Juan Pablo Izquierdo
Juan Pablo Izquierdo has an international career conducting the major orchestras in Europe and South America-including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and those in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Leipzig, Madrid, Paris, and Brussels; and the BBC Glasgow, Holland Radio Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has been principal conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra which he reorganized and conducted until 1986. In the Middle East, Izquierdo has conducted the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and was music director of the Testimonium Israel Festival in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv from 1974 until 1985. In 1976 he was awarded the National Music Prize by the Israel Ministry of Culture. He has also conducted at the Holland, Paris, Strasbourg, Berlin, Munich, and Budapest music festivals, and in 1998 received the National Critics Award in his native Santiago for the second time.
While his interpretations of the Viennese masters of the nineteenth century continue a long-standing European tradition and reflect the brilliance of his teacher and mentor, Hermann Scherchen, Izquierdo is also known internationally for his bold interpretations of avant-garde music of the twentieth century. As music director of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, he has presented that orchestra in works by Xenakis (Carnegie Hall, New York), Varèse (Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.), Messiaen (Symphony Hall, Boston), and Scelsi (Carnegie Hall, New York). His recordings with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic appear on the Mode and New Albion labels, and on International Music from Carnegie Mellon, a radio series with international distribution in three languages.
George Crumb: Black Angels and Makrokosmos III (mode 170)
Giacinto Scelsi: Hurqualia; Hymnos; Konx-Om-Pax (mode 95)
Edgard Varèse: Amériques (mode 58)
Iannis Xenakis: Dämmerschein; Persephassa; La Deésse Athéna