“Salvador Vázquez confirms the achievements of his young career, which is calling for higher artistic commitments”.
(SCHERZO Magazine. March 2018)
Born in Málaga in 1986, the Spanish conductor and choir director Salvador Vázquez has established himself as one of the most vibrant and charismatic artists of the new generation of conductors in Spain, with a special enthusiasm for the opera.
He has been chief conductor of the Malaga Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he is artistic director of the Youth Baroque Orchestra of Andalusia (JOBA), director of the Opera Choir of Malaga, and assistant conductor of Extremadura Symphony Orchestra and Extremadura Youth Orchestra.
Award-winning musician, in 2015 he won the “Ciudad de Malaga” Award, for his outstanding musical achievements, and in 2016 he was awarded First Prize at the Cordoba International Conducting Competition. Recently, he has been selected a finalist in the 56th Besançon Competition, chosen out of 270 candidates from around the world.
Past seasons’ highlights include conducting engagements with Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra (ORTVE), Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra (ROSS), Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra (OFM) – with an acclaimed Rossini’s Stabat Mater -, Extremadura Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Cordoba, and Avila Symphony Orchestra (OSAV). Also, in May 2018 he conducted Verdi’s Rigoletto in the Opera Season at the Teatro Cervantes in Malaga, with great success.
In 2018/19, Salvador Vázquez made his debut with the Navarre Symphony Orchestra, the City of Granada Orchestra, and with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra at the Tenerife Opera, in an acclaimed new production of the Spanish opera “El Gato Montés” (The Wild Cat), by Manuel Penella. Furthermore, he had re-invitations from Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Extremadura Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of Cordoba. He also conducted the Opera Choir of Malaga in the productions of Verdi’s La Traviata, Aida and Otello at the Teatro Cervantes in Malaga.
In February 2019, Salvador was selected by the Spanish Television (TVE) to conduct the Castile and Leon Symphony Orchestra in the talent show “Prodigios”, which had a great audience success and media impact.
Upcoming engagements for the 2019-20 Season include his debut with the Region of Murcia Symphony Orchestra, and re-invitations of the Castile and Leon Symphony Orchestra, the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, the Extremadura Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Cordoba, besides his regular activity as artistic director of the Youth Baroque Orchestra of Andalusia.
He has also been assistant conductor of the Academy Orchestra of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, and has conducted the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and the Moldavia National Orchestra.
Stunning for his age, Salvador has an enormous operatic experience, both as a répétiteur, opera choir director and conductor, having in his repertoire operas such as Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte, Donizetti’s L’elixir d’amore, Bellini’s Norma, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Verdi’s Nabucco, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Don Carlo and Otello, Puccini’s La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Tosca and Turandot, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Leoncavallo’s Pagliaci, etc.
He has collaborated with conductors and soloists such as Pablo González, Carlos Aransay, Andrés Salado, Manuel Hernandez Silva, Edmon Colomer, Gianluca Marcianó, Pedro Halffter, Ruben Amoretti, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Mariola Cantarero, Marina Pardo, Luis Cansino, Damián del Castillo, Sandra Ferrández, Beatriz Díaz, Emmanuel Faraldo, Roman Ialcic, Seyoung Park, Mali Corbacho, etc.
He has recently recorded his debut album for SONY CLASSICAL including Paganini Violin Concerto no.1 and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, with the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and Spanish violinist Jesus Reina.