Grammy Award Winner (2001), Spanish Maestro José de Eusebio has one of the most impressive conductor carreers in the Spanish and international music scene.
Nominated a second time for a Grammy in 2008 (best opera recording, with Zubin Mehta and Charles Mackerras), winner of the Cannes Classical Award (2002) and finalist to the Gramophone Awards (2001), José De Eusebio has conducted an impressive and important amount and variety of recordings for Decca and Deutsche Grammophon as well as Col Legno, Autor and other labels.
His Decca recording of the Albéniz´s opera Merlin, with Plácido Domingo, also won the CD Compact Award in 2001. Merlin was received with great international acclaim after its international presentation at the 2001 Salzburger Musikfestspiele. This success was followed by the Henry Clifford recording again for Decca, premiered at the Canaries International Festival in 2009. Later Deutsche Grammophon released his recording of the opera Pepita Jiménez (2006) also starring Domingo.
De Eusebio´s recording projects with Deutsche Grammophon include the completion of his 17 recordings with other Albeniz lyric works such as San Antonio de la Florida, Magic Opal, Poèmes d´Amour, Lancelot and further orchestral works, as well as other major operatic projects with Plácido Domingo.
Maestro De Eusebio has recently (May 2011) had a great success conducting different opera productions at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and has also delivered a number of lectures at the Juilliard School of Music, two of the most prestigious Music Institutions in the world, where he has been invited again in the coming future. Last December 2011 he debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, closing the Spain-Russia cultural year with the National Ballet of Spain. As part of his pedagogic work, he collaborates with David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero, Paul O´Dette, among others, in the prestigious Master of Classic Guitar, as its conductor professor.
Trained as a pianist and conductor in Spain, France, Austria, Hungary, and the United States (as a Fulbright scholar), José De Eusebio has worked with such musical personalities as Gyögy Kurtág, Péter Solymos (Franz Liszt Academy), Vlado Perlemuter, Charles Bruck, Joaquín Achúcarro, Guillermo González, Gustav Meier, David Milnes, Murray Sidlin, and has studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Wiener Masterclasses, Pierre Monteaux School, Prussia Cove and Aspen Music Festival, and others.
José De Eusebio has conducted the staged Merlin World Première at Teatro Real in Madrid (released in DVD by BBC-Opus Arte, live broadcasted by the U.E.R. and world wide acknowledged), as well as over a hundred world premières, including Tomás Marco´s operas El Viaje Circular, Teatro Imaginario and El Caballero de la Triste Figura. He has premiered works written by the main composers of our time and is often asked to conduct major symphonic pieces like Massiaen´s Turangalîla Symphonie (special mention to his performance with the Aarhus Symfoniorkester in Denmark), Mahler symphonies, and most of the romantic and impressionistic works, as well as being a recurrent opera and ballet conductor.
Maestro De Eusebio has conducted in such important halls as Vienna´s Musikverein, as well as the main venues of Mannheim, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich, etc. He has worked with soloists like Plácido Domingo, Carlos Álvarez, José Cura, Eva Marton, Carol Vaness, Alessandra Marc or Jane Henschel. He has also performed with major orchestras in Spain, Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Check Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan and the United States, as well as in different International Festivals like the Aspen Music Festival in the USA or the Saarbrücken Musikfestspiele.
Some reviews from his recent New York performances, like the The New York Times remark: “…José De Eusebio conjured fire and refinement from the orchestra…”, and Opera News: “…José De Eusebio elicited an incisive and idiomatic performance from the orchestra,…”. The French Liberation also wrote about him: “José De Eusebio (…) est un cousin précieux d´Antonio Pappano, dans sa gestion fluide du foisonnement harmonique, de l´aternance de piani impressionnistes et forte tonitruants, de la lumière nordique et méditerranéenne.”; on a different ocassion The Times: “he draws a loving performance”. Other reviews on Le Soir, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, L´Opera, Financial Times, Diapason, Gramophone, The Guardian, Das Opernglas, Opernwelt, Opera International, Opera Now, Opera News, Berliner Zeitung, among others, are vivid examples of Maestro De Eusebio´s international media impact.
Jose De Eusebio has taught at prestigious institutions such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and is part of the Master in Classical Guitar Performance with David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Paul O’Dette, Fabio Zanon, etc.
His interest in recovering the past and present musical heritage has also drawn Mtro. De Eusebio to work intensively on contemporary music. He was Music Director of the Sax-Ensemble (winner of the Spanish National Music Prize 1997) from 1997 to 2002 and continues researching and performing the unknown Spanish lyrical and symphonic repertoire. He is editor of the critical edition of Merlin, Henry Clifford, Pepita Jiménez, San Antonio de la Florida, El Puerto, Poémes d´Amour by Albéniz and is now working to do the same with the totally unknown orchestral and lyrical works by Granados.