Hailed as “an exceptional cellist” (Dallas Morning News), “an artist of the first rank, who commanded a huge range of volume, timbre and emotions” (Fort Worth Star Telegram), and praised for his “rich and warm tone, with lots of variety of inflection and nuance” (New York Concert Review), cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi performs as soloist with the Dallas, Fort Worth, Huntsville, Cannes (France), Aarhus (Denmark), Aguascalientes and Xalapa (Mexico) Symphony Orchestras, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony in Lima (Peru). He also appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Space in New York, and in China, Colombia, Finland, France, Korea, and Latvia. Among other distinctions, he is the winner of the Aldo Parisot Prize, and of the First Prize at the First “Carlos Prieto” International Cello Competition.
Jesús Castro-Balbi is the cellist of the Lin / Castro-Balbi Duo, with pianist Gloria Lin, and of the Clavier Trio, with violinist Arkady Fomin and pianist David Korevaar. He appears in nine compact discs, including Passion and Glory, Transfigured Night, and Rapsodia Latina, which features the world premiere recording of seven works for cello and piano. Altogether, Jesús Castro-Balbi has presented twenty three premiere performances, including of nine works written for him.
Jesús Castro-Balbi is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur at Lyon (France), Indiana University at Bloomington, Yale, and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School. He studied cello with Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker, and chamber music with Boris Berman, the late Rostislav Dubinsky, Joseph Kalischtein, Fred Sherry and members of the Amadeus, Juilliard, Ravel and Tokyo String Quartets.
A sought-after pedagogue, he has given master-classes and lectures at Beijing’s Central Conservatory (China), The Juilliard School, Paris Conservatory (France), the Yale School of Music, and is currently the cello professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He created and serves as the artistic director of the TCU Cellofest, a world-class celebration of the cello. He is also Associate Dean at the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado, where he teaches during the summer. He makes his home in Fort Worth with his wife, pianist Gloria Lin, and their children Joaquín, Briana, and Leonardo.