carlos checa

Conductor

Carlos Checa

Carlos Checa is Chief Conductor Artistic director of the Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona (JOSB) and the Festival Internacional de Música Serranía de Cuenca – FIMUC.

Leap onto the international scene in China in 2005, conducting the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. In 2009 he made his debut with excellent reviews conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall in London and, at the personal invitation of maestro Gustavo Dudamel, in May 2014 he made his debut at the International Festival of Young Europeans in Venezuela organised by “El Sistema“. 

He has also conducted major symphony orchestras in countries such as México, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras and Poland, and in Spain he has conducted orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio y Televisión Española, the Real Filarmonía de Galicia, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Málaga, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia, Orquesta Manuel de Falla and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, among others. 

With Universal Music Group, he has conducted since 2016 symphonic tours nationally and internationally with different artists of the label, he has conducted at festivals such as “Viña del Mar” in Santiago de Chile, the Starlite Festival, Festival de Pedralbes, Palau Sant Jordi, Wizink Center, Estadio de la Cartuja, Teatro Real and Gran Teatre del Liceu

Since 2012, it has collaborated in the Cuenca Ciudad de Música season, where it has held outstanding concerts such as the tribute to Teresa Berganza in the Auditorio de Cuenca, the tour of the main auditoriums of the Community of Castilla-La Mancha of the opera “The Little Chimney Sweeper” by Britten, and the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Auditorio de Cuenca, with the production of the opera “The Magic Flute” by Mozart. 

In the field of contemporary music, he has conducted premieres of composers such as Andrés Valero Castells, Albert Carbonell, José Luis López Aranda and Paco Toledo, with whom the EMEC label recently released his Sinfonía “hipodámica”, a work that was recorded under the baton of Carlos Checa with the Manuel de Falla Orchestra. 

Carlos Checa began his musical studies at the age of 6 and his first steps in orchestral conducting were under the guidance of the maestro Francesc Llongueres. In 2001, under the tutelage of maestro Albert Argudo, he obtained a higher degree in orchestral conducting at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Barcelona, his native city, with the highest qualifications. He also specialised in composition, instrumentation and music pedagogy, and studied piano, oboe and violin. 

In 2006 he received a scholarship from the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España. Carlos Checa has furthered his musical training with maestros Kurt Masur, Antoni Ros Marbà and George Phelivanian.

Currently, he is director of the Opera Choir of Malaga, and artistic director of the Youth Baroque Orchestra of Andalusia (JOBA). Salvador has also been assistant conductor of the Academy Orchestra of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, and has conducted the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, the Moldavia National Orchestra, etc. 

Salvador has a large experience in opera. In season 2018/19 he made his debut with Opera de Tenerife, in an acclaimed new production of Spanish opera “El Gato Montés” (The Wild Cat), by Manuel Penella. In 2018 he conducted with great success Verdi’s Rigoletto in the Opera Season at the Teatro Cervantes in Malaga, as well as Rossini’s Stabat Mater. He also conducted the Opera Choir of Malaga in Verdi’s La TraviataAida and Otello at the Teatro Cervantes in Malaga.  

In 2020/21 he has re-invitations from Malaga Philharmonic, Orchestra of Cordoba, Castile and Leon Symphony, Extremadura Symphony, Region of Murcia Symphony, and he will conduct at the Finals of the Jaen International Piano Competition, in addition to his regular activity with the Youth Baroque Orchestra of Andalusia.  

He was assistant conductor of maestros Pablo González, Domingo Hindoyan and Manuel Hernandez-Silva and will be assistant of Anu Tali in 2021. He has also collaborated with outstanding conductors and soloists, such as Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Miguel Romea, Miquel Ortega, Andrés Salado, Pedro Halffter, Rubén Amoretti, Damián del Castillo, Sandra Ferrández, Mariola Cantarero, Marina Pardo, Beatriz Díaz, Luis Cansino, etc.

In 2018 he recorded his debut album for SONY CLASSICAL including Paganini Violin Concerto no.1 and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, with the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and Spanish violinist Jesus Reina.