Orfeó Català

The Orfeó Català is one of the country’s  leading amateur choirs.  Founded more than 125 years ago, in 1891, by Lluís Millet and Amadeu Vives, its purpose was to showcase the Catalan and international choral repertoires, and to ensure the excellence of its performances.

Currently, Pablo Larraz is the main conductor, Montse Meneses is the second director and Pau Casan, the pianist. The Orfeó Català also has Simon Halsey as the main guest conductor and Luis Vilamajó and Basilio Astúlez as collaborating conductors. It is based in the Palau de la Música Catalana, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Orfeó has performed many of the most important works in the choral repertoire, including national premieres of such masterpieces as Bach’s B minor Mass and Haydn’s The Seasons.  The choir has sung under the batons of internationally renowned conductors including Richard  Strauss, Camille Saint- Saëns, Pau Casals, Zubin Mehta, Frans Brüggen, Mstislav Rostropovich, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel, among others. In recent years the choir has made its debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Gulbenkian Hall in Lisbon, and toured Italy with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti.  It has performed in London on two previous occasions - in 2015 at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and in 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall, its Proms debut.  In October 2017 the Orfeó performed the European premiere of Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson, conducted by Simon Halsey.

The 2018-19 season brought many important international commitments to the Orfeó Català, including a tour of China for the Shanghai International Arts Festival, and concerts with Gustavo Dudamel and the Munich Philharmonic in Madrid, Munich and at the Palau de la Música Catalana.