Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos is a regular guest with North America's top orchestras. He is also conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati, Boston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Montreal symphony orchestras. He appears annually at the Tanglewood Music Festival and regularly with the National, Chicago and Toronto symphony orchestras.
Born in Burgos, Spain, in 1933, Mr. Frühbeck studied violin, piano, music theory, and composition at the conservatories in Bilbao and Madrid, and conducting at Munich's Hochschule für Musik, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Richard Strauss Prize. From 2004 to 2011 he was chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic, and in the 2012–13 season will begin his post as chief conductor of the Danish National Orchestra.
Mr. Frühbeck has made extensive tours with such ensembles as the Philharmonia of London, London Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Madrid, and Swedish Radio Orchestra. He has toured North America with the Vienna Symphony, Spanish National Orchestra, and the Dresden Philharmonic.
Named Conductor of the Year by Musical America in 2011, Mr. Frühbeck's other numerous honors and distinctions have included the Gold Medal of the City of Vienna, Bundesverdienstkreutz of the Republic of Austria and Germany, Gold Medal from the Gustav Mahler International Society, and Jacinto Guerrero Prize, Spain's most important musical award, conferred in 1997 by the Queen of Spain. In 1998 he was appointed Emeritus Conductor by the Spanish National Orchestra. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Navarra in Spain. Since 1975 he has been a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos has recorded extensively for the EMI, Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Spanish Columbia, and Orfeo labels. Several of his recordings are considered to be classics, including his interpretations of Mendelssohn's Elijah and St. Paul, Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina burana, Bizet's Carmen, and the complete works of Manual de Falla.