Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona JOSB
Barcelona Ciutat de Música JOSB
Carrer d’Hipòlit Lázaro, 34, entresuelo 2ª
Telephone: (+34) 932 106 685
Managing Director: Luís Gibert
Accounting and Finances: Esteve Planes
Institutional Relations: Carmen del Castillo Guasch
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Carlos Checa
4th 2018-2019 Season of the JOSB
The Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona was created in 2015 led by the artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Checa. As musical, educational and cultural activity, it complements the training of young performers, encouraging their educational development in a framework of high artistic level, sharing knowledge, enthusiasm, effort and talent.
The JOSB was introduced on October 25th 2015 in the foyer of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and since its inaugural season, 2015-2016, it has collaborated with guest conductors like Josep Caballé Domenech, Joshua Dos Santos, Manuel Hernández Silva, Salvador Brotons, Rubén Gimeno, Íñigo Pirfano and Michael Thomas and with professors of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) and the Orquesta del Gran Teatre del Liceu. The JOSB counts with the support of institutions like Barcelona Town Hall, Barcelona University, Centro Cívico La Sedeta , Asociación Barcelona Ciutat de Música, Mercedes-Benz AutoBeltran and Gratacós 1940.
The JOSB, currently consists of 60 young musicians and also develops tasks of steadfast cooperation with different organisations; it has performed charity concerts in the Auditori de Barcelona for Cáritas, thanks to the Orden Constantiniano de Sant Jordi; a fundraising concert for the Fundación Pascual Maragall; and also a solidarity concert in the Prison of Can Brians in Barcelona. On the other hand, it has collaborated with the programme ‘La Marató’ of TV3; in the recording of a video clip with Mónica Naranjo inside the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family Church), and a theme song included in the CD of 2016 which sold more than 220,000 copies.
Since 2017, the JOSB has been collaborating with the AFAB (Alzheimer Patients’ Family Association) and annually offers a charity concert in the Palau de la Música Catalana. In its fourth 2018-2019 season, the first tour through Spain should be highlighted and besides performing in the Palau de la Música again visits the Auditori de Barcelona counting with guest conductors like Joshua Dos Santos, Francesc Prat and Virginia Martínez.
Carlos Checa is the principal conductor and artistic director of the Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and since November 2016, he works for the Universal Music Label as musical director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Universal Music.
He entered the international scenario in China in 2005 conducting the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; in 2009 he performed for the first time with excellent critics with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Cadogan Hall of London and by personal invitation of maestro Gustavo Dudamel, in May 2014 performed for the first time in Venezuela in ‘El Sistema’.
Carlos Checa has also conducted symphonic orchestras like the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Perú, Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa (México), Wroclaw Philharmonic (Poland), Pomeranian Philharmonic of Bydgoszcz (Poland), Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional de Honduras, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mendoza (Argentina) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Francisco de Miranda (Venezuela). In Spain he has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica RTVE, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Málaga, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Ciudad Real, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia, Orquesta Manuel de Falla and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife.
Since 2012, he regularly collaborates in the season ‘Cuenca Ciudad de Música’, where he has performed brilliant concerts like the homage paid to Teresa Berganza at the Auditorio de Cuenca, the tour for the main auditoriums of the Castilla-La Mancha Community with the opera The Little Sweep by Britten, and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Auditorio de Cuenca, with the production of the opera The Magic Flute by Mozart.
In the field of contemporary music, he has conducted releases of Spanish composers like Andrés Valero Castells, José Luís López Aranda, Albert Carbonell and Paco Toledo with whom EMEC label launched in 2015 his Sinfonía Hipodinámica, a work recorded under the baton of Carlos Checa together with the Orquesta Manuel de Falla.
Carlos Checa has conducted soloists like Xuefei Yang, José Menor, Mathilde Borsarello, Cristina Montes, Luís Fernando Pérez, Alejandro Friedhoff and symphonic concerts and international tours with artists of Universal Music like Isabel Pantoja and Miguel Ríos.
Carlos Checa started his music studies at the age of 6 and his first steps conducting an orchestra were guided by maestro Francesc Llongueres. In 2001, in the care of maestro Albert Argudo, he obtained the higher degree in orchestra conducting with maximum qualifications at the Higher Conservatory of Music of Barcelona, his birth city. Moreover, he is specialised in composition, instrumentation and musical education and studies piano, oboe and violin.
In 2005 he created the Festival Internacional de Música Serranía de Cuenca-FIMUC, and in 2006 he received a scholarship from the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España. Carlos Checa has extended his musical training with maestros Kurt Masur, Antoni Ros Marbà and George Phelivanian.