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Artistic Director

Manel Valdivieso

He is the Artistic Director of the JONC since 2001.

Born in Barcelona, Manel Valdivieso studied music at Escolania de Montserrat and the Conservatories of Badalona and Barcelona. He completed his music education studying analysis with Benet Casablancas and orchestral direction with Antoni Ros-Marbà.

He has directed the main Spanish orchestras such as the orchestras of La Coruña, Granada, Tenerife, Madrid (the National Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Madrid, the orchestra of RTVE), as well as the orchestras of Bilbao, Castilla y León, Santiago de Compostela, Córdoba, Sevilla, Principado de Asturias, Balears, etc. He also has a successful operatic career, having made his debut among other places at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real de Madrid, the National Opera of Korea (Seul), the Washington DC Opera with titles such as the Elisir d’Amore, il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Trittico, Madama Buterfly, Il Trovatore, Turandot, Tosca, The Turn of the Screw, and other operas.

He has recorded several record projects based on the work of contemporary composers for Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, TV3-Catalunya Música and Columna Música.

Within his recent activity we can highlight the programmes with the Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt-Oder (BSOF-Germany), BOS (Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao), OFM (Orquesta Filharmónica de Málaga), OCG (Orquesta Ciudad de Granada), ORTVE and Chamber Orchestra of Geneva (Switzerland).

Artistic Comittee

David Ballesteros

Professor of violin, chamber music and orchestra repertoire at Guildhall School of Music, London LSO’s Discovery Eastern Music Festival (US), New World Symphony Orchestra (US), Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, Spanish Youth National Orchestra, Katarina Gurska Academy of Madrid, Pau Casals Music Course and Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya.

His orchestral experience includes the Marinski Orchestra of San Petersburg, the Brandenburg Symphony of London, the Orchestra Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Euskadiko Orkestra and the Tenerife Symphony. He has worked with C. Davis, P. Boulez, C. Abbado and V. Gergiev, among others

He is a member of bandArt and a collaborator in various social integration activities.

Jaume Cortadellas

Flutist and pedagogue. General manager of the Conservatori Professional de Música de Badalona and Head of Department in the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.

He has undertaken abundant symphonic activity and played as a soloist in orchestras such as the Orquestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Granada and the Orquestra de Cambra del Palau de la Música. He is cofounder of the Orquestra de Cambra del Teatre Lliure along with Josep Pons and Lluis Vidal, with whom he has many recordings.

He has worked with the Orquestra Barroca Catalana, the Trio Classic in Barcelona and Il Fondamento. He is a member of the contemporary music group Grup 21 . He has accompanied many great catalan musicians such as Maria del Mar Bonet and Jaume Sisa.

He is a teacher in the International Music Course in Cervera and he is involved with the Fundacion Carolina.

Albert Gumí

Clarinetist and pedagogue. Teacher in l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in the subject Improvisation in Classical and Contemporary Music. He has played in important concert halls all around de world and he has recorded about twenty CD’s. He is the conductor of various youth orchestras and the composer of more than a hundred works for symphonic, chamber, instrumental and vocal orchestra, some of them with a marked pedagogical character.

He is the creator of numerous educational projects for la Caixa Foundation (musical workshops, family concerts, musical projects for people with intellectual disability, etc.). He has designed pedagogical concerts for various institutions such as l’Auditori Nacional de Catalunya. He has given many pedagogical courses for musical teachers in places like l’Stage la Caixa or the Universitat Central de Barcelona.



Founder artistic Director

Josep Pons

Josep Pons was born in Puig-reig (Catalonia) and received his early musical training at the choir school of Montserrat Abbey.

He has been the resident conductor and artistic director of the Spanish National Orchestra and Chorus (2003-2012) – of which he remains an honorary conductor – and the City of Granada Orchestra (1994-2004). He was the founder and artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of Barcelona’s Teatre Lliure (1985-1997) and the Catalonia Youth Symphony Orchestra (JONC – 1993-2001). In 1999 the Spanish government awarded him its National Prize for Music.

He collaborates with numerous orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, Royal Danish Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hague Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus* Orchestra, BBC Symphony* Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tokyo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. He has recorded over twenty titles for Harmonia Mundi (France) and approximately ten for Deutsche Grammophon.

He is the current music director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.