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The oboist Lucas Macías Navarro, who was born in 1978, comes from the village of Valverde del Camino in Spain. He received his first lessons on his instrument at the age of nine and in 1995 was admitted to the Zurich Conservatory, where Thomas Indermühle was his teacher; he went on to graduate from Heinz Holliger’s oboe class at the Music Academy in Freiburg/Breisgau. In the 2004-05 season, he acquired practical experience at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic and worked with Maurice Bourgue in Geneva. The winner of the Giuseppe Tomassini International Competition in Petritoli and the Tokyo International Oboe Competition, Macías Navarro played principal oboe with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, and Seiji Ozawa during the course of his studies. He was a member of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne from 2005 to 2007 and principal oboist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam from 2007 to 2015. Abbado appointed him to the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA in 2008, and he was also a founding member of the Orchestra Mozart. Macías Navarro, who has taught oboe at the Freiburg Academy of Music since 2012, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with Heinz Holliger, Ton Koopman, Christoph Poppen, Till Fellner, Jacques Zoon, and Nicolas Chumachenco. Since 2014, he has also been active as a conductor: from 2016 to 2018 he gained important experience in this profession as an assistant to Daniel Harding at the Orchestre de Paris. Macías Navarro has since conducted the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne and Geneva Chamber Orchestras, Het Gelders Orkest, the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. He took on his first leadership position in January 2019 as Music Director of the Oviedo Filarmonía.
Lucas Macías Navarro has performed every year here since 2008 as principal oboist of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.