Liceu Cambra Masterclasses & Concerts is synonymous with great music and musical wisdom shared by the greatest performers and creators. This concert series reaches its eighth edition this year, reaffirming itself as one of the most interesting initiatives of its kind, and, as always expected, a meeting point for the students of the Higher Center of the Liceu Conservatory with the great international masters, and as an appointment for music lovers from Barcelona with the best music.
Born in the United States, Hastings studied piano and accompaniment at the University of Michigan. Fundamentally dedicated to opera and Lied accompaniment, he initially worked in the theaters of Bremen and Düsseldorf in Germany; later for eight years he worked as a musical assistant at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in Italy.
He worked for several years at the Berlin Staatsoper with Daniel Barenboim. He has been invited by maestro Claudio Abbado as an assistant with the Berlin Philharmonica and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Since 1999 he was the main repertoire of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona until his retirement in 2016. He has been invited as musical assistant in different theaters around the world: Valencia, Las Palmas, Munich, Stockholm, Bogotá, Montevideo, Turin, Salzburg and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
As a recital accompanist, he has collaborated with artists such as Montserrat Caballé, Thomas Hampson, Dolora Zajick and Joyce DiDonato. As a teacher, I worked with young singers in courses and master classes organized, among others, by the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, Artescénica in Mexico, Fundación Caixa in Barcelona, Cincinnati Conservatory (USA), and the Centre de Perfeccionament del Palau de les Arts in Valencia.
Liceu Cambra – Masterclasses & Concerts series has the patronage of Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation.