Thus the Liceu has chosen a top-ranking Catalan conductor as its Music Director. Maestro Pons's involvement with the Liceu enriches his already distinguished career and the artistic experience he has gained as a frequent guest conductor with the world's leading orchestras and one of the country's most prominent conductors.
A review of his musical career reveals his talent in the field of orchestra development. His artistic background and the leadership he has displayed in developing the orchestras of which he has been the resident conductor (Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Nacional de España) and the extensive recording’s experience corroborates it.
Ever since Joan Francesc Marco took up his responsibilities as the Liceu's General Manager, one of his top priorities has been to perfect the artistic standards of the Liceu's Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and to secure the Liceu increasing prominence on the international scene. Thus enhancing the accomplishments of the Orchestra and Chorus will be one of the chief goals to be pursued by Sr Pons, in cooperation with the Chorus Director, José Luis Basso.
The appointment of Josep Pons as Music Director of the Liceu will be for six seasons, with the option of two more by mutual agreement. The number of performances he will conduct - concerts, operas and ballets - will increase from year to year.
The contract also assigns Maestro Pons a role in designing the Liceu's artistic activities, hiring guest conductors, and all matters to do with symphony and chamber concerts.
The appointment of Josep Pons will undoubtedly assure Catalonia's opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and its musical ensembles a position of the utmost distinction.
Josep Pons (Music director)
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 made his début at the Liceu with El amor brujo (1993-94) and has conducted many other operas there, the most recent being Król Roger (2009-10) and Scenes from Goethe's Faust (2011-12). He is the current music director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.