Pablo Heras-Casado was named Principal Conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) today. The four-year appointment is effective immediately and is his first titled appointment with a major international orchestra.

“The spirit of this orchestra is deeply inspiring, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work together on a regular basis,” said Pablo Heras-Casado. “I am excited to explore all the possibilities presented by St. Luke’s beautiful new home, and I look forward to becoming better acquainted with audiences in New York City through my work with this esteemed orchestra.”

Pablo Heras-Casado made his debut with OSL in the summer of 2011 at Caramoor International Music Festival, where the orchestra was founded in 1979. His first performance as OSL’s Principal Conductor will also be at Caramoor in July 2012. He is OSL’s fourth titled conductor, joining company with Roger Norrington (1990-1994), Charles Mackerras (1998-2001) and Donald Runnicles (2001-2007).

Now in its 37th year, OSL is currently experiencing a period of expansion begun by its Co-Founder and President Emeritus Marianne Lockwood, which continues under the leadership of its second President and Executive Director Katy Clark. In March 2011 the orchestra moved into its first permanent home for rehearsal and recording – The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. OSL performs approximately 70 concerts each year, including regular appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Morgan Library & Museum, Brooklyn Museum and its summer home, Caramoor International Music Festival.

“As we look towards a new era of creative growth, we are thrilled to have Pablo Heras-Casado as our Principal Conductor,” said Katy Clark. “Our musicians have a reputation for passionate music making as well as great versatility, and these are qualities they share with this astonishing conductor. Pablo’s fresh, artistic vision will be a great asset as we plan for the future.”

“Pablo Heras-Casado represents the best of a new generation of conductors: he is knowledgeable, omnivorous, collaborative and charismatic,” said OSL Board Chairman Norman Benzaquen. “His involvement will further raise the profile of our wonderful orchestra.”

Heras-Casado will serve as OSL’s Principal Conductor from 2011 through 2015. He will lead OSL each year at Carnegie Hall and Caramoor International Music Festival. He will help to select programs and soloists and work closely with OSL to develop special projects such as tours, recordings and commissions.

 

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