Bio: Alberto Hold-Garrido was born in Barcelona,Spain and moved to Denmark at age 9. After initial private studies in piano, violin, harmony and counterpoint, he entered the Royal Music Academy in Copenhagen studing choral and orchestral conducting with Dan-Olof Stenlund and Frans Rasmussen, later completing his conducting studies at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under Prof. Jorma Panula, Atso Almila, Prof.Ilya Musin and guest teachers such as Leif Segerstam, Eri Klas, János Fürst and Wolf-Dieter Hauschild. Between 1990-91 he also attended courses of musical phenomenology with S.Celibidache at the Gutenberg University in Mainz. Shortly before receiving his diploma in 1994, he started working as assistant conductor at the Finnish National Opera where he was involved in several productions like Lohengrin, Salome, Don Carlos, Traviata, Otello, Barbiere di Siviglia, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, working close with important stage directors like among others Götz Friedrich and Gian-Carlo del Monaco and conductors like Leif Segerstam, Miguel Aangel Gomez Martinez, Eri Klas and Maurizio Barbacini. In October 1996 he made his professional debut at the Finnish National Opera with Verdi's early opera I due Foscari, personally directed by Prof.August Everding and immediately after he conducted performances of Salome, La Traviata and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In August 1997 Alberto Hold-Garrido was appointed Principal Conductor of the Royal Opera Stockholm where he conducted numerous productions, aswell as taking the company to the Deutsche Oper,Berlin in January 1998 with a highly succesful production of Bellini's Norma. Between 2000 and 2003 he served as the companies Chief Conductor and he conducted succesful productions of Don Carlos, La Bohéme, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Elisir d'amore, this last production directed by Jonathan Miller. The production of Don Carlos was recorded Live for the Naxos label and issued on September 2003 receiving international critical acclaim. As a guest conductor in both the operatic and symphonic field Alberto Hold-Garrido has appeared in the scandinavian countries, Estonia, Russia, Serbia, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, South America, China and South Korea. Highlights include performances of Traviata at the Frankfurt Opera in 2001-2002, Il Trovatore at the Welsh National Opera in 2003, Norma and a new production of Verdi's Ernani in Theater St.Gallen, Salome in Moscow and a highly succesful new production of La Bohéme in Graz during the season 2008-09. Alberto Hold-Garrido is a returning guest conductor at the Finnish National Opera where he has lead productions of Anna Bolena, La Bohéme, Madama Butterfly and the finnish premieres of Puccini's La Rondine, Bellini's Norma, personally directed by Renata Scotto and Giordano's Andrea Chénier personally directed by Gian-Carlo del Monaco. In November 2007 he conducted a new production of Bizet's Carmen and he returned to Helsinki in August 2009 with a revival of Andrea Chénier. Since 2001 he is also a returning guest at the Savonlinna Opera Festival where he has conducted Aida, Rigoletto and Lucia di Lammermoor. With the festivals celebrated productions of Macbeth and Rigoletto he toured between 2001 and 2003 Sweden, Denmark and Santiago in Chile. Both in Savonlinna and abroad he has worked with renowned artists such as Matti Salminen, Jaakko Ryhänen, Jorma Hynninen, Ingvar Wixell, Antonio Salvadori, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Nina Stemme, Katarina Dalayman, Camilla Nylund, Michele Crider, Ludmila Monastyrska, Marina Mescheriakowa, Franz Grundheber, Irina Mishura, Elina Garanca, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Monica Groop, Raffaella Angeletti, Carmela Remigio, Alessandra Rezza, Olga Romanko, Gabriella Morigi, Joseph Calleja, Gösta Winbergh, David Rendall, Mario Malagnini, Walter Fraccaro, Stefano Secco, Zoran Todorowich, Zeljco Lucic, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Dwayne Croft, Ekaterina Siurina and Eglise Gutierrez among numerous others. Other soloists have included Mstislav Rostropovich, Isabelle van Keulen, Lorenzo Gatto, Baiba Skride, Olli Mustonen, Alessio Bax, Peter Donohoe and many others. In the spring 2010 Alberto Hold-Garrido conducted a new production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera at the Finnish National Opera and in February 2012 he conducted a revival of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West there aswell, both productions directed by Vilppu Kiljunen. During the winter 2011-2012 he also conducted Verdi's La Traviata