BIOGRAPHY

Juan Cantarell was born in Barcelona where he studied piano at the Academia Marshall with Alicia de Larrocha and Mercè Roldós. He studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Karl Österreicher and Julius Kalmar and at the same time he continued the studies of piano with Carmen Graf-Adnet and Hans Graf. He made his debut at the Musikverein of Vienna directing the Pro-Arte Orchester Wien. He realised the Postgraduate conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with Sir Colin Davis, Colin Metters and George Hurst, obtaining the Diploma of Advanced Studies. Colin Davis wrote about him: “I can recommend him as a very serious and gifted musician”. He has done some Conducting Master Courses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (Italy) with Ferdinand Leitner, Ilia Musin and Valery Gergiev. Since his debut in Spain, conducting the Orchestra Camerata Mediterrànea with Alícia of Larrocha as a soloist at the Schubertiada in Vilabertran, has realised numerous concerts in England, Italy, Germany, France, Poland, Czech Republic and Canada. A highlight was his presentation in the Palau de la Música Catalana with The London New Sinfonia Orchestra, at the invitation of the Conservatoire Superior de música del Liceu to conduct the concert of his 160th anniversary to the Main Hall of the UNESCO in Paris. His debut at the Staatsoper of Prague with the Orchestra and Choir of the Opera and the soloist Eva Randovà, his presentation at the Festival of Modern Music of Quebec, etc. tours across Germany with the Artur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic and the Cappella Istropolitana of Bratislava.

Likewise, he was the Musical Director of the show “Fés córrer la veu!” directed by film-maker Rosa Vergés in the opening concerts of the new Auditorium of Barcelona and the lyric show “A te, Bellini”, premièred at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and on tour at several theatres in Spain this season.

He has been musical assistant to the Chorusmaster of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, William Spaulding, and repertoire pianist at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya). From 2010 he took the challenge to found the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Barcelona IPSI School of Music with the collaboration of one of the finest youth choirs in Spain, the Cor Vivaldi-Petits cantors de Catalunya.

From season 2015 he has been appointed Musical Assistant to Karel Mark Chichon at the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken. From 2015 he has started his collaboration with the Philharmonic Orchestra Mihail Jora-Bacau (Romania) where he has conducted Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca and several symphonic concerts, and he has recently been appointed as First Permanent Guest Conductor.

In 2017 he was appointed Musical Director of the Hunedoara Lirica Festival (Deva, Romania), where he started with Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s Rigoletto, comming back this season for Verdi’s Macbeth and Il Trovatore, conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Sate Opera Ruse. He is President of the Jury at the Vox Artis singing competition in Sibiu, where he also conducts the State Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently he has also been invited to conduct the European Sinfonietta (Gibraltar), Lower Silesian Philharmonie (Poland), Arad State Philharmonic at the IRNO Festival Salerno (Italy), among other orchestras. Upcoming concerts includes debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (OFGC), stage rehearsals with the Wiener Kammerorchester at the Vienna Konzerthaus, concert with opera star Elina Garanca and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Bratislava (Slovakia), and at the Thurn und Taxis Festival (Regensburg, Germany), Puccini’s “La bohème” at Bacau, among others.

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Juan Cantarell nació en Barcelona, donde estudió piano en la Academia Marshall con Alícia de Larrocha y Mercedes Roldós. Estudió dirección de orquesta en la Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien con Prof. Karl Österreicher y Julius Kalmar, continuando sus estudios de piano con Carmen Graf-Adnet y Hans Graf y debutó en la Musikverein de Viena dirigiendo la Pro-Arte Orchester Wien. Realizó los Postgraduate Conducting Studies en la Royal Academy of Music (London) con Sir Colin Davis, Colin Metters y George Hurst, obteniendo el Diploma of Advanced Studies. Ha participado en los Cursos de perfeccionamiento de la Accademia Chigiana de Siena (Italia) con Ferdinand Leitner, Ilia Musin y Valery Gergiev, entre otros.

A destacar su presentación en el Palau de la música Catalana con The London New Sinfonia Orchestra, la invitación del Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo para dirigir el concierto de su 160 aniversario en la Sala principal de la UNESCO de París, su debut en la Staatsoper Praga con la Orquesta y coro de la Ópera, con la solista Eva Randovà, su presentación en el Festival de Música Moderna de Quebec: Tournées en Alemania con la Atrur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra y la Cappella Istropolitana de Bratislava.

Así mismo, fue Director musical del espectáculo “Fés córrer la veu!”, realizado por la directora de cine Rosa Vergés para los conciertos de innauguración del nuevo Auditori de Barcelona, y el espectáculo lírico “A te, Bellini!, estrenado en el Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid y llevado en tournée por diversos teatros españoles.

Ha sido asistente musical del Maestro de Coro del Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, William Spaulding y pianista repertorista en la ESMUC.

Desde 2010 refunda y dirige la Orquesta sinfónica de la Escola IPSI de Barcelona, ofreciendo dos programas formativos anuales y contando con la colaboración de uno de los mejores coros juveniles de España, el Cor Vivaldi-Petits cantors de Catalunya.

Desde la temporada 2015 ha sido Asistente musical de Karel Mark Chichon en la Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken. En 2015 inició su colaboración con la Philharmonic Orchestra Mihail Jora-Bacau (Romania), con la que ha dirigido Madama Butterfly y Tosca de Puccini, diversos programas sinfónicos, y de la cual ha sido recientemente nombrado Primer Director invitado Permanente.

En 2017 fue nombrado Director musical del Festival Hunedoara Lirica (Deva, Rumanía), donde dirigió Tosca y Rigoletto, y en 2018 Macbeth e Il trovatore (Verdi), con la Orquesta y coro de la State Opera Ruse (Bulgaria).

Es el Presidente del Jurado del concurso de canto Vox Artis en Sibiu, donde dirige regularmente la State Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra. Recientemente ha sido invitado a dirigir la European Sinfonietta (Gibraltar), Lower Silesian Philharmonie (Polonia), Arad State Philharmonic en el IRNO Festival Salerno (Italia), entre otras orquestas.Próximos compromisos incluyen el debut con la Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (julio 2019), ensayos con la Wiener Kammerorchester (Konzerthaus, Viena) y asistencia a Karel Mark Chichon, conciertos con Elina Garanca en Bratislava (octubre 2019, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz) y en el Thurn und Taxis Schlossfestpiel (Regensburg, julio 2020), “La bohème” de Puccini en Bacau, etc.

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