Born in Barcelona, Spain, into a family of musicians, Josep Caballé-Domenech studied piano, percussion, singing and violin. He took conducting lessons with David Zinman and Jorma Panula at the Aspen Music Festival, also studying with Sergiu Comissiona and at Vienna’s University of Music and Scenic Arts.
Josep Caballé-Domenech has conducted many European orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle, WDR Cologne, Swedish Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Munich Radio, Barcelona Symphony, Giuseppe Verdi Symphony and Trondheim Symphony orchestras, among others. He has been principal guest conductor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include the production of Torroba’s Luisa Fernanda at the Theater an der Wien with Plácido Domingo and the RSO Wien, his Japanese debut with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, an opera world premiere at the Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu, a new production of Puccini’s Tosca at the Vienna Volksoper and debuts with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Wien, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and OFUNAM México.
Highlights of the 2010–11 season include a production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at the Aspen Music Festival, debuts with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Belo Horizonte Orchestra in Brazil, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Arriaga, and he will return to the Stavanger Symphony, Granada Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, RTVE Symphony, Bern Symphony and Graz Recreation orchestras, among others.
In the opera world, Josep Caballé-Domenech made his debut with Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu conducting performances of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. He has since led the company in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Granados’s Maria del Carmen and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and also conducted them at the Savonlinna Festival and in Venice at La Fenice. Josep Caballé-Domenech has conducted Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Vienna Volksoper and Stuttgart State Opera, and Puccini’s La Bohème at the Figueira da Foz Festival with Lisbon’s Teatro São Carlos.
Josep Caballé-Domenech was awarded the Aspen Prize from the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. He was selected to be Sir Colin Davis’s protégé in the first Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative’s inaugural cycle (2002–3).
Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most prodigious orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences worldwide first-class performances and the highest possible standards of music-making across a diverse range of repertoire. This was the vision of the orchestra’s flamboyant founder Sir Thomas Beecham, whose legacy is maintained today as the orchestra thrives under the exceptional leadership of its new artistic director and principal conductor, Charles Dutoit.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is London-based and performs a prestigious series of concerts each year at South Bank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, featuring artists of the highest calibre. Its London home is at Cadogan Hall, just off Sloane Square, where concert-goers enjoy an intimate atmosphere in an idyllic location. Complementing the concert series at Cadogan Hall, the orchestra regularly performs in the magnificent Royal Albert Hall, presenting works of great magnitude designed to suit the immensity of this historic and grand venue.
As an international orchestra, the RPO has toured more than 30 countries in the last five years. Recent tours have included performances in Egypt, Russia, Spain, Italy, Germany, the USA, China and the Far East.
Frequently found in the recording studio, the orchestra records extensively for film and television as well as for all the major commercial record companies. The RPO also owns its own record label and is proud to be the first UK orchestra to stream its entire series of concerts live from Cadogan Hall.