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Pablo Heras-Casado, who was born in 1977, initially studied art history and acting in his native Granada before beginning his training as a conductor in Madrid. Early on he founded his own ensembles, such as the early- music group Cappella Exaudi and the experimental ensemble Sonóora. These are representative of the breadth of his repertoire, which ranges from the Renaissance to contemporary music. In recent years Heras-Casado’s international career has been on a rapid ascent: since 2011 he has served as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic; the Staatskapelle Berlin; the Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras; the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Heras-Casado is also greatly in demand as an opera conductor. He has led new productions of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, and Verdi’s La traviata at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden; at the Metropolitan Opera in New York he has conducted Bizet’s Carmen. In addition he has presided over the world premieres of Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and Mauricio Sotelo’s El Publico at the Teatro Real in Madrid, which has appointed him Principal Guest Conductor starting in the fall of 2016. Heras-Casado’s recording of Schubert’s Third and Fourth Symphonies with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra won the 2014 ECHO Klassik; in the same year Musical America named him Conductor of the Year. His most recent release, from March 2015, is a new recording of the Schumann Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut in the summer of 2007 as a participant in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY’s master class in conducting.