Luis Fernández-Castelló studied clarinet at the Superior Conservatory of Valencia with José Cerveró and a Master's degree with Wenzel Fuchs, Joan Enric Lluna, Lorenzo Coppola, Fabrizio Meloni and François Benda. He privately studied with Cristo Barrios.
Awarded in Rising Star Berlin, Primer Palau or Juventudes Musicales de España, Luis Fernández-Castelló is characterized by “a sound full of warmth and exquisite sweetness” (OPERA WORLD). His performances have taken him to national festivals such as the Ensems Festival, the Granada Festival, the Cuenca Religious Music Week, the COMA Festival, the Córdoba Contemporary Music Festival or the Bilbao-BBVA Foundation Contemporary Music Cycle, and internationally in France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Greece, Morocco or Portugal.
He has performed in the main Spanish venues such as the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditorio de Zaragoza and Palau de la Música in Valencia. He was a member of the Young National Orchestra of Spain or Young Latin American Orchestra and has collaborated with the National Orchestra of Spain, the Valencia Orchestra or the Madrid Symphony Orchestra with conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Edmon Colomer or Joan Pons.
Noted for his interpretations of the classical and romantic repertoire, Fernández-Castelló is also attracted to current music and has worked with composers such as Francisco Coll, Cristóbal Halffter, Leonardo Balada, José María Sánchez-Verdú and Luca Francesconi. He has made more than a hundred premieres, many of them works dedicated to him by authors such as Miguel Gálvez Taroncher, David Moliner, Óscar Colomina, Antonio Gómez-Schneekloth, Jesús Torres and Sergio Blardony.
His album The Singing Clarinet has received the praise of the specialized critics (“he plays with elegant phrasing, intention, the right emotion and technical virtuosity” MELÓMANO) and with it he presents himself as a versatile interpreter who travels the most varied musical periods. Recordings for RNE, Catalunya Ràdio, Transópera, Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos or PrimTON also stand out. In turn, he has developed his pedagogical work as a teacher at the conservatories of Úbeda, Torrente or Castellón and with master classes in Spain.
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Photo credits: Angela Coll - Paula Mollá