Pablo Larraz, assistant conductor
He has been assistant conductor of the Orfeó Català since 2010 and coordinator in charge of the vocal and musical training the singers receive. All the singers in the Orfeó receive regular individual classes in vocal technique, taught by a team of teachers coordinated and led by Pablo Larraz. As assistant conductor of the Orfeó and in coordination with Simon Halsey, he prepares and conducts rehearsals and concerts when it is necessary.
Josep Buforn, pianist
Born in Barcelona, he studied at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu. He qualified as a pianist through the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (England), as well as studying at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Música in Barcelona with Maria Jesús Crespo. He has received master classes from Luiz de Moura Castro, Nina Drath, Nina Svetlanova and Peter Bithell.
He won first prize in the competition for young performers in Vilafranca del Penedès and also the 1st Ricard Vinyes piano competition in Lleida. He recently won the prize for best piano accompanist in Spain at the Intercentros competition in Madrid.
With extensive experience as a repertory pianist, as an accompanist and in chamber music, he has also worked with the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and the Banda Municipal de Barcelona.
He performed in Mexico for the opera La serva padrona by Pergolesi, and with the violist Rivka Golani as part of the 5th International Music Course in Tarragona. In 2007 he took part in the premier of African Sanctus conducted by Fred Sjöberg at the Auditori de Barcelona and in Andorra. He worked with Harry Christophers on Händel's Coronation Anthems. He recently performed Mozart's Concerto no. 9 for Piano and Orchestra at the Palau de la Música. He also works regularly with the Cor Vivaldi, directed by Òscar Boada. He has performed in Germany, Austria, Jordan and Croatia.
He has recorded a collection of works by Falla, Granados, Mompou and Amargós together with the soprano Olga Serra, and Stabat Mater with Alberto García Demestres.
He is currently repertory pianist and music teacher at the Conservatori del Liceu and works with the Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana. It has been the pianist of the Cor Jove de l'Orfeó Català from 2001 until 2016 and currently he is the Orfeó Català pianist.