Maestro Ramón Tebar is in his 8th season as Artistic and Music Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. Acclaimed for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills, conductor Ramón Tebar’s international reputation continues to expand. Considered one of the leading Spanish conductors of his generation, Tebar begins his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of Spain’s Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia in fall 2015, and continues to serve as Artistic Director of Florida’s Palm Beach Symphony and as Music Director of the Dominican Republic’s biannual Festival Musical de Santo Domingo. A popular guest conductor worldwide in orchestral and opera arenas, Mr. Tebar has the distinction of being the first Spanish conductor to be appointed Music Director of an American opera company, the Florida Grand Opera (FGO), and continues his long-term relationship with the company as Principal Conductor; and also with Opera Naples, where he serves as Artistic Director.
Mr. Tebar’s 2018-19 season includes leading subscription concerts with Palm Beach Symphony and orchestral guest engagements with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona and violinist Joshua Bell, the Malaysian Philharmonic and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, The Netherlands Het Gelders Orkest with pianist Pascal Rogé, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra with tenor Joseph Calleja. In 2015-2016, Tebar debuted as Principal Guest Conductor of Spain’s Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia, leading a production of Verdi’s Aida and a special concert performance of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as productions with Florida Grand Opera and Opera Naples. Summer 2015 engagements include leading Puccini’s Turandot for Cincinnati Opera and an all-Beethoven concert at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Future engagements include a rarely performed in Spain concert version of Bernstein’s West Side Story with baritone Leo Nucci at Festival de Opera de A Coruña, and a production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, also with Mr. Nucci, in Las Palmas.
Highlights of Tebar’s work in recent seasons include guest conducting the UK’s Philharmonia Orchestra at Buckingham Palace in the presence of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and orchestral engagements with Spain’s Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Orquesta y Coro Nacional de España, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Peru’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. With Florida Grand Opera, he has led productions of Madama Butterfly, Così fan Tutte, Mourning Becomes Electra, Nabucco, Tosca and Thaïs; productions of La Bohème, Tango, Maria de Buenos Aires and Bizet/Brook’s La tragédie de Carmen with Opera Naples to critical acclaim, a production of Carmen with the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo in Brazil, and a new production of La Traviata with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia at the Festival de Opera de A Coruña (Spain).
Tebar’s guesting credits include leading operatic repertoire for such distinguished organizations as Italy’s Teatro Regio di Torino, Martina Franca Festival, and Teatro Lirico di Cagliari; Germany’s Kolner Philharmonie; Russia’s Kremlin Palace; Netherlands’ Het Concertgebouw and Argentina’s Teatro Colon. Among his orchestral guesting credits are Orquesta Sinfonica Ciudad de Oviedo and Orquesta de Radio Television Espanola in Spain; St. Petersburg Symphony and Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in Russia; Orchestra de Rouen Haute-Normandie in France; Het Gelders Orkest in the Netherlands; Orchestra Teatro Regio di Torino and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy, to name a few. Amongst the numerous acclaimed artists with whom he has worked are Roberto Alagna, Joshua Bell, Montserrat Caballe, Joseph Calleja, Gautier Capucon, Placido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Maria Guleghina, Ben Heppner, Gregory Kunde, and Renata Scotto.
Born in Valencia, Spain, Ramón Tebar began working as a pianist and Assistant Conductor in his hometown at the age of fifteen. He served as Assistant Conductor with the Youth National Orchestra of Spain (Joven Orquesta Nacional de Espana, JONDE), and in the meantime, he graduated with honors in his hometown Conservatory: Special Honor Awards in Piano and Chamber Music Degrees; the Barenreiter Prize; Special Prize in the Musical Youth of Spain Competition; Medaille d´Honneur “Villa de Claira” (France) and an Award at the III International Conducting Competition “Luigi Mancinelli” (Italy). Since his arrival in the US in 2005, he has been part of the musical staff of Palm Beach Opera and Cincinnati Opera, working in around 40 opera productions. Maestro Tebar has been honored twice with the Henry C. Clark Conductor of the Year Award by Florida Grand Opera (2010, 2013), and in 2014 was featured by the Miami Herald as “Top 20 under 40”, by the Spanish journal ABC among “Ten International Spanish Conductors”, and by Marca Espana among the most successful international Spanish talents in “100 espanoles”. In 2014, Ramón Tebar received his highest honor to date: His Majesty, the King of Spain Felipe VI, granted Tebar the Cross of Office of the Order of Mérito Civil in recognition of his cultural accomplishments.