Guest Conductor

Pablo Heras-Casado

Since the 2020-2021 season, Anima Eterna has collaborated with several guest conductors, giving each a chance to develop their own artistic trajectory. For many years, Pablo Heras-Casado has dreamed of performing Bruckner’s symphonies on historical instruments. In Anima Eterna, he has found the ideal partner to make that dream a reality. And that explains why Bruckner’s music runs like a thread throughout his guest conductorship. 

“The combination of rigorous historical research, lively, open playing, plus their high level of technical precision: that simply makes an orchestra hugely attractive for a conductor.” – Pablo Heras-Casado

In his work with Anima Eterna, Heras-Casado, an internationally renowned conductor, will aim for a long-term collaboration with a transparent artistic approach. This new project fits like a glove with both Anima Eterna’s history and Jos van Immerseel’s achievements. Heras-Casado sees historical performance practices – which were already evident in his teens at the start of his career – as a means of bringing out a work’s most radical qualities. What will his Bruckner sound like? That’s difficult to predict. The orchestra will function as Heras-Casado’s laboratory: only by interacting with the musicians can something genuinely new emerge. 

“You have to dare to give a bit of space to uncertainty, to surprise. How will Heras-Casado’s Bruckner sound? Transparent, rhetorical and with a certain lightness in the sound but not in the message.” – Pablo Heras-Casado 

More information about Bruckner and the concert dates will soon be available here.