at the Stockholm Royal Opera, Puccini's Turandot in Trondheim,Norway and Bellini's Norma in Talinn. That was followed by Madama Butterfly in Malmö in March 2012 and a triumphant new production of Verdi's Attila in Santiago,Chile in September 2012. Lately he has conducted a revival of Un Ballo in Maschera in Helsinki in December 2012, Aida in Toulon in April 2013 and revivals of Carmen and Puccini's Turandot in Helsinki during the autumn and winter season in Helsinki, a new and very succesful production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly at Cosenza's Teatro Rendano in Dec.2013, In Feb.2015 he conducted a new production of Verdi's Nabucco with the Tampere Opera in Finland, and a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera in Malmö during the Spring 2016. In December 2016 he conducted the 70th Anniversary Concert of finnish bass Jaakko Ryhänen with the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland, and the following December 2017 he conducted the 70th anniversary Gala of the Tampere Opera in the cities Tampere-Talo. His latest activities have been a revival of Carmen at the Finnish National Opera in January 2017 and a very succesful new production of Ponchielli's La Gioconda in Malmö during the Spring 2017. In October 2013 Alberto Hold-Garrido started a three year tenure as principal conductor of the finnish Kuopio City Orchestra that lately has been prolongued with two further years until 2018. In early 2019 Alberto Hold-Garrido will conduct a new production of Puccini's La Bohème with the Tampere Opera in Finland. Opera repertoire: Composer Opera Bellini, V. Norma Bizet, G. Carmen (Both Guiraud & Oeser versions) Donizetti, G. Anna Bolena E’lisir d’amore, L. Lucia di Lammermoor Giordano, U. Andrea Chénier Leoncavallo, R. Pagliacci Mascagni, P. Cavalleria rusticana Mozart, W.A. Cosi fan tutte Nozze di Figaro Nicolai, O. Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Die Offenbach, J. Contes d’Hoffmann, Les (Kaye/Keck version) Ponchielli, A. La Gioconda, Puccini, G. Bohéme, La Fanciulla del West, La Madame Butterfly Rondine, La Tosca Turandot Rossini, G. Barbiere di Siviglia, Il Strauss, R. Salome Verdi, G. Aida Attila Ballo in Machera, Un Don Carlos Due Foscari, Ernani Macbeth Nabucco Otello Rigoletto Traviata, La Trovatore, Il Wagner, R. Fliegende Holländer, Der Lohengrin, Rheingold, Tannhäuser Reviews – Alberto Hold-GarridoLa Bohème at Graz Opera, nov. 2008.Die Presse:Hold-Garrido proved to be the ideal Puccini interpreter of the exquisite pleasingly sounding anddetached striking up Grazer Philharmonic Orchestra. On this way a specific Puccini sound wascreated for which Graz can be envied by some of the other opera houses.Der Standard„Worth listening and watching.“ He compares the movie currently showing in cinemas to theGrazer performance and even recommends Vienna opera freaks to come to Graz”, becausewith Alberto Hold-Garrido there is a freshman on the rostrum who roughs up the GrazerPhilharmonics right from the beginning with an intensity that a movie - howsoever perfectlycasted - cannot compete with. "Der-Neue-Merker:Alberto Hold-Garrido, native-born in Barcelona, has been the spirit’s rector for the perfectlyrehearsed Grazer Philharmonics. With the passion for detail and diligent backing group for thesingers, huge gesture for the extravagant Puccini melism and convincing agogic, he madeoverall for an interpretation that left enough room for both the sentiment and the modernityparts of the score pointing towards the 20th century. Ending in elation for the conductors andthe young and playfully protagonists of an overall worth watching and listening performance.Don Carlos at the Stockholm Opera, recordings released in aug. 2003.The Guardian, author Edward Greensfield. "The Spanish conductor AHG direct an incisiveperformanceof this long work, with warmly flexible rubato in such big moments as the oathduet and Elisabetta’s great aria in the last act (…). It says much that this version stands up sowell in direct comparison with the finest existing sets.”BBC Music Magazine, author Claire Wrathall. "Recorded live at the Royal Swedish Opera,it is masterfully driven by AHG, whose full-blooded, immaculately detailed account of the scoreis its strongest suit."Il Trovatore at Welsh National Opera, sept.-oct. 2003.The Guardian inlimited, author Tim Ashley. "The Spanish-born conductor AHG is all fireand steel, propelling Verdi’s churning arpeggios and throbbing rytms with a raw, nervousurgency."The Independent, author Stephen Walsh. “After their dodgy moments in Parsifal, it wasgood to hear the orcherstra - like the splendid chorus – in such lusty form under AHG. Hisdirect, no-fuss"