The Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández, who was born in 1991 to a family of musicians from Madrid, began his studies at the age of 13 with Natalia Shakhovskaya at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía and completed his training with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. He won prizes early on at the International Paulo Cello Competition (2013) and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition (2015) and was named Young Artist of the Year at the International Classical Music Awards in 2016. He received support from Anne-Sophie Mutter through a scholarship from her foundation, and she has since performed regularly with him. Ferrández has joined Mutter to perform the Brahms Double Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, among others; their account was released on CD in the fall of 2022. Among the orchestras with which Ferrández has collaborated are the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In the summer of 2022, he made his Salzburg Festival debut as the soloist in Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto with the ORF Symphony Orchestra, and this past fall he appeared for the first time with the Filarmonica della Scala under Riccardo Chailly playing the Schumann Concerto. As a chamber musician, Ferrández has performed with the violinists Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, and Anne-Sophie Mutter, as well as the pianists Martha Argerich, Denis Kozhukhin, Nikolai Lugansky, Alice Sara Ott, and Yuja Wang, among others. He has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Pierre Boulez Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, and Carnegie Hall in New York. His debut album Reflections received the Opus Klassik Award in 2021. Pablo Ferrández plays the “Lady Aylesford” (1696) and “Archinto” (1689); both cellos are from the workshop of Antonio Stradivari.
Lucerne Festival debut on 5 September 2019 in a Debut concert performing works by Bruch, Franck, and Shostakovich.