A fascinating personality in the music scene, Mexican-Dutch conductor Roberto Beltrán Zavala is rapidly earning international reputation as a world-class artist with impressive, electrifying performances of late romantic and 20th century repertoire.
Recognized as an outstanding communicator and a highly skilled musician, Beltrán Zavala builds strong and intense relationships with the orchestras he works with and is highly respected for his enthusiasm and devoted commitment to the score. Recent highlights include acclaimed performances of musical cornerstones such as Mahler’s First Symphony and Das Lied von der Erde, Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin Suite, as well as important works of the twentieth century such as Varèse’s Octandre and Offrandes, Boulez’s Éclat and Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.
In the last seasons, his appearances included his debuts with Mexico City’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic, Holland Symfonia, National Radio Orchestra of Romania and Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings, as well as a series of modern music concert in The Netherlands with AKOM Ensemble. In his debut with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, he successfully conducted the Closing concert of the International Spring Orchestra Festival of Malta.
In the fall 2015, BIS records released worldwide his new CD with program of Shostakovich and as part of a series named Essential Music. The recording has received extraordinary reviews from the specialized criticism as well as an excellent welcome from the audience.
Roberto Beltrán-Zavala has recently been appointed chief conductor of the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra and holds the position of artistic director of Rotterdam’s re:orchestra, considered by specialized media as one of Europe’s best chamber orchestras. He is also principal conductor of the AKOM Ensemble, a contemporary group based in the Netherlands.
Born and raised in Mexico City (1978) Roberto Beltrán Zavala received musical training at an early age from his father and later he joined the National Center for the Arts where he studied guitar, double bass and composition. During these years, at age 22 he made his conducting debut with the National Center for the Arts Chamber Orchestra with which he continued working for three years and joined Mexico City’s Philharmonic Orchestra Young Conductor’s Program under the tutelage of Jorge Mester.
At age 26 he moved to The Netherlands to continue with his conducting studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory where he was appointed assistant conductor of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra and served as principal conductor of the Rotterdam Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Beltrán Zavala has both Mexican and Dutch nationalities and lives with his wife in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.