Gran Teatre del Liceu Extends Josep Pons as Music Director

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Gran Teatre del Lice in Barcelona ​​has re-elected Josep Pons as Musical Director until 2026.

The news follows recent announcements that Pablo Assante would be the company’s new Choral Director and Conxita Badía as the new Deputy Director of the Musical Direction.

Pons was born in Puigreig, Catalonia, Spain in 1957. He received musical training at the Escolanía de Montserrat and later he studied composition in Barcelona with Josep Soler i Sardá; he also studied conducting with Antoni Ros-Marbá. He was co-founder of the Orquesta de Cambra Teatre Lliure, in Barcelona and in 1992 he was charged with the musical direction of the ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympic Games. Two years later he was Director of the City of Granada Orchestra and also assumed the direction of the National Orchestra of Spain.

The re-elected Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu has been awarded with the City of Barcelona Prize, and the National Music Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, among others. Pons has a repertoire specialized in 20th century music with works by de Falla, Frederic Mompou, Isaac Albéniz, Robert Gerhard, Stravinsky, Luis de Pablo, Joan Albert Amargós, Josep Soler, and Astor Piazzolla.