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Biography

Maestro Unai Urrecho Zubillaga has an active and productive career conducting symphony orchestras and operas in Asia and Europe. Since 2019, he holds an honorary position as Music Director for Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a Professor of Conducting at The University of Suwon.

Before deciding to embark upon a career as a conductor, Maestro Urrecho performed professionally as an orchestral musician for twenty years. During that time, he appeared with numerous orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra— performing under the direction of Maestros Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Sir Colin Davis, Robert Spano, Gilbert Varga, Juanjo Mena, and Hans Graff, among others.

He began his music education at the tender age of 6 in Arrasate Musical Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Juan Arzamendi. After completing upper-level studies at San Sebastian Conservatory with high honors, he was awarded a full scholarship from the Guipuzcoa Government to study at Boston University. At Boston University, he received a full scholarship and a graduate assistantship and later won the university concerto competition. Maestro Urrecho was a founding member of the Joven Orquesta de Euskadi, a member of the European Youth Orchestra, and a Fellow at the Spoleto and Tanglewood Music Festivals, where he had the opportunity to work and interact with conductors of the highest calibre.

Maestro Urrecho completed conducting studies under Maestro Sygmon Kawalla, at Chopin University in Warsaw, Poland where he received a postgraduate artist diploma and doctoral degree in opera and orchestral conducting.

An ardent proponent of Spanish and Basque orchestral music, Maestro Urrecho is equally sought after to lead performances of standard classical orchestral repertoire. In 2012, after Maestro Urrecho’s participation in Jeju International Festival— where he conducted renowned chamber ensembles such as Spanish Brass— South Korea’s Dance and Opera Magazine, lauded Maestro Urrecho as the festival’s most promising conductor.

Over the years, he made conducting debuts with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Basque Country National Symphony Orchestra for which he received enthusiastic reviews (“The Basque Country National Symphony was led by Unai Urrecho’s extraordinary technique solving gracefully all the difficulties that the music brought. Here we have a great Maestro for the future.” – EMECE – (El DiarioVasco 2016-05-28))

Maestro Urrecho’s conducting experience includes major orchestras in South Korea as well as in Russia, including Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Tomsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra. In the opera scene, he has conducted operas such as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and La Boheme; Verdi’s Rigoletto, Aida and La Traviata; Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, Figaro and Magic Flute; Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman; Gounod’s Faust; and Bizet’s Carmen.

For the upcoming 2020 season he has been invited to conduct the following orchestras: Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra and Basque Country National Symphony Orchestra where he will record a CD with the Kalakan ensemble. In the opera scene he will be conducting operas such Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Tosca and Il Trovatore.