ICMA 2016 “Young Artist of the Year”, and prizewinner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and at the V Paulo International Cello Competition, Pablo Ferrández announces himself as a musician of stature. His emotional intensity and personality on stage have wowed audiences around the globe.
Praised by his authenticity and hailed by the critics as “one of the top cellists” (Rémy Louis, Diapason Magazine), the 26-year-old Pablo Ferrández continues building a brilliant career through collaborations with international renowned artists and world leading orchestras.
Ferrández’s 16/17 season included his debut at the Berliner Philharmonie with DSO Berlin / L. Viotti, the performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto alongside Anne-Sophie Mutter with London Philharmonic / V. Jurowski, returns to Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Z. Mehta and St. Petersburg Philharmonic / Y. Temirkanov, a European tour with Kremerata Baltica, debuts with HR-Sinfonieorchester / C. Eschenbach, BBC Philharmonic / J. Mena, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI / A. Boreyko, Spanish National Symphony / C. Eschenbach, Barcelona Symphony / H. Haenchen, Taipei Symphony Orchestra / R. Trevino, Queensland Symphony Orchestra / R. Trevino, and appearances at the Mariinsky Theater, Verbier Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival and Trans-Siberian Arts Festival.
Highlights of the current season include debuts with Bamberg Symphony / C. Eschenbach, Oxford Philharmonic alongside Anne-Sophie Mutter under M. Papadopoulos, Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra / A. Marcon, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin / T. Sondegard, Israel Philharmonic / V. Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic / A. Chahuan, Würth Philharmonic / R. Trevino, Louisiana Philharmonic / C. M. Prieto, West Australian Symphony Orchestra / J. Weilerstein, KBS Symphony / Y. Levi, returns to Munich Symphony / K.D. Masur, RTVE Symphony Orchestra / Gómez-Martínez, and appearances at Zurich Tonhalle, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Dresden Festival, Rostropovich Festival, Trans-Siberian Arts Festival, Grant Park Music Festival and Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.
An avid chamber musician, Pablo is frequently invited to international festivals such as Verbier, Intonations Festival, La Folle Journée, Casals, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Piatigorsky, Kronberg, Santander, and the Rheingau Music Festival, where Ferrández received the Music Festival Award 2015.
A captivating performer with a compelling technique, he is described as “an inspirational and expressive soloist who always places his skills at the service of the composer.” “Personal vanity is alien to Ferrández” (Rheingau Festival Award Jury).
Pablo Ferrández recorded his first CD, featuring Dvorak and Schumann cello concertos, with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Radoslaw Szulc, which was received with great acclaim: “Pablo Ferrández is a fine performer, with a warm tone and an impulsive, if refined, lyricism that makes him a natural interpreter for Schumann’s concerto, with its melancholic elegance and flashes of mercurial wit.” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian), “It is in Dvorak that Ferrández announces himself as a cellist of stature” “(he) manages to play with huge emotion while still keeping his interpretation light and free from overindulgence” (Janet Banks, The Strad).
Ferrández is proud of his long-standing artistic friendship with Gidon Kremer, one of his major supporters. Pablo’s second recording featured Italian works by Rossini and Menotti with the Kremerata Baltica, conducted by Heinrich Schiff.
Born in Madrid in 1991, in a family of musicians, Pablo Ferrández joined the prestigious Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía when he was 13 to study with Natalia Shakhovskaya. After that he completed his studies at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson.
Mr. Ferrández plays the Stradivarius “Lord Aylesford” (1696) thanks to the Nippon Music Foundation.