The Cadaqués Orchestra was founded in 1988 on the initiative of a group of young musicians from Spain and other countries in Europe who wanted to form a classical with certain clear goals: to work closely with living contemporary composers; to recover a legacy of Spanish music that has been unjustly forgotten; and to promote the careers of up-and-coming soloists, composers and conductors.
With Mediterranean roots but possessing a clearly cosmopolitan orientation, the Cadaqués Orchestra received immediate recognition on the music scene for the quality and commitment of its musicians and the dynamism of its projects.
Conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Philippe Entremont gave their support to the project and became principal guest musicians, as did Alicia de Larrocha, Teresa Berganza, Paco de Lucía, Victòria dels Àngels, Montserrat Caballé, Jonas Kaufmann, Olga Borodina, Juan Diego Florez, Gabriela Montero and Denis Kozhukhin among others.
In 1992, one of the orchestra’s most notable initiatives was launched: Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition, an event which – with the collaboration of other Spanish orchestras – opened the doors of the professional market to young conductors from all over the world. Pablo González, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, Michal Nesterowicz or Lorenzo Viotti have been some of the winners of this competition who today occupy important conducting posts in renowned orchestras.
Gianandrea Noseda, winner of the 1994 Competition, was appointed principal conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra in 1998, and Jaime Martín, one of the founding members of the orchestra and principal flutist for over twenty years, was appointed chief conductor in 2011.
With the aim of promoting contemporary music, the Cadaqués Orchestra created the Cadaqués Orchestra Ensemble and the figure of the resident composer. During these twenty years of its existence the ensemble has premiered numerous works written expressly by Spanish composers such as Xavier Montsalvatge, Jesús Rueda, Hèctor Parra, Jesús Torres, Luis de Pablo and Joan Guinjoan.
The Cadaqués Orchestra has made numerous recordings at the hands of its principal conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Gianandrea Noseda and Jaime Martín, released on the Tritó and Philips labels, and also a collection of classical music works for children. The orchestra is also involved in educational projects, collaborating with various Spanish youth orchestras.
The Cadaqués Orchestra has made tours of concerts in Germany, Holland, France, Portugal, USA, Dominican Republic and through 12 Asian countries, including Japan, Korea and China. The Cadaqués Orchestra operates as a private entity.
Highlights of 2017-18 season include the Opening of Musikfest Bremen in August 2017; three concerts at Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg in October 2017; a tour with Gianandrea Noseda conducting Mozart Requiem and a tour with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Denis Kozhukhin in May 2018. Returns to Austria, Switzerland and Slovakia will take place in 2019.
It counts on the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Spanish Government and the Department of Culture of the Generalitat Government of Catalonia for its tours.