TCU: Faculty Senate


Past Chair: Dr. Jesus Castro-Balbi





JESÚS CASTRO-BALBI, Professor of Cello, joined the TCU School of Music in 2003. At TCU, besides developing a first-rate cello studio, he is the founding artistic director of the TCU Cello Ensemble, the TCU Cellofest, and of the Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series. He enjoys collaborating with colleagues and students and presented the premiere performances of both the Edgar Valcárcel and the Jimmy López cello concertos with the TCU Symphony Orchestra led by Germán Gutiérrez. Dr. Castro-Balbi has served on the TCU Faculty Senate’s Academic Excellence Committee and Committee on Committees (Chair, 2014-15), and is on the School of Music Faculty Advisory Committee. He received the 2008 Dean’s Research and Creativity Award, and the 2012 College of Fine Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar.

Dr. Castro-Balbi is an internationally acclaimed cellist who appears in concerts at Bass Performance Hall, Carnegie Hall (a dozen times), the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, at the Cartagena and Lincoln Center festivals, and performs as a soloist with symphony orchestras in the USA, Latin America and Europe, including the Dallas and the Fort Worth symphony orchestras, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Leipzig MDR Radio Orchestra. He is featured in 12 compact discs and has presented 54 world premiere performances and recordings, including of 22 works written for him by prominent composers. His recording of the Jimmy Lopez cello concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya is scheduled to be released by Harmonia Mundi in 2015. He gives master-classes and lectures at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Paris Conservatoire, the Leipzig and the Stuttgart Hochschule, the Yale School of Music, and is a juror for the Juilliard School, Rice U., SMU, and the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competitions; the Sphinx Competition (Michigan); and for the Aiqin Bei (China), the Lutoslawski (Poland) and Carlos Prieto (Mexico) international cello competitions. He serves on the boards of the Dallas Chamber Music Society, the Sphinx Organization, and was Associate Dean at Conservatory Music in the Mountains.

A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur at Lyon, Indiana University at Bloomington, and Yale, he holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. He had the privilege to study with Iseut Chuat, Marc Coppey, Jean Deplace, Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker, as well as with members of the Amadeus, Juilliard, Ravel and Tokyo String Quartets.






















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