"The conductor Pablo Urbina fully convinced (...) a version full of life and energy, taking care at all times of the orchestra's phrasing". Xabier Armendáriz, Diario de Navarra
"Undoubtedly, one of the strongest Spanish talents emerging in the world of classical music". Marina Fernández Cano, Carta España Magazine
"He showed, once again, his sapience and good work, leading the orchestra with confidence and elegance in each one of his works, bringing out the best in each instrumental family" María Pilar Arlanzón, Diario de Burgos
The Basque-Navarrese conductor Pablo Urbina (1988) is, since 2019, the Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Vitae in London. Nominated for the Nestlé & Salzburg Prize for young conductors in 2018 and semi-finalist of the International Maestro Solti Competition in 2017, in August 2021 he finished his time as assistant conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares, where he continues to work regularly as guest conductor. Urbina has conducted other orchestras including the Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Orquesta Clásica de Madeira (Portugal), Filarmónica de Málaga, Sinfónica Provincial de Málaga, National Orchestra of Tunisia and Portuguese National Youth Orchestra, and has assisted maestros such as Leonard Slatkin, Bernard Haitink, Lionel Bringuier, Christian Zacharias, Joshua Weilerstein, Lucas Macías, Jonathan Cohen, John Wilson, Oliver Díaz, Pablo Mielgo and Gianluca Marcianò. He currently maintains a close relationship with the Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Michael Seal, whom he regularly assists. Urbina recently recorded the new soundtrack for the Casa Batlló in Barcelona, with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic and Radio Berlin.
With a great passion for making classical music a social and educational vehicle, he is an Ambassador for The Amber Trust UK to help young people with visual impairment, and has collaborated with many other organisations such as Great Ormond Street Hospital and UK Parkinson ́s Trust. Also with a great passion for the operatic repertoire, he has worked with Ópera de Tenerife, Ópera de Cámara de Navarra and the Fundación Baluarte, including the world premiere of Karl Jenkins' opera, Eloise.
Maestro Urbina was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz and grew up in Pamplona, where he began his musical studies at the age of eight at the Pablo Sarasate Conservatory with his mentors Julián Cano and Koldo Pastor. In 2005 he received a scholarship to study at the Thornton School of Music in the USA, and in 2014 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire in London, also on scholarship, under the tutelage of Peter Stark.
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BROADWAY GALA WITH THE ORQUESTRA SIMFÒNICA ILLES BALEARS 17 September 2021 20:00 Trui Teatre, Palma
CONCERT WITH THE ORQUESTA VITAE 01 October 2021 19:00 St John's Smith Square, London
CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH THE ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA ISLAS BALEARES 22 December 20:00
CONCERT WITH THE ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN 7 January 2022 Auditorio y Palacio de Congresos de Burgos
CONCERT WITH THE BANDA MUNICIPAL DE VITORIA-GASTEIZ 26 January 2022 20:00
CONCERT WITH THE ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA ISLAS BALEARES 5 March 2022 Auditori Alcudia
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