Pablo González



Hailed as one of the most versatile and passionate conductors of his generation, Pablo González is an inspirational musician to orchestras and audiences throughout the world, “attentive to every silence and every cue for the entire symphony orchestra, weaving and managing this tonal revolution” (Opera World).

Pablo first captured international attention with his victories at the Donatella Flick and Cadaqués International Conducting competitions. Between 2010 – 2015, he was Music Director of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya. He has previously held the positions of Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the City of Granada.

Pablo’s most recent and forthcoming guest conducting highlights include appearances with The Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Dresden Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Helsinki Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony, Residentie Orkest, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Bilbao Symphony and Galicia Symphony orchestras.

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“With his virtuosic baton technique, impulsive sign language, and evident empathy, Gonzalez made a convincing contribution to this music. Russian themes, along with those of dreams, were the headline. Moody expanse was created in the Adagio, with a folk-like horn sound, followed by the darting, graceful Scherzando and a sweeping waltz. Even the final, counterpoint-adorned, rapid dance with its banal closing bars came together, under Gonzalez’s direction, in harmonious unity. A perfect Russian evening.”


“[Pablo González] provided the score [Madama Butterfly] with a symphonic feel that greatly benefited the musical discourse. Ample and varied dynamics, richness in timbre and a deep engagement from the Oviedo Filarmonía were all key elements”

Ramón Avello

El Comercio

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“…González gave the CBSO its head in an account as attentive to detail as to the fantasia-like structure. Not its least attraction was a thoughtful approach to the coda, tender and affecting without a hint of that sentimentality such as Mussorgsky would have abjured.(…) González (conducting without score) audibly enjoyed conducting it in the acoustic of Symphony Hall. (…) the music’s unity and cumulative impact was never in doubt as it took in (inter alia) an irascible ‘Gnomus’, seismic ‘Bydlo’ and plangent ‘Catacombae’ prior to a vaunting ‘Baba Yaga’ then a ‘Great Gate of Kiev’ that built steadily and securely to its resplendent close. Job well done.”

— Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source (February 2017)


“Splendid job, that of Pablo González (Oviedo, 1975) during the first of the two concerts of this season’s 5th programme of the ROSS (Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville). The Asturian conductor succeeded in molding the orchestra according to each composer’s style, offering a compelling performance of the three pieces”.

PABLO J. VAYÓN (Diario de Sevilla)

English translation by Covadonga González Bernardo

“And last, but not least, on the honour roll, the extraordinary work of the Oviedo-born conductor Pablo González (1975). To each his own, and in this concert, and for the whole programme, he gets the highest place on the podium. It’s just fair”.


Translation into English by Covadonga González Bernardo

“González conducted Richard Strauss’s spectacular tone poem [Thus spoke Zarathustra] with an eloquent narrative thrust, elegant phrasing and a solid understanding of the composer’s architecture”

— Javier Pérez Senz, El País (October 2014)

“González instilled greatness into a work [Verdi’s Requiem] that combines, in equal percentages, lyric emotion, expressive sincerity and spirituality void of rapturous mysticism”

— Javier Pérez Senz, El País (April 2013)

“González approached Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra successfully and in a very unique way”

— Manel Cereijo, El Periódico de Catalunya (January 2013)

“Pablo González, receptive, flexible, gave the reins to the soloist [Arcadi Volodos] but he remained attentive and close […] A vigorous reading by Pablo González […] Little by little the work that this tenacious and patient conductor has been doing with this orchestra ever since he arrived is showing. It won’t be long before it shines through in all its glory.”

— Xavier Chavarria, Revista Musical Catalana (October 2012)

“A calm and paused, yet unstoppable career””

— José Luis Pérez de Arteaga, Beckmesser (February 2011)

“He has a clear idea about where he wants to go and he communicates it effectively and through limpid language”

— Xavier Pujol, El País (January 2011)

“The London Symphony Orchestra weekend in Madrid had a protagonist: Pablo González”

— Luis Suñén, Scherzo (July 2010)