String Faculty

Jesús Castro-Balbi

Professor of Cello

Cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi’s performances span from Alice Tully Hall and a dozen appearances at Carnegie Hall to Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Bass Performance Hall and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and from the Meyerson Symphony Hall and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center to the Aspen, Cartagena and Lincoln Center festivals. A sought-after soloist, he appears with distinguished orchestras throughout Europe, North and South America. Highlights for the 2015-16 season include recitals at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and at Carnegie Hall with pianist Gloria Lin, and a debut with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. He is featured in 13 compact discs and presented 55 world premiere performances and recordings, including of 23 works written for him by prominent composers. His recording of the Jimmy López cello concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, released by Harmonia Mundi in 2015, was highly praised in major American and European media.

Dr. Castro-Balbi is a professor at the TCU School of Music in Fort Worth, Texas, where he teaches a select studio of outstanding undergraduate and graduate cellists from the US and abroad. Many of his former students have gone on to prestigious graduate programs, and have won regional and international competitions, orchestra, school and university teaching positions, as well as positions in major orchestras. He created the TCU Cello Ensemble and the TCU Cellofest, bringing some of the finest cello artist-teachers to TCU. He is the recipient of the College of Fine Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar, and presently serves as Chair-elect of the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Castro-Balbi regularly gives master-classes and lectures at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Paris Conservatoire, the Leipzig and Stuttgart Hochschule, and at the Yale School of Music. He adjudicates at the Juilliard, Rice U. and SMU concerto competitions, the Sphinx Competition (Michigan), and at the Aiqin Bei (China), Lutoslawski (Poland) and Carlos Prieto (Mexico) international cello competitions.

Of Peruvian heritage, raised in France and now a US citizen, he graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur at Lyon, Indiana University at Bloomington, the Yale School of Music, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School. He had the privilege to learn from Iseut Chuat, Marc Coppey, Jean Deplace, Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, and members of the Amadeus, Borodine, Juilliard, Ravel and Tokyo String Quartets.

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BM-Conservatoire National Superieur, France
Artist Diploma-Indiana University
MM-Yale University
DMA-The Juilliard School