Carlos Checa leapt to the international scene in China in 2005 conducting the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. In 2009 he performed in London with excellent reviews conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Cadogan Hall, and by personal invitation of maestro Gustavo Dudamel, in May 2014 he made his debut in Venezuela, in "El Sistema". Since 2015 he is artistic and music director of the Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona (JOSB). In October 2016, he signed as a music director of the symphony orchestra with the record label Universal Music.
Carlos Checa has also conducted 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), the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mendoza (Argentina). In Spain, he has conducted orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares, the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Extremadura, the Orquesta de Córdoba, the Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Málaga, the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región 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 2012-13, he has been conducting regulary at the Cuenca ciudad de música concerts, such as the tribute to Teresa Berganza at the Auditorio de Cuenca, the tour of the main auditoriums of the Community of Castilla La Mancha with the "The Little Sweep" Opera by Britten, and the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Auditorio de Cuenca, with the opera production "The Magic Flute" by Mozart.
In the field of contemporary music he has conducted premieres of Spanish composers such as Andrés Valero Castells, José Luís López de Aranda, Albert Carbonell and Paco Toledo, whom the EMEC company recently published his "Hipodámica" Symphony, a work that was recorded under the baton of Carlos Checa with the Manuel de Falla Orchestra.
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.
In 2005 Carlos founded the festival FIMUC Serranía de Cuenca and in 2006 he was awarded a scholarship by the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España.
Carlos 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