Pablo Casals (1876-1973) was a Catalan cellist, composer, and conductor.
As a eel list, he was renowned for his interpretations of J. S. Bach's unaccompanied suites.
He left Spain in 1939 to live in Prades, in the French Pyrenees, where he founded an annual music festival. He wrote instrumental and choral works including the Christmas oratorio The Manger.
In 1919 Casals founded the Barcelona orchestra, which he conducted until leaving Spain at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. He was an outspoken critic of fascism, and a tireless crusader for peace.
In 1956 he moved to Puerto Rico where he launched the Casals Festival in 1957 and toured extensively in the US.
He married three times; his first wife was the Portuguese cellist Guilhermina Suggia.
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Pablo Casals was a Spanish Catalan cellist and conductor.