "Embajador Solidario 2019” by Fundación Ayuda en Acción
  • 2019 - Conducts the 1000th concert of his career with the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker
  • 2019 - Diapason d'Or by the French music magazine Diapason for the recording of "Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Symphony No. 1"


  • 2008 - Weihnachten in Europa. Glor Classics (Sono Music)
  • 2009 - Puerto – Boreas, Fantasía Primera. Trito
  • 2010 - Castel: La Fontana del Placer (Zarzuela in two acts, 1776). Compañía Teatro del Príncipe. World premiere recording. Música Antigua Aranjuez.
  • 2010 - Boccherini: Clementina (Zarzuela in two acts). Compañía Teatro del Príncipe World premiere recording. Música Antigua Aranjuez
  • 2011 - Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (DVD). Teatro Real, Madrid
  • 2011 - Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B minor, "Unfinished" (DVD). Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Les Clefs de l'Orchestre. Jean-François Zygel, Naïve Records
  • 2011 - Rota: Trombone Concerto. Frederic Belli Plays Works By Berio, Rabe, Martin, Delerue & Rota. Hänssler Classic
  • 2013 - Verdi: Baritone Arias. Plácido Domingo. Sony
  • 2013 - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4. Freiburger Barockorchester. harmonia mundi
  • 2014 - El Maestro Farinelli with Concerto Koln. Archiv
  • 2014 - Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang". Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. harmonia mundi
  • 2014 - Bonno: L'isola disabitata. World first recording. Compañia del Principe, Aranjuez. Maa Ediciones
  • 2014 - Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (Blu-ray & DVD). Deutsche Grammophon
  • 2015 - Schumann : Violin Concerto, Isabelle Faust, Freiburger Barockorchester. harmonia mundi
  • 2015 - Praetorius. Balthasar-Neumann-Chor und Ensemble. Archiv
  • 2015 - Schumann: Piano Concerto, Piano Trio No.2 with pianist Alexander Melnikov, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and violinist Isabelle Faust. harmonia mundi
  • 2016 - Schumann: Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No.1 with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, violinist Isabelle Faust, pianist Alexander Melnikov, and the Freiberger Barockorchester. harmonia mundi
  • 2016 - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4.Freiberger Barockorchester. harmonia mundi
  • 2016 - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Decca Classics
  • 2016 - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 and The Tempest with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. harmonia mundi
  • 2016 - Verdi: La Traviata (DVD). C Major Entertainment
  • 2016 - Sotelo: El Público (DVD). Naxos
  • 2017 - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Symphony No.5, Hebrides Overture. With Isabelle Faust. harmonia mundi
  • 2017 - Monteverdi: Selva morale e spirituale. With Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble. harmonia mundi
  • 2017 - Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (DVD). Teatro Real de Madrid. harmonia mundi
  • 2018 - Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Piano Concerto No.3. With pianist Javier Perianes and Münchner Philharmoniker. harmonia mundi
  • 2018 - Debussy: La Mer, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien. With the Philharmonia Orchestra. harmonia mundi
  • 2019 - Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Symphony No. 1. harmonia mundi


  1. ^ William Robin (2012-08-02). "A Renaissance Man, and Many Eras Besides". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  2. ^ Zachary Woolfe (2014). "Conductor of the Year 2014". Musical America. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ "Pablo Heras-Casado Principal Guest Conductor At The Teatro Real" (Press release). Teatro Real. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
  7. ^ "Chronological Biography - Pablo Heras-Casado - Spanish conductor". Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  8. ^ "Pablo Heras-Casado se alza con el premio Ojo Crítico de Música Clásica". Radio y Televisión Española. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  9. ^ Michael Tumelty (2014-03-09). "CD review: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Heras Casado, Mendelssohn Symphony no 2: Lobgesang". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  10. ^ Tim Ashley (2014-07-10). "El Maestro Farinelli review – flamboyant conducting and punchy playing". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  11. ^ "Orchestra of St. Luke's appoints Pablo Heras-Casado as its first Conductor Laureate - Pablo Heras-Casado - Spanish conductor". Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  12. ^ "Granada Festival closes having reached 92% occupancy - Pablo Heras-Casado - Spanish conductor". Retrieved 2018-12-18.
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  14. ^ ""Somos Ayuda" Awards recognize the work of its ambassador Pablo Heras-Casado - Pablo Heras-Casado - Spanish conductor". Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  15. ^ "Pablo Heras-Casado conducts his 1,000th career concert with the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker - Pablo Heras-Casado - Spanish conductor". Retrieved 2019-06-14.

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