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“This evening it was Pablo Barragán who had you under his spell. In addition to his perfect performance style in all respects, it was precisely his soulful tone that kept you holding your breath in suspense.” (Westdeutsche Zeitung)

The clarinetist, Pablo Barragán is recognised for his refined sound paired with a high skill of craftsmanship, stage charisma and boundless curiosity for the programming of his performances. Born in Andalusia, Barragán, who has chosen to live in Berlin, attaches great importance to the interaction between musicians and feels that artistic symbiosis is the ideal state of music-making. His intuitive music making combined with his eagerness to deliver at the highest level is what makes his performances with well- known orchestras and chamber music partners a unique & radiant experience for the audience.

Over the years he has accumulated a comprehensive list of collaborations with renowned orchestras such as the Brucknerhaus Orchestra Linz, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moravska Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, the Slovak Philharmonic

Orchestra with conductors such as Anja Bihlmaier, Thomas Dausgaard, Daniel Raiskin, Heiko Matthias Förster, and Zsolt Hamar among many others.

Moreover, Pablo is engaged in chamber music festivals and venues, such as

the Rheingau Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling, Classiche Form, the Festival Internacional de Cartagena, the Martha Argerich Festival, the Wigmore Hall London and Tonhalle Zurich. As such, Pablo is humbled to collaborate with fabulous musical partners such as Liza Ferschtmann, Elena Bashkirova, Beatrice Rana, Kian Soltani, Emmanuel Pahud, Alexei Stadler, Modigliani Quartet, Schumann Quartet, Andrei Ionita, Akiko Suwanai and many more.

The 2023/24 season brings solo appearances with orchestras such as the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra in Neumarkt, featuring the chamber concerto by Karl Amadeus Hartmann as led by cellist István Várdai, the Brasov Philharmonic under the direction of Paul Meyer, and the Bursa Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Adrian Prabava among others. He has been invited to open the season for the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra with two performances of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto under the direction of Alvaro Albiach.

One of Pablo’s main focuses is his trio collaboration with violinist Noa Wildschut and pianist Frank Dupree. For the current season & stretching into the summer of 2024,

they have performances lined up at prestigious locations, such as the Dortmund Konzerthaus and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, among others. The performances are related to a recording to be released in 24/25, featuring works by Paul Schoenfield, Béla Bartók and Ernest Bloch.

Further concerts with the Sitkovetsky Trio will bring him to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Cologne Philharmonie, as well as Verona and Padova, and with the Cremona Quartett in Florence. Other performance invitations include the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Ohrid Festival in North Macedonia, the Kaposfest in Hungary, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, Festival Monteleón in Spanish León, as well as Música Musika in Bilbao. Together with Noa Wildschut and Amadeus Wiesensee, he will participate in an extensive tour through Ireland hosted by the Music Network Ireland, and with Elena Bashkirova and the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival Ensemble in South America.

Pablo Barragán was trained at the Seville Conservatory with Antonio Salguero and with Matthias Glander at the Fundación Barenboim-Said in Seville. For many years, since 2007, he also gained valuable experience as a member of Maestro Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In 2011 he won the Juventudes Musicales de España and the European Music Competition for Youth, in 2012 was awarded special price at the ARD Music Competition, and in 2013 won the Prix Crédit Suisse Jeunes Solistes, which earned him an invitation to solo debut at the Lucerne Festival.

Many inspiring encounters at master classes, such as with Martin Fröst, Charles Neidich and Dimitri Ashkenazy, have shaped and strengthened his artistic personality. For this reason, he has been keen to pass on his own knowledge and skills to the younger generation since 2020 as a Professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Seville and at master classes such as Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Pablo’s curiosity and eagerness to create are also reflected in the repertoire selection for his February 2022 album BOUNDLESS, on which he has united the diverse sound universes of Weinberg, Bernstein, Prokofiev and Poulenc clarinet sonatas with Sophie Pacini for the music label, Aparté. The album has been praised by international critics and offers a fresh insight into the vast possibilities the clarinet has on offer.

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