Regarded as the leading Spanish conductor of his generation, Josep Pons has built strong relationships with the 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 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons will see Pons return to Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also debut with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI.
As Music Director of Gran Teatre del Liceu he conducts a number of productions in Barcelona each season, most recently Così fan tutte, Benvenuto Cellini, and Siegfried (as part of an ongoing cycle of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen). 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 Music Director of Orquesta Ciudad de Granada between 1994-2004.
Josep Pons' discography of over 50 CDs and DVDs, 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. Furture releases include a project with regular collaborator Matthias Goerne for Harmonia Mundi, and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony on Deutsche Grammophon.
Josep Pons began his musical training at the prestigious Escolanía de Montserrat. The secular tradition and intense study of both Polyphony and contemporary music in this centre marked his later development both musically and intellectually. In 1999 he received the Spanish National Music Prize for his outstanding work on twentieth century music.