Cristóbal Soler

Biography

Artistic Director of the Religious Music Week of Cuenca, SMR Cuenca

Artistic and Musical Director of Cullerarts Festival and Contest

Music Director and Chief Conductor of La Zarzuela National Lyric Theatre, 2010-15

Principal Guest Conductor and Associated Director of The Navarre Symphony Orchestra (2013-16)

Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Valencia 1995-2010

Musical Artistic Director of the Federation of Comunitat Valenciana Musical Societies

Chairman of AESDO (Spanish Association of Conductors)

Considered one of the most important conductors of his generation, Cristóbal Soler has established a successful career conducting extensive symphonic repertoire and opera productions. He has always received excellent reviews that emphasize his charisma and interpretation as well as accurate and consolidated conducting technique. This is the result of a solid and rigorous training in Vienna during a decade, from the hand of great directors like Harnoncourt, Sawallisch, Prêtre, Vladimir Fedoseyev or Mariss Jansons.

He has received many accolades for Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosí fan tutte, La Traviata, Rigoletto, L’elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale, La Sonambula, Carmen, Lalo´s Le Roi d’Ýs, Gounod´s Mireille, La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, Werther, Aida.

His catalog of zarzuelas as well as the symphonic repertoire of his country reveals Soler as one of today’s best ambassadors of Spanish Music. Some Spanish Lyrical titles have received mentions and awards: Los diamantes de la corona (International Opera Awards 2015 nominee), El Gato Montés (Teatro Campoamor Lyrical Award for best lyrical production) and the premiere of Galanteos en Venecia (Max Awards 2016 nominee).

Maestro Soler pays special attention to the forgotten lyrical heritage by recovering world premieres in modern times such as Le Revenant and Le Diable à Seville by M. Gomis; Il Burbero di Buon Cuore by V. Martin y Soler; Falla´s Los amores de la Inés or Giner´s L´Indovina.

Similarly, educational projects are part of his aims (Spanish premiere of Pinocchio, opera by P. Valtinoni). Soler is very concerned about the creation of new public and ongoing support to new generations of musicians.

Cristobal Soler is the Artistic Director of the Religious Music Week of Cuenca (awarded with the “City of Cuenca Prize”); Artistic and Musical Director Cullerarts (Cullera, Valencia) and Chairman and Founder Member of AESDO, the Spanish Association of Conductors.

Cristóbal Soler was born in Alcásser, Valencia. He started his studies in orchestral conducting under his mentor, Maestro José Maria Cervera Collado. He also appeared in numerous productions as the assistant conductor at important venues such as the Gran Teatre Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Lírico Nacional de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Staatstheater Karlsruhe or the National Opera of Romania, where he held the position of assistant conductor during one season. After completing his Degree of Composition and Orchestral Conducting, he continued his graduate studies as conductor at the University in Munich, where he obtained high honors. He was the youngest artist ever to conduct a subscription concert with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra and still maintains a fruitful collaboration as guest conductor since then.

Soler was the founder and artistic director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Valencia (1995-2010), winning the First Prize at the International Youth Music Festival and Competition in Vienna in 1998. He still serves as an Orchestra Direction graduate professor.

Reiner Bischof, General Secretary of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, invited him to become his assistant, working closely with great conductors such as Wofgang Sawallisch, George Prêtre, Vladimir Fedoseyev or Mariss Jansons.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt invited him to assist with his 2003-2004 rehearsals in Vienna, Graz, Berlin and Zurich. During the same time, while caring his integral formation in Central Europe, he collaborated with some of the most representative orchestras in Spain like the Orchestra of the Spanish National Radio and Television Corporation, ORTVE (new engagement as Guest Conductor in collaboration with National Heritage), Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Navarre Symphony Orchestra, Community of Madrid Orchestra, and Catalonia National Orchestra, performing at halls such as the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Palau de la Música in Barcelona and Auditorio Baluarte in Pamplona.

In parallel, he gained recognition with subscription concerts across Europe with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra at the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Salle Metrópol in Lausanne, and an outstanding Austrian tour including theatres such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, or the Austria Centre in Vienna.

He is often invited to conduct lyrical productions at the Teatro Principal in Valencia, Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, Teatro Villamarta, Festival of A Coruña, Theatre La Maestranza of Seville, Teatro Principal de Palma de Mallorca, Theatre Sâo Carlos of Lisbon.

His engagements at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid for the last five seasons include collaborations with prestigious producers such as Graham Vick, Pier Luigi Pizzi, José Carlos Plaza, Emilio Sagi, and Paco Mir, among others, introducing the great repertoire of zarzuelas from the XIX and XX Century: El barberillo de Lavapiés, Pan y toros, Alma de Dios, El trust de los tenorios, Los claveles, La reina mora, Doña Francisquita, Luisa Fernanda, La Generala, La Revoltosa, La Verbena de la Paloma; Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente, Los descamisados, El año pasado por agua, Marina, El Dominó azul, La Dogaresa, Galanteos en Venecia, Katiuska or La Gran Vía.

Amongst his recordings, it is worth mentioning Stravinski´s The Soldier´s Tale, Britten´s The Young Person´s Guide to the Orchestra, Llopis´ Abu Simbel, works by Falla, Granados, Chapí, Esplá, Gomis and Sarasate. He is currently working on a series of recordings of Spanish repertoire: Manuel de Falla and Granados (in commemoration of his double anniversary) and a CD recorded for Naxos International: a selection of today´s most outstanding Spanish composers (Francisco Coll, José Luis Turina, Sánchez Verdú).