Josep Pons
Conductor

“It was clear that Josep Pons had his own, often very creative, ideas” (Alan Saunders, Classical Source)

Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Federico Hernandez +44 (0)20 3725 9184
Marie Strube +44 (0)20 3725 9120

Biography

Music Director: Gran Teatre del Liceu
Honorary Conductor: Orquesta Nacional de España

 

Regarded as the leading Spanish conductor of his generation, Josep Pons has built strong relationships with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and BBC Symphony Orchestra - the latter including several appearances at the BBC Proms. 

In addition to continuing these relationships, the 2017/18 season will see Pons return to BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Sinfónica de Galicia. He will also have new collaborations with Tokyo Symophony Orchestra and Suzhou Symphony Orchestra as well as Festival Casals and Klavier-Festival Ruhr.

Music Director: Gran Teatre del Liceu
Honorary Conductor: Orquesta Nacional de España

 

Regarded as the leading Spanish conductor of his generation, Josep Pons has built strong relationships with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and BBC Symphony Orchestra - the latter including several appearances at the BBC Proms. 

In addition to continuing these relationships, the 2017/18 season will see Pons return to BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Sinfónica de Galicia. He will also have new collaborations with Tokyo Symophony Orchestra and Suzhou Symphony Orchestra as well as Festival Casals and Klavier-Festival Ruhr.

As Music Director of Gran Teatre del Liceu he conducts a number of productions in Barcelona each season, most recently Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro and Elektra. This season he will give opera performances of Roméo et Juliette and Tristan und Isolde as well as a number of symphony concerts. He also holds the position of Honorary Conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de España having previously served as their Artistic Director for nine years during which he substantially raised their international profile. He was also appointed Horonary Conductor of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada last season.

Josep Pons' discography of over 50 CDs and DVDs mostly released by harmonia mundi and Deutsche Grammophone, includes recordings of Falla and French repertoire regarded as benchmark interpretations and earning numerous awards. His recording of Noches en los jardines de España with Javier Perianes won a Choc de la Musique, Melancolía with Patricia Petibon received a Gramophone Editor's Choice, and his collaboration with Tomatito earned him a Latin Grammy. His last recording of Berio’s Sinfonia and Mahler/Berio’s 10 Frühe Lieder with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Matthias Goerne, won the BBC Music Award, Choc de la musique and Télérama Ffff awards and was among the 10 Best CD’s of the year of Presto Classical.

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Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Federico Hernandez +44 (0)20 3725 9184
Marie Strube +44 (0)20 3725 9120

Reviews

“Josep Pons’s new, gorgeously textured performance couples the endlessly fascinating work with Berio’s two-decades-later, light-touch orchestrations of Mahler songs, sung with heart-piercing point by Matthias Goerne.” (Irish Times, October 2016)

“Pons' sense of powerful control served to underline the deep emotional colours of this piece” (bachtrack, October 2016)

“Josep Pons performs here a kind of symphonic synthesis of the score, addressing the key moments of this human tragedy. He cleverly mixes the purely orchestral passages and those in which the vocal interventions are largely supported by a very active orchestra ... The music direction of Josep Pons ardently emphasizes the work of epic character in a deployment of orchestral dynamics, from the finest pianissimos to the tragic fortissimos.” (Classic Toulouse, January 2016)

“Josep Pons’s new, gorgeously textured performance couples the endlessly fascinating work with Berio’s two-decades-later, light-touch orchestrations of Mahler songs, sung with heart-piercing point by Matthias Goerne.” (Irish Times, October 2016)

“Pons' sense of powerful control served to underline the deep emotional colours of this piece” (bachtrack, October 2016)

“Josep Pons performs here a kind of symphonic synthesis of the score, addressing the key moments of this human tragedy. He cleverly mixes the purely orchestral passages and those in which the vocal interventions are largely supported by a very active orchestra ... The music direction of Josep Pons ardently emphasizes the work of epic character in a deployment of orchestral dynamics, from the finest pianissimos to the tragic fortissimos.” (Classic Toulouse, January 2016)

“During the whole concert, Josep Pons is as usual very efficient, the gesture is precise and the orchestra responds perfectly.” (Classique info)

“Pons began the programme with a vital and warmhearted account of Stravinsky's Scherzo à la Russe, and created an immaculately textured underlay for Frank Peter Zimmermann's lyrically rhapsodic approach to the Brahms Violin Concerto...” (The Guardian)

“Pons isn’t used to working with the SCO, and Falla isn’t a composer they’ve done very often; but exciting results can come from such circumstances, and so it proved tonight with an exciting, throbbing performance of both works that pulsed with Latin life and gleamed with Mediterranean sunlight.” (Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International)

”In this superbly well-played account the smaller-sized BBCSO showed just what a first-class band it is. No little credit in this regard is due to Josep Pons.” (Classical Source)

“It was clear that Josep Pons had his own, often very creative, ideas.” (Alan Saunders, Classical Source)