Dec 28, 2019
For his first engagement of the new year, Pablo Heras-Casado will lead two exciting concerts with young students, concluding the exciting collaboration between the Orquesta Joven de Andalucía (OJA) and the Barenboim-Said Foundation. Celebrating both the 15th anniversary of the Barenboim-Said Foundation and the 25th anniversary of the OJA, both projects are attached to the Ministry of Culture of Andalusia.
From December 26-30, students from both the OJA and the Barenboim-Said Foundation were participating in an intense workshop to prepare the concert repertoire in the Sevillian town of Pilas. Performances take place on January 3 at the Grand Theater of Cordoba, and on January 4 at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, marking Pablo’s debut in the theater. The concert program will include Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and Mahler’s First Symphony “Titan.”
Pablo Heras-Casado has collaborated with both foundations previously about 20 years ago: one of his first orchestral experiences was leading the OJA as assistant director at the hand of Maestro Juan de Udaeta, and he also led the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, linked directly to Maestro Daniel Barenboim and the Foundation. In 2019, Pablo Heras-Casado received the Gold Medal of Andalusia.
Of this opportunity, Pablo said: “Cada año trabajo con orquestas y conjuntos de jóvenes de todo el mundo, en un deseo personal de apoyar y dar espacio al grandísimo talento de las generaciones que, como en el caso de Andalucía, son las más preparadas que hayamos visto nunca. Me enorgullece que esta vez pueda desarrollar en casa este compromiso personal con estas formaciones, que son cantera de las grandes orquestas del mundo”.