When I was born, my parents named me Pablo and put a cello in my hands
My musical hero is the man I was named after: Pablo Casals. When my father first listened to a recording of the great cellist playing Dvořák, he decided to quit everything and become a cellist himself. The impact of hearing Casals’ playing was so strong that when I was born many years later, my parents named me Pablo and put a cello in my hands.
In his music, Casals had the ability to sing and talk at the same time. It was music that was so heartfelt and true that it remains extremely touching. When I hear his playing, I especially love the feeling that every sound comes from deep inside him – his expressivity goes far beyond the simple task of playing the cello.
Unfortunately I never met Casals, but I paid him a small tribute on my first CD: I included Song of the Birds, which he used to perform as a symbol of peace and human rights.
Pablo Ferrández’s CD of works by Dvořák, Schumann and Casals is released on 10 February by Onyx Classics.
Photo: Kirill Bashkirov