Pablo Heras-Casado 2014 Conductor of the Year
Pablo Heras-Casado has been named Musical America's 2014 Conductor of the Year. The Musical America Awards, presented by the country's oldest classical music magazine, recognizes artistic achievement and excellence. Pablo, who makes his Metropolitan Opera debut next week conducting Verdi's Rigoletto, was presented with his Musical America Award at a special ceremony at Lincoln Center in December 2013.
In being named 2014 Conductor of the Year, Mr. Heras-Casado joins fellow Musical America honorees Audra McDonald (Musician of the Year), George Benjamin (Composer of the Year), Jeremy Denk (Musician of the Year), and the International Contemporary Ensemble (Ensemble of the Year).
His recent release of Schubert's Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 with the Freiburger Barockorchester on harmonia mundi was awarded the CHOC Classica and was widely praised for its "Fresh and engaging performances" (WQXR). In March 2014 harmonia mundi will release his recording of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang" with The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
He looks ahead to debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra in the coming months. Next spring the Orchestra of St. Luke's Principal Conductor will lead the ensemble in two concerts devoted to the music of Pierre Boulez and George Benjamin as part of the New York Philharmonic's biennial.
More at Musical America's website
MAR 22, 23 - Miami, FL
New World Symphony
APR 2-5 - New York, NY
New York Philharmonic
MAY 31 & JUN 1 - New York, NY
Orchestra of St. Lukes