Skip to page content

Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana

About this Artist

The chamber choir at the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Cor de Cambra, is one of the most prestigious professional choirs in Spain. The choir was founded by the Orfeó Català in 1990 with the goal of sharing universal choral music, helping to recover Catalan musical heritage, and encouraging new compositions. Former choir directors include Jordi Casas i Bayer, Josep Vila i Casañas, and Simon Halsey. Xavier Puig currently directs the choir and Jordi Armengol is the choir pianist.

All the choir members are required to have excellent vocal and artistic skills, which means the group has the musical abilities of a truly great choir. It has been conducted by great masters, such as René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Kent Nagano, Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, Christophe Rousset, Vladimir Jurowski, Daniele Gatti, Simon Carrington, and Fabio Biondi, and has collaborated with singers Philippe Jaroussky and Mark Padmore. The ensemble has been a member of the European Network for Professional Chamber Choirs (TENSO) since 2010.

Internationally, highlights include the choir’s 2017 debut at the BBC Proms in London, a tour with Jean-Christophe Spinosi and the Ensemble Matheus in 2018, and the choir’s debut at the MÜPA festival in Budapest in 2022, with a program of ensaladas and madrigals from the Catalan Renaissance. The St. John Passion by Bach, under the direction of Xavier Puig, the premiere of Reconnaissance by Kaija Saariaho and Invocation to the Earth by Xavier Pagès Corella, under the direction of Simon Halsey, were the highlights of the 2022 season. The most notable projects from the 2022/23 season include works by Palau de la Música Catalana guest composers Caroline Shaw and Ferran Cruixent (directed by Júlia Sesé, chorus master); a concert to commemorate the centenary of the Obra del Cançoner Popular de Catalunya (Folk Songbook of Catalonia) which, with the goal of sharing professional choral music throughout Catalonia, toured 15 towns and cities; a second collaboration with Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi on Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria by Monteverdi; and a new collaboration with Franco Fagioli and the Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal de Versailles, including two concerts at that venue.

Highlights from the 2023/24 season include performances of The Sacred Veil by Eric Whitacre at the Palau de la Música and the Festival Vocal Saulus in Zaragoza, conducted by the composer himself; a performance of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea alongside The English Concert, conducted by Harry Bicket as part of the Palau Opera concert series; Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr., together with Les Musiciens du Louvre and under the baton of Mark Minkowski, performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris; and performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio with the LA Phil, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, in concerts at home in Barcelona and on tour in Paris, London, and Los Angeles. This season the choir has also produced and performed in two of its own concerts: “A song to nature. A cry to the earth” and “A Schubertiade.”