A rock-star welcome for Yo-Yo Ma with Seattle Symphony

Pablo Rus Broseta, Yo-Yo Ma
Seattle Times

Yo-Yo Ma: three short syllables that guarantee a performance to remember. The great cellist and multifaceted musician has been performing in Seattle for about four decades (though never often enough), and he received a rock-star welcome in his latest arrival in Benaroya Hall on a windy Friday night.
With the Seattle Symphony’s associate conductor Pablo Rus Broseta on the podium, Ma gave a revelatory performance of one of the staples of the cello repertoire: the Haydn Concerto in C Major. He has never been an artist to overstate or exaggerate, but this might have been the most exquisitely understated Haydn C Major ever to emerge from beneath the bow of a cello. Beautifully shaped, poetically soaring lines floated the melodies out into the audience, and you could see people leaning forward in their seats to listen. ... »


Nicholas Hersh

“The fully symphonic richness of the music for Act 2 emerged in the BSO account, which Hersh molded with a smooth balance of propulsion and breadth. The big lyrical moments had a wonderful sweep, nowhere more intensely than in the grand Pas de deux." Baltimore Sun

Nicholas Hersh is Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras. Since joining the BSO as Assistant Conductor in 2014, he continues to make his mark on the mid-Atlantic region with exciting, innovative programming-notably as conductor and co-curator of the acclaimed BSO Pulse series, bringing together indie bands and orchestral musicians in unique collaborations. ... »


Pablo Rus Broseta

“Pablo Rus Broseta provided tasteful support for Ma’s rendition of the Haydn. The young Spanish-born conductor displayed enormous talent. His baton technique was crisp and clear, and his gestures alternated beautifully between the expressive and the lively.” BachTrack

Pablo Rus Broseta is Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, having originally been appointed Assistant Conductor in 2015. During the 16-17 season, he leads the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in a wide variety of concerts, including a festival of Shostakovich concertos as well as a gala concert with Yo-Yo Ma. He is rapidly building a wide-ranging repertoire from Handel to John Adams, with a focus on the great symphonic repertoire. ... »