Conductor

Pablo González


Music Director, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya


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 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...

Pablo González makes UK operatic debut with Glyndebourne Tour

11 Oct 2013

Conducting Annabel Arden’s production of Donizetti’s feather-like romantic comedy L’Elisir d’Amore, Pablo Gonzalez makes his UK operatic debut this autumn.    The production stars...

Outstanding review of Pablo González recording with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Florian Uhlig

08 Jul 2013

Pablo González leads Deutshe Radio Philharmonie and pianist Florian Uhlig in the latest release from Hännsler Classic SM including...

Pablo González season-end in Barcelona

07 Jun 2013

Last week saw a highly-successful series of concerts in Barcelona, to mark the end of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra’s season in the Auditori.  The programme –...

Pablo González US debut with Dallas Symphony Orchestra

10 Jan 2013

Pablo González makes his debut this week with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

He conducts the jewels of the romantic era including Dvořák Carnival Overture, Tchaikovsky...

Pablo González UK Concerts

03 Dec 2012

Pablo González returns to both the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra during December 2012.   On 5th and 6th December he conducts an all-Russian programme of...

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“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 Stage.com - 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.”

www.bachtrack.com - 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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Spanish conductor Pablo González is a highly articulate and intelligent musician with an intense musicality and an assured technique, resulting in concerts that are full of character and great artistic integrity.  In September 2010 he took up the position of Music Director of Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.   In addition to his commitments in Barcelona, including recordings and international tours as well as a full subscription series, Pablo appears as a guest throughout the world, frequently receiving immediate reinvitations.  

Current projects see reinvitations to orchestras including Warsaw Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Orchestra della Swizzera Italiana, plus debut appearances with orchestras such as Malaysian Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden & Freiburg and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.   Also active in opera, in autumn 2013 Pablo made a highly-successful UK operatic debut conducting L’elisir d’amore for Glyndebourne on Tour.

The 2012/13 season saw his US debut conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as well as returns to orchestras including  the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a return to Japan to conduct the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.   In 2011/12 Pablo González made acclaimed debuts with both the Netherlands Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw and with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan.  Other recent appearances include  Musikkcollegium Winterthur, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and several of the major Spanish orchestras including Orquesta Castilla y León, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada,and Real Filarmonia Galicia.  He enjoys an ongoing relationship with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern with whom he appears regularly, and with whom has recorded two CDs, the first being a disc of works by Schumann for Hänssler Classics and the winner of a  2011 International Classical Music Award. 

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 and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

In addition to L’elisir d’amore for Glyndebourne on Tour 2013, operatic work sees several appearances at Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, including a double bill of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and Montsalvatje’s Una Voce in Off and Madama Butterfly in Oviedo.   Other recent work has included Carmen in San Sebastian, Don Giovanni with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias for Opera de Oviedo, Die Zauberflöte and Strauss’s Daphne and Wagner’s Rienzi (in concert) in Teatro del Liceu Barcelona. 

Soloists with whom González has appeared include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Truls Mørk, Nicola Benedetti, Renaud Capuçon, Viviane Hagner, Viktoria Mullova, Alban Gerhardt, Violetta Urmana,  Christopher Maltman and Florian Uhlig.

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.

September 2014