Pablo Ferrández, 2018 FPdGi Arts and Literature Award ex aequo

Ferrández was chosen for knowing how to combine his exceptional talent, his extraordinary capacity to move audiences and his entrepreneurship in leading musical projects.

Pablo Ferrández Castro (Madrid, 1991) began playing the cello at the age of three with his parents. At 13, he joined the prestigious Queen Sofia College of Music as one of the youngest students ever accepted and went on to win the prize for best student for four consecutive years, receiving a full grant to cover his studies. In October 2011, he joined the postgraduate programme at Kronberg Academy (Germany), studying under Frans Helmerson, with the support of Sodalitas Stipendium. He has also studied with renowned musicians such as David Geringas, Philippe Muller, Gary Hoffman, Arto Noras and Ivan Monighetti.

Ferrández recorded his first album (which includes concerts for the cello and orchestra by Dvorak and Schumann) with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Radoslaw Szulc and, shortly afterwards, released a second disc with concerts by Rossini and Menotti, recorded with the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra conducted by Heinrich Schiff. Pablo has played his ‘Lord Aylesford’ Stradivarius (1696) cello at concerts he has performed in locations such as Amsterdam, Tokyo, Paris (Auditorium du Louvre), Florence (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional) and Buenos Aires (Teatre Colón) with orchestras such as the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and with conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov and Ryan McAdams.

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