"...he has the makings of a very fine conductor. He proved most professional in quite difficult circumstances and showed great passion, intelligence and practicality at all times..."
One of the brightest of a new generation of Latin American conductors Pablo Varela was born in Tijuana in 1973 and studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Assisting Mark Wigglesworth with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome in 2003, he has served since 2001 as Assistant Conductor in many productions at the Mexico National Opera, from Verdi?s Macbeth to the latest Wagner's Ring Cycle - a historical project started in 2003 and arriving to its end in April 2006. In 2004 he obtained enormous success in Don Pasquale with the Tijuana Opera.
His engagements in Latin America include the Mexico National Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Venezuela, OFUNAM (Mexico National University Philharmonic Orchestra), Querétaro Philharmonic Orchestra, Michoacán Symphony, Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, Tambuco Ensemble and the Tijuana Opera. In Europe he performs with the Divertimento Ensemble of Milan, Percussion Art Quartet of Munich, Sicily International Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Rotterdams Conservatorium and Echos Ensemble of Lodi. He appears as guest conductor of prestigious festivals such as the OSTERFESTIVAL of Hall in Tirol-Austria, Incontri Musicali d'Estate of Catania and the ContemporaneaMente Festival in Lodi, Italy.
Responsible for many premieres of works by Mexican and European composers (many of whom have dedicated their works to him) Maestro Varela was Principal Conductor of the CAOTHNOS 1998 Music Series of Rotterdam, Holland, a series of concerts advocated exclusively to contemporary music.
Studied composition with Franco Donatoni and Sandro Gorli. After his Laurea in Direzione d?Orchestra at the Milan Conservatory Maestro Varela founded the International Philharmonia of the Californias becoming its Artistic and Music Director. He was recognized with the Diploma di Merito in Composizione in 1997 from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena and in1999 he received the distinction as Cultural Ambassador ad vitam by the City Council of Tijuana.