Pablo González

Spanish conductor Pablo González is a highly articulate and intelligent musician, combining musical passion with an assured technique to enable performances of the highest calibre and musicality. He is Music Director of Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. In addition to his work in Barcelona current highlights include appearances with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the LSO. Also active in opera, this autumn see Pablo’s UK operatic debut, conducting L’Elisir d’Amore for Glyndebourne on Tour.

Pablo Gonzalez conducts Svizzera Italiana and Valencia Orchestras

24 Nov 2015

Following a highly acclaimed concert with Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in October, Pablo continues his long-standing collaboration with OSI and RSI on 27 November with a live broadcast from...

Pablo González makes his Russian debut and conducts Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

08 Oct 2015

Pablo will make a welcome return conducting Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Ascona on 16 October with soloist Maurice Steger. The programme includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Recorder in C major...

Pablo Gonzalez conducts Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Aalborg Symphony

03 Sep 2015

Following on from a successful collaboration, Pablo will conduct the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie with a popular programme including Haydn’s Cello Concerto with Valentin Radutiu.  Concerts...

Pablo González conducts Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

16 Jul 2015

On 17 and 18 July, Pablo González joins the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for a pair of open-air concerts as...

Pablo González returns to Ópera de Oviedo

13 Nov 2014

Pablo González returns to Ópera de Oviedo this November to conduct Olivia Fuchs’ production of Madama...

Pablo González tours to New Zealand and Australia

17 May 2014

Pablo González is currently on a two week tour to New Zealand and Australia.  He has already conducted the Auckland Symphony Orchestra on 15 May with Behzod Abduraimov performing Beethoven’s...

Pablo González conducts Mahler 8 at OBC’s 70th Anniversary concert

28 Apr 2014

The Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya celebrated its 70th Anniversary with performances of Mahler’s monumental 8th Symphony conducted by music director...

Pablo González debuts with Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra

21 Mar 2014

Maestro González makes his debut in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra performing Strauss’ glorious ‘Ein Heldenleben’.  Joining him on stage is fellow ICA artist Javier...

Pablo González returns to Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

22 Jan 2014

This week Pablo González returns to Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for a series of three concerts entitled ‘A Taste of Spain’ in Poole, Portsmouth and Brighton. González will be conducting De...

Pablo Gonzalez returns to Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

13 Jan 2014

Pablo Gonzalez begins the New Year with a return appearance to the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducting Stravinsky concerto in Re for string orchestra and Dumbarton Oaks...

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“The Spanish conductor structured this characterful youth-symphony [Shostakovich Symphony No. 1] with discipline and great care for detail and got the orchestra to give their absolute best.”

Nordjyske Stiftsidende - Oct 2015

“Pablo González’s conducting was fervid, elegant and well-balanced, with great concentration and passion. He led the orchestra to remarkable results, guaranteeing the lyric-melodic accents, the rhythmic vividness and the brilliance of colours. He dealt with the pieces with taste and expressiveness, with an excellent sense of rhythm and careful dynamics.”

Corriere del Ticino - Oct 2015

“Thursday evening’s symphony concert was one of those events that lift you and make you happy, because everything fell into place to a blissful whole. The programme of two modern Russian symphonies – i.e. from the start of the 20th century – and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in G all circled around the same fundamentally light and clear character. And both the evening’s conductor, Pablo González, and its piano soloist mastered this musical expression to the core and, together and with the orchestra, took to it like ducks to water.       ”

Nordjyske Stiftsidende - Oct 2015

“Guest conductor Pablo Gonzales from Spain, clearly an experienced and conceptually clear-thinking conductor, brought out the melancholic undertones of Brahms' Symphony No. 2, not taking them too lightly, and varied the tempo and expression, resulting in a constant tension throughout the performance. ”

FAZ Rhein Main Zeitung - Sep 2015

“In the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, under the baton of Pablo Gonzales, played on its strengths as interpreters of 19th century works with conviction. There was much opulence of sound, strength of character, expression, and in-depth interpretation with the moulding of thematic material and a tendency towards the monumental. A view much in accordance with the circumstances of the creation of the work, since the composer wrote it on being awarded an honorary degree by the University of Breslau. ”

Rheinpfalz - Sep 2015

“The Academic Festival Overture really did come across as academic. Everything was in the right place, the Burschenlieder and their artfully contrapuntal workmanship were performed effortlessly.”

