Orchestra of St. Luke's
Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) is one of America's most versatile and distinguished
orchestras, collaborating with the world's greatest artists and performing approximately 80
concerts each year--including its Carnegie Hall orchestra series, Chamber Music Series at
The Morgan Library & Museum and the Brooklyn Museum, and at the Caramoor Summer
Season. In its 41-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works; has given more
than 175 world, US, and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100
recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St.
Luke's Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL's principal conductor.
OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at the Church of St. Luke in
the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso musicians of St. Luke's
Chamber Ensemble make up OSL's artistic core.
OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where
it shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York
City's premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a
reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since
opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors, including more
than 400 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel
Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL hosts hundreds
of neighbors, families, and schoolchildren at its home each year for free community
Through its Education and Community programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York
City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs, offers
free interactive music programs at The DiMenna Center, provides chamber music coaching for
adult amateurs, and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School
Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's, an intensive in- and
after-school instrumental instruction program that emphasizes musical excellence and social
development, in partnership with community organizations and public schools in the Hell's
Visit OSLmusic.org for more information.
Musical America's 2014 Conductor of the Year, Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually
varied career that encompasses the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically
informed performance, and cutting-edge contemporary scores. Principal conductor of
Orchestra of St. Luke's since the 2012-2013 season, he was also appointed principal guest
conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, in 2014.
Mr. Heras-Casado is a regular guest with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco
Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, and Metropolitan Opera. In
2015-2016, he returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra
dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He makes
his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, The Philadelphia
Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; continues his collaborations with Ensemble
intercontemporain, Freiburger Barockorchester, and Balthasar Neumann Chor and Ensemble; and
appears at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where he is invited annually for Mozartwoche. The
season's opera projects include Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera and I due
Foscari at Teatro Real.
In previous seasons, Mr. Heras-Casado has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, Leipzig
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, New York
Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Mahler Chamber
Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Salzburg Festival, and
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, and regularly returns to the Lucerne Festival.
Mr. Heras-Casado records for harmonia mundi, as well as Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv
Produktion, where he is an Archiv Ambassador. He has received numerous prizes for his
recordings, including three ECHO Klassik awards, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik,
two Diapasons d'Or, and a Latin Grammy. Recent releases on harmonia mundi include
Schumann's Violin and Piano concertos with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov,
Schubert's symphonies nos. 3 and 4 with the Freiburger Barockorchester, and Mendelssohn's
Symphony No. 2 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. For Archiv, he has recorded a
disc of works by Jacob, Hieronymus, and Michael Praetorius, and an album celebrating
legendary castrato singer and maestro Farinelli. He also appears on a Sony release of
Verdi's baritone arias with Plácido Domingo and a Deutsche Grammophon DVD of Donizetti's
L'elisir d'amore from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.