The young Spanish conductor Pablo Urbina is quickly gaining recognition for his passionate and in depth approach to music. A recent semifinalist at the Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition in Hungary, he has already conducted in Europe, America and Asia. Pablo Urbina has worked with orchestras including the Navarra Symphony Orchestra (Spain), Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra (Spain), Orquestra Classica de Madeira, National Youth Orchestra of Portugal, Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Grand Philharmonic Orchestra London (in a recent tour of India), Farnborough Symphony, ESF Orchestra (Hong Kong) and the Royal College of Music Film Orchestra (which he co-founded). He has also worked with musicians such as Bernard Haitink, John Wilson, Vladimir Jurowski, Midori Goto, Juan Diego Florez, Cecilia Bartoli, Gianluca Marcianò (his mentor) Randy Newman, Martin André and John Williams to name a few, in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Walt Disney Hall and the Vienna Opera House. He is currently the Music director of the London City Orchestra and Associate Conductor at the Suoni dal Golfo festival of Music and Poetry in Lerici, Italy, and maintains a busy diary as guest conductor. Urbina is also very passionate about opera, having worked with Navarra Symphony Orchestra and Baluarte Opera Foundation (Spain), Harmonia Orchestra (in concert with members of the Vienna Philharmonic) and Chamber Opera of Navarra (Spain). With this last one he gave the world premiere in Spanish of Karl Jenkins´ “Eloise”. Urbina has also participated in master classes with renowned conductors such as Colin Metters, Wilson Hermanto and Howard Williams. Last summer Urbina participated in the Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music Conductor´s workshop in California with maestros Cristi Macelaru , Leonard Slatkin and Thomas Sleeper, and conducted Orchestra Excellence at the first edition of the Suoni Da Golfo Festival of Music in Lerici, Italy. Engagements this season include his return with the Navarra Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Portugal, debut with Malaga Symphony Orchestra and return to Suoni dal Golfo music festival as Associate conductor. Pablo Urbina was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 1988, and grew up in Pamplona, where he began playing the French horn at the age of eight with his mentor Julian Cano. After receiving the San Diego Rotary Club Scholarship in 2005 to play associate Principal horn with the San Diego Youth Symphony, he went on to study horn and conducting at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, US) with mentor Kristy Morrell, James Thatcher, Michael Powers and Sharon Lavery, awarded the USC International Scholarship and Thornton Merit Award. Pablo graduated with summa cum laude, USC Order of Troy and Vince DeRosa Outstanding Hornist awards, also winning second prize at the Downey Symphony Concerto Competition in 2010. In 2014 Pablo finished a Master of Music at the Royal College of Music London as a Jane Barker and Michael Quinn Scholar. His teachers at the RCM included Peter Stark, Timothy Jones, John Ryan, Susan Dent, Jeff Bryant, Nigel Black and Simon Rayner. Urbina is very committed to music education and outreach, and has actively worked in projects with organisations including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, RCM Sparks, Wigmore Hall Foundation, Redbridge Music Service and the BBC Proms. He has also conducted research in the field of musician´s injuries and injury prevention and has given several lectures on the topic. In 2012-2013 Pablo served as Students´ Association President at the Royal College of Music, and also currently researches the music of Michael Kamen, helping his Estate to preserve this composer´s musical legacy. In the field of music management, Pablo has actively worked managing private events and benefit concerts, including events with the Consulate of Spain in Los Angeles, University of Southern California and the Thornton School of Music amongst others. As an advocate for charitable causes he has helped organisations including Sue Ryder, Cure Parkinson´s, Mr. Holland´s Opus, Great Ormond Street and The Wellness Community. As performer, he worked with ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra of Navarra (Spain), American Youth Symphony, Harmonia Orchestra (including a recent performance at the Vienna Staatsoper with members of the Vienna Philharmonic), YMF Debut Orchestra, Euskadi Youth Orchestra and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, performing in Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Dorothy Chandler Pavillion of Los Angeles and Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall to name a few. Urbina is also very keen for chamber music. He is a former member of The Cataleya Woodwind Quintet, 2013-2014 Park Lane Artists.
“(...) you need to be with him, work with him, you need to feel his way of feeling music to understand the great human being that he is; amazing conductor, amazing person.”
“Musicality is obviously in his veins; a young conductor to look out for!”