• Founded in 1944, the OBC goes back over 70 years.

  • The OBC has won the Latin Grammy three times.

  • Has toured Europe, Asia and the United States.

The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) was founded by the City Council of Barcelona in 1944, as a consolidation of the Pau Casals Orchestra project (1920-1937) that the Civil War interrupted. Nowadays, while maintaining the original spirit of Pau Casals, open to the world and committed to society, it nurtures our artists and our heritage, and has a mission to disseminate symphonic music, mainly from the nineteenth century in current creations.

Open to the world and committed to society

Since 1999, the Auditori has as its own, a work of the Navarrese architect Rafael Moneo, where over twenty seasonal programmes are performed, as well as other concerts that bring orchestral music closer to the public: cinema in original version, family and school concerts, experimental music, operas and chamber music.

It also organizes concerts in emblematic places such as the Cathedral Square, Barceloneta Beach or the Sagrada Familia.

  • Cathedral Square - Barcelona
    Cathedral Square - Barcelona
  • Barceloneta Beach
    Barceloneta Beach
  • Sagrada Família
    Sagrada Família

The first principal conductor was Eduard Toldrà, and since September 2015 it has been Kazushi Ono, who also directs the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Jan Willem de Vriend is currently the principal guest conductor. Other principal conductors have been Rafael Ferrer, Antoni Ros Marbà, Salvador Mas, Franz-Paul Decker, Luis Antonio García Navarro, Lawrence Foster, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Eiji Oue and Pablo González. It has also been conducted by Ataulfo Argenta, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Celibidache, Sergiu Comissiona, Christoph von Dohnányi, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Valeri Gergiev, Christopher Hogwood, Eliahu Inbal, Maris Jansons, Clemens Krauss, Emmanuel Krivine, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Witold Lutoslawski, Peter Maag, Bruno Maderna, Yehudi Menuhin, Marc Minkowski, Michel Plasson, Georges Prêtre, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

  • Lawrence Foster
    Lawrence Foster
  • Pablo González
    Pablo González
  • Valeri Gergiev
    Valeri Gergiev

Among the guest soloists, Lang Lang, Janine Jansen, Daniel Barenboim, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Isaac Stern, Radu Lupu, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Arcadi Volodos, Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza, Alicia de Larrocha, Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich , Joshua Bell, Gidon Kremer, Truls Mørk, Viktoria Mullova, Piotr Anderzewski, Gil Shaham, Rudolf Buchbinder, Joaquín Achúcarro, Claudio Arrau, Arthur Rubinstein...

  • Alicia de Larrocha
    Alicia de Larrocha
  • Janine Jansen
    Janine Jansen
  • Lang Lang
    Lang Lang

In more than 70 years of experience, the Orchestra has scheduled numerous premieres and has made several recordings with Decca, EMI, Auvidis, Koch, Claves, Naxos, Telarc and BIS, among others, performing works by Montsalvatge, Gerhard, Falla, D'Albert, Albéniz, Donhány, Bartók, Bizet and Rodrigo. Among them are the Concierto de Aranjuez , with the outstanding guitarist Xuefei Yang for the EMI record label, and the monographs of Albéniz and Garreta with the Tritó label. It also has a collaboration with Naxos, with whom it has edited Carmen , by Bizet, as well as other recordings of works by Meyerbeer, Montsalvatge, Massenet and Granados, whose entire symphonic work has been recorded. On the other hand, it has won the Latin Grammy for "Best Classical Album" three times: in 2000 with La Dolores , in 2004 with the Carmen Symphony and the year 2006 with Rhapsody in Blue .

Tours

The Orchestra has maintained ongoing artistic activity abroad, with tours in different European, Asian and United States countries, which have allowed it to perform in renowned venues such as Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center or Carnegie Hall, and take part in international festivals such as the Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In addition, in Barcelona and within the framework of its collaboration with the Gran Teatre del Liceu, where it performed a concert version of the operas The Gambler, Daphne, The Magic Flute, Rienzi, Il Tabarro, La Voce in off and La voix hummaine.

  • Japan Tour: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Concert Hall. 1992
    Japan Tour: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Concert Hall. 1992
  • USA Tour: Carnegie Hall. 2002
    USA Tour: Carnegie Hall. 2002
  • Amsterdam Tour 2018: Het Concertgebouw
    Amsterdam Tour 2018: Het Concertgebouw

The OBC is integrated into the Consortium of l’Auditori i l’Orquestra, formed by the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council.

The OBC is member of

  • Asociación Española de Orquestas Sinfónicas
  • Association francaise des orchestres (AFO)

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