Conductor Carlos Checa made his debut on the international scene in 2005 in China, conducting the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. In 2009, he debuted in London with excellent reviews conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall. In 2014 he was personally invited by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and made his debut in "El Sistema". Carlos begins the 2015/2016 season as a Music director and conductor of the Barcelona Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of recent seasons include the London debut at the Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz (Poland), the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, the Orquesta Nacional del Perú, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa (México), and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mendoza (Argentina). Further highlights include his Venezuelan debut: Carlos was invited by the Fundación Musical Simón Bolivar and personally by maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and he conducted with a great success in Caracas the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Francisco de Miranda in May 2014.
In 2005 Carlos founded the festival FIMUC Serranía de Cuenca. A year later he was awarded a scholarship by the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, and since then,in Spain, he has conducted orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Extremadura, the Orquesta de Cordoba , the Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Málaga, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Ciudad Real, the Orquesta Clásica de Santa Cecilia, the Orquesta Manuel de Falla and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. Since season 12/13, he has been the music director of the Orquesta Cuenca Ciudad de Música.
Carlos Checa began his conducting studies at the age of 17 in Barcelona, his native city, under maestro Francesc Llongueres. He later studied with maestro Albert Argudo in the Conservatorio Superior de Música, and graduated in orchestral conducting with distinction. He specializes in composition, instrumentation and music pedagogy. In addition, he has studied piano, oboe and violin and has taken conducting lessons with Kurt Masur, Antoni Ros Marbà and George Pehlivanian.
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- JOSB and Carlos Checa debut success at the Palau de la Música
"Carlos Checa conducted the entire program from memory, looking for his musicians energy, sensitivity and always showing a clarifying gesture for the young musicians of the orchestra."
"Dvorák's New World Symphony achieved a very dignified level: a powerful metal, warm woods, a set of strings and everything under a version that honed in detail, in the elegance of phrasing and expressiveness" ... "Concert corroborated us the good trajectory of this young orchestra and its conductor."
- Lluís Trullén, Revista Musical Catalana, October 2017
- The JOSB Opening Night Concert: A first step towards a promising future. "Conducting the JOSB meticulously, paying attention to every detail and under the musicians' attentive gaze, Carlos Checa made the orchestra sound sublime while they breezed their way through Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony no.1. The orchestra gave a terrific performance of great technical and musical quality that conveyed the all score's classical refinement"
- Lluís Trullén, "Revista Musical Catalana"
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: ... "It was clear that the conductor Carlos Checa was wholly in command of his forces, eliciting a performance that got the concert off to a cracking start. .... "It was a brilliant concert, brilliantly conducted and played."
- Alexander Leonard, Musical Opinion Magazine
- Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española: "Carlos Checa with an elegant and personal gesture transmits security in the most challenging sections. No inertia at all. He keeps the tension throughout and shows gentleness making us think of Giulini".
- Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares : "Impresssive opening concert" "Carlos Checa adopted succesfully the Prokofiev's classical Symphony" ... "The Firebird that we heard ... notable and impressively in the delicate closing moments of the Finale"
- Ray Fleming, Mallorca, Daily Bulletin