Saarbrucker Zeitung - Sep 2015

“It is amazing that Delius’s Walk to the Paradise Garden was written purely to cover a scene change in the Covent Garden performance of A Village Romeo and Juliet, since it seems to be such an essential part of the score – and indeed the most popular section of the opera. Delius’s luscious string lines might have been tailor-made for this orchestra, and they rose to the occasion to thrilling effect. This might seem unlikely territory for a Spanish conductor, but Pablo González – by turns volatile, ecstatic and quietly reflective – achieved a magnificent result without over-heating the subtle tensions of the music.”

Seen and Heard International - Dec 2014

“Brahms' Acedemic Festival Overture was a rousing opener.  González drew a full, celebratory sound from the orchestra, creating a real sense of anticipation as we waited for each well-known tune of this valedictory medley. The first few pages of Brahms' Fourth Symphony found González searching out every inflection...”

Weekend Herold (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Town Hall) - May 2014

“Pablo González drew sparkling playing on opening night from the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra…. The music is sunny, the plot frivolous yet gripping and the staging works like a charm.”

What’s On - Oct 2013

“As a remedy for autumn blues, nothing beats L’elisir d’amore... Annabel Arden’s production is played here with just the right blend of laughter and pathos. Though Lez Brotherston’s crumbling, Italianate piazza provides a sunny backdrop, it showcases performances of emotional depth. There are chuckles in the orchestra, of course, yet the excellent, taut conducting of Pablo González ensures that Donizetti’s evergreen score has plenty of soul.”

John Allison, The Telegraph - Oct 2013

“...brilliant conducting by Pablo Gonzalez, whose work in the pit with the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra gives the evening its comic zing and heart.”

Hugh Canning - Sunday Times - Oct 2013

“Mirroring the January ritual of all who indulge in one final dessert-binge before dieting to honor ill-fated New Year’s resolutions, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra got plenty of Romanticism out of their system this weekend before their Mozart Festival, set to last the remainder of this month. They hosted two young guest artists, conductor Pablo González and violinist Nicola Benedetti, for works by Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms. 19th-century enthusiasts will have the memories of a spirited Carnival Overture and Mr González’s epic conception of Brahms’ Symphony no. 1 to hold them over until February; You might not expect a lot of variety among several late-Romantic works written within fifteen years of each other, but this program successfully highlighted unique aspects of all three composers: the jaunty, folk-inspired joie de vivre of Dvořák; Tchaikovsky’s lyrical elegance and naïveté; and those qualities that defined Brahms as symphonic heir to Beethoven, namely motivic manipulation and a clear trajectory in multi-movement works. ………Maestro González, currently Music Director of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, seemed to have the pulse of the DSO in both the Dvořák and the Brahms, realizing highly fluid readings despite, or thanks to, his frequent tempo adjustments. Their Dvořák had all the mischief of the rustic celebration this music loosely depicts. ….. The DSO responded to Mr González’s direction with a robust sound, always just transparent enough for inner voices to cut through the texture while generally leaning toward a more unified, broader tone. Dvořák provides some flashy orchestral writing, but in Saturday’s performance such special effects became more than the sum of their parts, subsumed into a self-effacing, and downright fun, reading. At the opposite end of the spectrum, music as Teutonic and severe as Brahms’ Symphony no. 1 in C minor can be tricky to bring to life, tending as it often does toward squareness. Mr González more than avoided such pitfalls, thrusting his entire being at the orchestra in a powerful interpretation. ... With a freedom of spirit that belied meticulous organization, this tactic worked wonders in the outer movements, and the DSO under this young maestro sounded mature and bold.” - Jan 2013

“The pit was occupied this time by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its music director, Pablo González, who conducted with fine ear for instrumental detail.”

