Jesús Castro-Balbi


Cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi performs internationally as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, from six recent appearances at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Bass Hall in Fort Worth, the Meyerson Hall in Dallas, New York's Lincoln Center, to major cities across China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Latvia, Mexico, and Peru. His performances have earned him glowing reviews in major media including the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Strad Magazine, Strings Magazine, and the New York Concert Review, and have been broadcast on BBC World, Japanese public television NHK, Korean national television KBS, French television TV5-Arte, and in the US on WNYC, WGBH, WRR, and NPR. He has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Huntsville, Cannes (France), Aarhus (Denmark), Aguascalientes and Xalapa (Mexico), the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony in Lima (Peru).


Among other distinctions, Dr. Castro-Balbi received the First Prize at the First “Carlos Prieto” International Cello Competition in Mexico; the Aldo Parisot Prize at Yale; and the Schwartz Foundation - Salon de Virtuosi Award in New York City. Dr. Castro-Balbi is a permanent jury member to the “Carlos Prieto” International Cello Competition, and has adjudicated the Sphinx Competition and other national and regional contests. He has presented master-classes and lectures at the Boston Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Paris National Conservatory in France, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Yale School of Music, and in Beijing and Shenyang in China.


Dr. Castro-Balbi appears in eight compact discs, including Passion and Glory with Clavier Trio (with violinist Arkady Fomin and pianist David Korevaar), and Rapsodia Latina with the Lin / Castro-Balbi Duo (with pianist Gloria Lin) , which features the world premiere recording of seven works for cello and piano. Altogether, Dr. Castro-Balbi has presented twenty two premiere performances, including of eight works written for him.


Dr. Castro-Balbi is the cello professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and the Associate Dean at the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado. He created and leads the Texas Cello Society, the TCU Cellofest, the TCU Cello Ensemble, the TCU Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series. and received the TCU Deans' Research and Creativity Award. He is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon (France), Indiana University at Bloomington, Yale, and received his doctorate at The Juilliard School. He studied cello with Iseut Chuat, Marc Coppey, Jean Deplace, 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.