Pablo Urbina (b.1988, Vitoria- Gasteiz, Spain), is a young Spanish conductor graduate from the Royal College of Music London, semifinalist of the 2017 Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition and a 2018 Nominee for the Nestlé & Salzburg Young Conductors Award. After 7 years as Music Director of the London City Orchestra, he was recently appointed Principal Conductor of London based Orchestra Vitae and Assistant Conductor of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra in Spain. In 2019 he was associate conductor at the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon, and from 2017 to 2019 he was Associate Conductor of the festival Suoni dal Golfo in Italy.
Pablo has worked with orchestras that include the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, The Hallé Orchestra (as assistant conductor), Tunisian National Symphony, Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Classica de Madeira (Portugal), National Youth Orchestra of Portugal, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Grand Philharmonic Orchestra London, Navarra Chamber Opera and the Royal College of Music Student´s Film Orchestra (which he co-founded). He has assisted conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Bernard Haitink, Jonathan Cohen, John Wilson, Pablo Mielgo and Gianluca Marcianò, and has also worked with other acclaimed musicians such as Leo Nucci, Jorma Panula, Vladimir Jurowski, Cecilia Bartoli, Juan Diego Flórez, John Williams and Randy Newman. 2019 saw Urbina´s debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall of London. Upcoming engagements include a new opera production with Chamber Opera of Navarra and Navarra Symphony Orchestra for 2020.
In 2016 he gave the premiere in Spanish of Karl Jenkins opera Eloise with Chamber Opera of Navarra, and has worked in productions of Don Giovanni and La Traviatta with Baluarte Foundation and Navarra Symphony Orchestra. He has studied the music of composer Michael Kamen, extensively, and serves as adviser for the preservation and revitalisation of his music worldwide. Pablo is also a strong advocate for music education and outreach, and the promotion of Spanish repertoire. He has worked with organisations such as Wigmore Hall Foundation, BBC Proms Outreach, RCM Sparks and benefitted organisations such as Sue Ryder Foundarion, The Wellness Community, Great Ormond Street Hospital And UK Parkinson’s Trust. Since 2019 he is an Ambassador for UK charity The Amber Trust.
Pablo Urbina grew up in Pamplona, Spain, and went onto to study as a scholar at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, with Kristy Morrell. In 2014 he finished a Master of Music at the RCM London, with Peter Stark, also as scholar.