Opera (Die Zauberflöte, Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona) - Sep 2012

“There was a fleet-footed overture – Los escavos felices – by one Juan Crisostomo Arriaga, better known as the "Spanish Mozart"; and for obvious reasons, given the sleek tunefulness and even proportions that Spanish conductor Pablo González addressed with more than a dash of Iberian panache, recognising too the music's pre-Rossinian theatricality.”

The Scotsman - Sep 2011

“…Stravinsky was also a Rimsky-Korsakov student and it is fascinating to hear how his bending of tonality in The Firebird is similar to his teacher’s in May Night. This detail was apparent because González’s Firebird, like his Prokofiev, had wit, cheek and subtlety rather than the pretentious menace we usually hear.”

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - Dec 2010

“Asturian conductor Pablo González, who will be the next musical director of Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona, was making his debut during in this Oviedo season. He is certainly one of the most promising conductors in Spain. His reading of Don Giovanni was full of energy, maintaining dramatic tension at all times, and yet able to be very flexible in the more comic moments of the opera. Don Giovanni is one of the most difficult operas to conduct and Mr González was particularly successful in this task. The orchestra gave a good performance, significantly better than on previous occasions in this theatre.”

Seen And Heard International

“A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE - Passages such as the change of dynamics in the Adagio [Mahler 10] are key to really understanding and appreciating the excellent work of the conductor. Pablo Gonzalez demonstrated that he has what it takes to draw inspirational playing from the OBC. This was one of the many happy moments in a performance that convinced us that our OBC orchestra is in good shape, conducted by a baton capable of ensuring a safe sailing.”

La Vanguardia - Sep 2010

“A GREAT MAESTRO - The major protagonist of the London Symphony Orchestra’s madrilenian weekend was Pablo González... He provided a memorable evening, making it clear that he is somebody to be taken into account – if the OBC doesn’t know how lucky it is, we hope it will know how to keep him.”

Schezo (London Symphony Orchestra - Auditorio Nacional, Madrid) - May 2010

“Pablo González , an already fully accomplished maestro, surprises at every performance with his musical maturity, his ability to create chemistry with the orchestras he conducts and the vitality of his craftsmanship.”

La Razón - Feb 2010

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Pablo González is a highly articulate and intelligent musician with an intense musicality and an assured technique, delivering concerts of great artistic integrity. Pablo is in great demand as guest conductor throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA.  From 2010 to 2015 he was Music Director of Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

Guest conducting appearances in the current season include his Scandinavian debut with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of New Russia, Orquestra Ciudad de Granada, Mannheim Academy, Spanish National Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica de Madrid, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and reinvitations to Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Netherlands Philharmonic and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.  Most recently Pablo conducted the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg.

Acclaimed debuts in the past include Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra.  Other highlights include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra in Madrid, Tonkunstler Orchestra in the Musikwerein, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orquestra Nacional de España, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Whales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Musikcollegium Winterthur, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liége and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.

Also active in opera, Pablo made a highly-successful UK operatic debut conducting L’elisir d’amore for Glyndebourne on Tour which resulted in a reinvitation for another major collaboration in 2016/17.  Other recent work has included Carmen in San Sebastian, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly and a double bill of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and Montsalvatje’s Una Voce in Off for Opera de Oviedo and Die Zauberflöte, Strauss’s Daphne and Wagner’s Rienzi (in concert) at Teatro del Liceu Barcelona. 

Pablo enjoys an ongoing relationship with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern with whom he has recorded two CDs, the first being a disc of works by Schumann for Hänssler Classics - winner of the prestigious International Classical Music Awards.  A third disc with a French flair is to be recorded in late 2015.

Born in 1975 in Oviedo, Pablo studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.  A previous winner of the Donatella Flick Competition, he has held the positions of Associate Conductor with both the London Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the City of Granada.  He was also the winner of the Eighth Cadaqués International Conducting Competition in 2006.                                                                                                       

November 2015