Pedro Halffter, Spain
Pedro Halffter Caro, born in Madrid in 1971, is Artistic Director of Seville's Teatro de la Maestranza, and Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of both The Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria.
Between 2001 and 2004 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, as well as holding the position of Principal Conductor of the Bayreuth Festival Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2002 and 2003.
He has conducted some of the world's leading ensembles, including Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, New Japan Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (OSM), as well as most of the orchestras in Spain, at such major international venues as the Vienna Musikverein, the Konzerthaus Berlin, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Madrid's Teatro Real, Tokyo's Opera City Concert Hall and the Shanghai Concert Hall.
Halffter studied at the prestigious «Schule Schloss Salem» in Germany and attended conducting classes with such eminent teachers as Karl Oesterreicher, Bruno Weil, Ilya Musin and Ferdinand Leitner, continuing his studies at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik (conducting) and in New York (composition).
Recent achievements include highly successful tour on Japan and China with the Orchestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and in 2009 tour on Germany, Austria and Switzerland with The Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, with whom he also took part in the cultural events organised in conjunction with the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Considered one of the best conductors of the symphonic repertoire of his generation, he has also established a successful career in the opera house, conducting more than thirty works, including, in recent years, «La fanciulla del West», «Tristan and Isolde», «Carmen» and «Norma» with the Dresden Philharmonic, and the Spanish premieres of F. Schreker's «Der Ferne Klang», A. Zemlinsky's «Der Zwerg» and «Eine florentinische Tragodie», F. Busoni's «Doktor Faust» and R. Strauss's «Die schweigsame Frau» at the Teatro de la Maestranza, and E. Krenek's «Orpheus und Euridyke» at the Teatro Real.
He has also recently conducted «Tannhauser» in a new production by Katharina Wagner and made his debut at the Staatsoper in Berlin with R. Strauss's «Salome».
Future opera projects include both Busoni's and Puccini's «Turandot» in Seville, and «Der Ferne Klang» and «Salome» at the Berlin Staatsoper.
Pedro Halffter has composed more than twenty works. These have been premiered by, among others, the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerakademie, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and Le Ensemble Intercontemporain in Spain, USA and Germany.
Particularly noteworthy among his recordings are that of Cristóbal Halffter's «Don Quijote» for Glossa, albums devoted to Falla and Korngold for Warner Music, and to Schoenberg, Schreker and Michael Daugherty for Warner Classics & Jazz (Orchestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal).