BM - Conservatoire National Superieur, France
Artist Diploma - Indiana University
MM - Yale University
DMA - The Juilliard School
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, such as the Aarhus, Dallas and the Fort Worth symphony orchestras, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Leipzig MDR Radio Orchestra. Highlights for the 2015-16 season include a debut with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, and recitals at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and at Carnegie Hall with pianist Gloria Lin. He is featured in 13 compact discs and presented 55 world premiere performances and recordings, including 23 works written for him by prominent composers. His recording of the Jimmy López cello concerto for Harmonia Mundi, with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, was highly praised in major North 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 undergraduate and graduate cellists from the US and abroad. He created the TCU Cello Ensemble and the TCU Cellofest, led the Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series for 11 years, and received the College of Fine Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. He 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 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 Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, and members of the Amadeus, Borodine, Juilliard, Ravel and Tokyo String Quartets.