Jesús Castro-Balbihas, Cello

Jesús Castro-Balbihas, Cello

Over the last 20 years cellist Jesús Castro-Balbihas developed a career of artistic and educational leadership nationally and internationally. Hisartistic activities include critically acclaimed performances and broadcasts in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia, collaborating in chamber music with distinguished artists and as a soloist with such fine ensembles as the Aarhus (Denmark), Dallas, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras; the China, Louisiana and Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestras; the Leipzig Radio Orchestra; and the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru. He has been featured at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, over a dozen times at Carnegie Hall, at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.A champion of music of our time, he has taken the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto to New Orleans; performed William Bolcom’sCapriccioat theCliburn at the Modernseries in Fort Worth, Texas; presented the American premiere of Lera Auerbach’sPostscriptumin New York with Clavier Trio; and recorded the complete music for cello and piano by Robert Rodriguez with Gloria Lin. To date, he has presented 51 premiere performances of music for cello, the world premiere recording of 17 works, and is the grateful dedicatee of 19 compositions. Notable among these is the 2015 recording of the cello concerto Lord of the Airby Jimmy López for Harmonia Mundi with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.A renowned educator, he gives master-classes and lectures at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, Paris Conservatoire, Leipzig and Stuttgart Hochschule, for the Japan Cello Society, at The Juilliard School, and at the Yale School of Music. Additionally, he adjudicates at national and international competitions such as the Lynn Harrell Competition (Dallas), the Sphinx Competition (Michigan), and theAiqin Bei(China), Lutoslawski (Poland) and Carlos Prieto (Mexico) international cello competitions.Since joining the Texas Christian University faculty in 2003, he has developed an internationally sought-after cello program serving undergraduate, graduate, and artist diploma students. He is also the artistic director of the TCU Cellofest, which draws pre-eminent artists-teachers to Fort Worth, Texas.Driven to further his understanding of American higher education, he completed the Management DevelopmentProgram at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also spent one year with the senior leadership at the University of Miami and at campuses across the nation, exploring academic leadership, innovation, and societal impact as a Fellow of the AmericanCouncil on Education.Of Peruvian heritage and raised in France, Dr. Castro-Balbi graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur at Lyon, Indiana University Bloomington, and the Yale School of Music, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from TheJuilliard School. He had the privilege to learn from Iseut Chuat, Marc Coppey, Jean Deplace, Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, and members of the Amadeus, Borodine, Juilliard, Ravel and Tokyo String Quartets.

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