Biography

Javier Castro

Javier Castro was born in Burgos in 1974, where he began his studies in music theory and piano, and obtained an undergraduate degree in piano performance under the direction of Javier San Miguel. He later studied piano with Serguei Yerokhin in Bilbao and harmony and fugue with Omar Abad, obtaining an advanced degree with maximum scores. At the same time he participated in courses in orchestral direction and contemporary music at the University of Alcalá de Henares given by Arturo Tamayo and in courses in direction offered by the Aragon Institute of Choral Singing. In the spring of 2001 he moved to Berlin, where he began his advanced studies in orchestral direction in the University of Künste with professor Lutz Köhler, achieving an advanced diploma in the summer of 2003.

During his time in Germany he directed, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Werneigerode and the Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, being a regular invitee to the Contemporary Music Workshop of the Superior Music Conservatory of Castilla y León. He presented, in the role of musical director, a production of the opera “Prima la musica, poi le parole” by Salieri for the Theatre “Unterm Dach” of Berlin, and was the assistant musical director and korrepetitor of the “Karl Forster” Choir of Berlin, with whom he performed the Verdi Requiem, the Brahms Requiem, Bruckner’s F minor Mass, Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and the Cantata Op. 31 by A. Webern, standing out as the director of a concert in the Festival “Postdamer Schlössernacht” before thousands of spectators.

In February of 2003 he was contracted as the repertorist and assistant director of the Stadttheatre of Hildesheim, where he directed the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, the operetta “Der Bettelstudent” and the opera “Martha”. He frequently appeared as a guest artist in the Festival “Cordes et Pics” in Savoya, France.

Since the 2003-04 school year he has imparted seminars in orchestral direction, invited by the Centers for Profesor Specialization of the Community of Castilla y León, and has collaborated with the University of Burgos and the University of Aveiro (Portugal). In the summer of 2004 he moved to Spain to assume the position of artistic director of the the choir Ars Nova of Salamanca, with whom he interpreted the great choral symphonic works including the Mozart Requiem, in a tour of Galicia and various location in the province of Castilla y León, the St John Passion by J.S. Bach together with the baroque orchestra Musica Poetica from Holland and a cast of hand picked soloists and the Brahms Requiem with the Symphony Orchestra of Burgos. In June of 2005 he directed the “Monumental Concert in the Salamanca Town Square 2005”, lyric gala in which eight choirs from Salamanca along with a symphony orchestra and soloists participated simultaneously interpreting choruses and romances of Zarzuela. He was invited by the Orchestra of the Community of Madrid to direct, in the National Auditorium, the childrens story “La mota de polvo” by Fernando Palacios within the concert cycle Trasmúsica in the 2006-2007 season. In July of 2007 he directed the Lyric Gala with which they commemorated the 10th anniversary of the reinauguration of the Principal Theatre of Burgos. He has also worked with the Young Symphony Orchestra of Castilla y Leon at the head of which he presented concerts in auditoriums such as the Prince Felipe in Oviedo and the Miguel Delibes in Valladolid.

Since the summer of 2005 Javier Castro has been the Artistic Director of the Symphony Orchestra of Burgos, at the head of which he has offered more than 40 concerts and had the opportunity to collaborate with great musicians such as Manuel Blanco, Marieke Schneemann, Bruno Schneider, Susanna Yoko-Henkel, Elena Cheah, Dinorah Varsi, Javier Bonet, Zeljko Haliti, Claudio Martínez-Mehner, José Luis Estellés, Guillermo Salcedo, Emilio González and Santiago de la Riva. Between 2005 and 2007 he was the assistant director of the Young Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, with whom he debuted in the National Symphony Auditorium of music and offered in summer of 2007 various concerts in a tour of France. Since 2006 he has been a full professor at the Superior Music Conservatory of Castilla y León, where he is the artistic director of the Symphony Orchestra and directed as musical director the productions of the Opera Workshop including Don Pasquale (2008), La Sonnambula (2009), and El Barberillo de Lavapiés (2014).