Asier Puga

Orchestra conductor

Asier Puga has been trained as an orchestra conductor with maestros like Peter Stark, Robin O’Neill and Howard Williams at the Royal College of Music in London, and with Arturo Tamayo, Manel Valdivieso and Enrique García Asensio at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country (Musikene). He strengthened his knowledge attending masterclasses of maestros such as Pierre Boulez, Martin André and Wilson Hermanto.

Asier Puga has conducted the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic Orchestra, RCM Symphonic Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Lanzarote, Explorensemble, Croydon Youth Orchestra and RCM New Ensemble. Asier has performed in several renowned festivals, such as San Sebastián Musical Fortnight, Juan March Foundation, Britten Theatre, Carmelo Bernaola Music Festival, Esukalduna Palace, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, SMASH International Music Festival, Alexandra Palace, among others.

In 2014 Asier made his debut as opera conductor with Armida by F. J. Haydn, and in 2015 he conducted the premiere of “Singularity”, the third opera of the english composer Michael Oliva. Asier has studied répétiteur with Maciej Pikulski. Due to his increasing interest about the voice, Asier has worked with many singers, and conducted a varied repertoire, from Carlo Gesualdo to Luigi Nono, Pergolesi, Berlioz o Schoenberg, among many others. It should be pointed out that Asier worked with the english baritone and stage director Simon Butteriss, in his semi-stage production of Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen by Mahler and Brettl-Lieder by Schoenberg, at the Britten Theatre in London, meeting great success both from the public and critics.

Asier Puga has studied composition with Ramon Lazkano and Gabriel Erkoreka, attending masterclasses of composers such as Felix Ibarrondo, Johannes Maria Staud, Elena Mendoza and Jesús Torres.

Due to his great interest about contemporary music, Asier has conducted the premier of 30 new works as much in Spain as England. Asier, is co-author of the play-writing “Gesualdo visto por la vanguardia” for the Juan March Foundation, and “Gargantúa”, as well as editor of Ciklus Ensemble project “Dialogues”, in which articles about art are commisionned and published.