“He is the top young cellist. He has everything: splendid technique, profound musicality and an overwhelming charisma!”
— Maestro Christoph Eschenbach
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 24-year-old Pablo Ferrández continues building a brilliant career through collaborations with international renowned artists and world leading orchestras.
He has appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Spanish National Orchestra, RTVE Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and collaborated with such artists as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Heinrich Schiff, Dennis Russel Davies, John Storgårds, Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis and Anne-Sophie Mutter.
An avid chamber musician, Pablo is frequently invited to international festivals such as Verbier, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, La Folle Journée, Casals, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Spivakov, Piatigorsky, Kronberg, Santander, and the Rheingau Music Festival, where recently Mr. Ferrández was awarded with 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.
Upcoming engagements include the collaboration with Zubin Mehta playing Rococo Variations, his debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, his appearance at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center playing Saint-Saëns’ cello concerto, his debut with the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena, and the performance of Don Quixote at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico. He will also appear in recital at the Louvre Museum in Paris and at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid. Pablo is also looking forward to his debut at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season include Pablo’s debut at the Berliner Philharmonie with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, his collaboration with Christoph Eschenbach playing Schumann’s cello concerto, his appearance with the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, and the performance of Brahms’ double concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the London Philharmonic, under Vladimir Jurowski.
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.