The Cadaqués Orchestra enters a period of rest and reflection after the next tour

Dear Friends,

We would like to inform you that, after the next concert tour with conductor Gianandrea Noseda and clarinetist Martin Fröst (Zaragoza, December 10; Barcelona - BCN Clàssics, December 11; Madrid - Ibermúsica, December 12), the Cadaqués Orchestra will take a sabbatical for rest and reflection.

After thirty-one years representing Spain and Catalonia at venues all over the world, with excellent musicians and top-quality performances of international, Spanish and Catalan symphonic repertoire, the Cadaqués Orchestra bids its public farewell with an “au revoir “.

Since it was founded in 1988 under the baton of Edmon Colomer, the orchestra has worked with many leading conductors, including the legendary figures of Sir Neville Marriner and Gennady Rozhdestvensky, as well as Philippe Entremont, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christian Zacharias, Vasily Petrenko, Pablo González, Alberto Zedda, Michal Nesterowicz, Gianandrea Noseda (principal conductor since 1997) and Jaime Martín (chief conductor since 2011). During all this time, Llorenç Caballero has been the artistic director and driving force of the project.

The orchestra’s history includes appearances in the United States, Japan and Southeast Asia, the Dominican Republic, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In Spain, it is worth mentioning the long partnership with the Ibermúsica Festival, for which it has served as the resident orchestra in Madrid since the 1993-1994 season, as well as a long and fruitful relationship with the Auditorium of Zaragoza. And in Catalonia it is worth noting the frequent collaborations with the Festivals of Peralada and Cadaqués, as well as the stimulus of the BCN Clàssics cycle, for which it has been the resident orchestra since the first season, 2016-2017. The orchestra has also made numerous recordings under different conductors.

One of the distinguishing features of this ensemble is the continued support given to the recovery and promotion of Catalan and Spanish musical heritage, regularly programming a repertoire of the most famous national composers and also other less remembered ones. On the other hand, it has supported new composition too, commissioning works by the foremost composers on the current scene and including them in its repertoire, as well as promoting emerging young talent.

Special mention should also be made of the Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition, which has promoted the international careers of promising young conductors since the first event in 1992. The competition has taken place twelve times on a biannual basis and has presented figures such as Gianandrea Noseda, Gloria Isabel Ramos, Vasily Petrenko, Pablo González, Andrew Gourlay, Lorenzo Viotti and Nuno Coelho among others.

Furthermore, the Cadaqués Orchestra was an example of successful musical education during the late 1980s and 1990s, with Spanish musicians forming its core (it was founded almost at the same time as the National Youth Orchestra of Spain - JONDE) and consolidating one of the few stable private symphonic orchestras in Spain.

With pleasure and pride taken in everything that has been achieved during this long period of activity, the orchestra would like to express its thanks for all the support received over these thirty-one years and we hope that the musicians who have been members will continue to share their music with the same passion and commitment shown in each and every one of our concerts.


30 November 2019

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Diputació de Girona
Generalitat de Catalunya
Gobierno de España
Institut Ramón Llull