Cor de Noies
Part of the Escola Coral of the Orfeó Català, it is made up of thirty-four singers aged from sixteen to twenty-five, most of whom began their musical training in the school’s children's choirs. It was founded in 2000 and directed by Lluís Vilamajó for the first seven years, while Buia Reixach is now the director and Josep Surinyac the pianist.
The choir has worked with various conductors, including Xavier Sans, Javier Busto and Tomàs Grau; its singing teachers include Dolors Aldea and Francisco Poyato, among others. It has also worked with the organist David Malet and the Camera Musicae orchestra.
It has performed around Catalonia, Spain and beyond, appearing in Paris, Frankfurt and Mainz, among other cities. It has taken part in festivals, concert cycles and competitions. In 2005 it won second prize in the girls' choir category at the Cantonigròs International Music Festival Competition. It has also taken part in a variety of cultural events.
In 2002 it featured in the recording of the CD Cantem aquest Nadal, in 2004 it recorded the CD Viatjant… – a selection of traditional songs from Catalonia and other countries and religious music – and has recently released the CD Germinans on Columna Música featuring a collection of works for high voice choir and organ together with the organist David Malet. In June 2014 it premiered Els planetes by Jordi Domènech, a work written specifically for the choir.
The Escola Coral of the Orfeó Català is sponsored by the Fundación Banco Santander.
Buia Reixach i Feixes, directora
Born in Torelló in 1975, she began her musical studies at the age of 6 at the Escola de Música of Torelló. She studied singing with Cori Casanova, Myriam Alió and Dolors Aldea, with whom she completed the higher level. She was a member of the Capella de Música de Santa Maria del Mar, has worked with Al Ayre Español (E. López Banzo) and was a member of the group La Xantria (Pere-Lluís Biosca). She studied conducting under Josep Vila i Casañas, Mireia Barrera and Xavier Sans, among others.
She has been conductor of the Coral Infants Alegres of Torelló, Coral Cervià of Torelló, Coral Serpencanta of Manlleu and the Cordhomes (Osona).
She currently conducts the choirs of the Escola de Música of Manlleu, Nàiades-Cor de Noies, and has been conductor of the Cor de Noies of the Orfeó Català since September 2007.
Josep Surinyac, pianist
Born in Torelló (Barcelona), he began his musical studies with Montserrat Serra. He gained the advanced diploma in the piano at the Conservatori de Barcelona with Maria Jesús Crespo and Àngel Soler and subsequently pursued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Graham Johnson.
He has won prizes in various national and international chamber music competitions.
His interest in the vocal repertoire has led him to work with singers like Dolors Aldea, David Alegret, Nancy Argenta, Lynne Dawson, Jordi Domènech, Enric Martínez-Castignani, Marisa Martins, Inés Moraleda, Maria Lluïsa Muntada, Roger Padullés, Stefano Palatchi, Raquel Pierotti, Arianna Savall, Peter Udland and Lluís Vilamajó, among others, and he has performed as an accompanist in different Spanish cities and various European countries, as well as Israel, the United States and Japan.
His most recent discography includes two CDs with vocal music by Granados and Toldrà with Maria Lluïsa Muntada, and Schubert's Winterreise with Enric Martínez-Castignani. On several occasions he has been asked to take part in the Schubertíada in Vilabertran, accompanying recitals by Marisa Martins, with considerable success with audiences and critics.
He is currently the pianist for the Cor de Noies at the Palau de la Música Catalana, conducted by Buia Reixach, and gives classes in lied and chamber music at the ESMUC. He has also been invited on several occasions by the Fundació "la Caixa" to accompany the singing master classes by Nancy Argenta and Lynn Dawson as part of the historical performance course taught in different Spanish cities.