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Guest artists

Pablo González


Hailed as one of the most passionate conductors of his generation, Pablo González is Principal Conductor of the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra (RTVE) and Artistic Adviser to the Orchestra and Choir, appearing regularly at Madrid’s Teatro Monumental. Pablo previously served as Music Director of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya (10/15).
During his tenure with the orchestra, Pablo conducted a vast array of repertoire including full Mahler and Schumann cycles; led a central European tour including a highly successful appearance at Vienna’s Konzerthaus; recorded and released three volumes of orchestral works by Enrique Granados, and Bizet’s Carmen and L’Arlesienne suites (Naxos); and championed many new pieces by Catalan and Spanish composers. While in Barcelona, Pablo’s involvement with opera and choral music was also remarkable, strengthening the relationship with Barcelona’s Teatre Liceu with titles such as Strauss’ Daphne, Wagner’s Rienzi, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Puccini’s Il tabarro, as well as all of Mahler’s orchestral lieder. Pablo also brought the orchestra back to the streets of Barcelona, reappearing at the popular “Festes de la Mercé”, and he led “Et toca a tu”: a mould-breaking social and collaborative project, bringing the musicians of the OBC together with children from neighbourhoods at risk of social exclusion.
Russian and German symphonic repertoire of 19th century features most prominently among Pablo’s core repertoire. He has received widespread acclaim from audiences and critics for his interpretation of music by Mahler, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Schumann and Brahms. Pablo has also delivered passionate interpretations of symphonic works by Nielsen, Dvořák and Berlioz.
Pablo enjoys a flourishing guest conducting career and has established a number of close relationships, including with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, The Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Dresden Philharmonic, The Hallé in Manchester, Warsaw Philharmonic and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Most distinguished recent debut highlights are in Scandinavia with Lahti and Stavanger Symphony; in the United Kingdom with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; in the Netherlands with Residentie Orkest in The Hague; and in Switzerland with Sinfonieorchester Basel among others.
Future highlights include returns to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and The Hague’s Zuiderstrandtheater with the Residentie Orchestra; London debut at Cadogan Hall in a return collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Philharmonie de Paris debut with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France; Hamburg debut with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra; debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg; and return collaboration with Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur.
Recent seasons were also dominated by a strong German presence, including debuts and return visits with some of Germany’s foremost symphony orchestras, taking Pablo to key venues such as Berlin’s Konzerthaus with The Konzerthausorchester Berlin; Cologne’s Philharmonie with Gürzenich-Orchester Köln; Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunk with Frankfurt Radio Symphony; and Kulturpalast with Dresden Philharmonic. For his debut with Dresden Philharmonic, Sächsische Zeitung wrote: “both orchestra and conductor transform Manuel de Falla’s ballet suites into a brilliant and richly contrasting declaration of love to happiness, cheerfulness and fearlessness”. For his return to Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Kölner Stadtanzeiger commented “Pablo González rendered Schumann’s filigrane score with equal precision and expression”, and Opernfreund noted that “Pablo González’s vehement conducting was effectively accurate and succeeded in getting across a wide variety of emotions, bewitching the audience”.
In his native Spain, Pablo is in high demand and enjoys fruitful collaborations with the country’s most prestigious orchestras, including Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Asturias, Castilla y León, and City of Granada Symphony Orchestra. Pablo’s long-standing relationship with Real Filharmonia de Galicia has culminated last year with a tour to Austria, featuring performances at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg and the Festspielhaus in Bregenz.
Pablo frequently collaborates with many distinguished soloists including Maxim Vengerov, Nikolai Lugansky, Javier Perianes, Khatia Buniatishvili, Beatrice Rana, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Sol Gabetta, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Isabelle Faust, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Arcadi Volodos, Viktoria Mullova, Johannes Moser, Truls Mork and Viviane Hagner.
Equally passionate about opera, distinguished opera highlights of the recent seasons include successful Glyndebourne tours of Don Giovanni and L’elisir d’amore; Carmen in San Sebastian and Tosca, Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly in Opera de Oviedo.
Born in Oviedo, Pablo studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and first captured international attention with his victories at the Donatella Flick and Cadaqués International Conducting competitions. Pablo has previously served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the City of Granada and as Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.




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