Pablo Casals Defilló
El Vendrell, Cataluña, España, 1876 – San Juan, P.R. 1973
Pablo Casals Defilló preferred to be called Pau, a Catalan name that means peace. He inherited from his father a passion for the freedom of Catalonia and Republicanism, which led him to an unending self exile. He was an unconditional defender of peace. As a musician, he developed a technique for playing the violoncello with astonishing expressiveness and this turned the instrument into one of the favorites of the Royal House of Spain. As requested by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, he played in the White House. He was the founder of the École Normale de Musique of Paris and the Casals Festival in France and Puerto Rico and he also inspired the establishment of two important institutions in the cultural life of Puerto Rico: the Music Conservatory and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded with the Peace Medal of the United Nations and the Presidental Medal of Freedom. Casals, son of a Puerto Rican woman, changed the way the cello is played in the world, forever.
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