Josep Caballé-Domenech

Josep Caballé-Domenech

The protégé

Published in 2003

“The most important thing I learned from Sir Colin Davis was his attitude: his relaxed way of approaching and solving artistic problems – and human problems as well, which he feels are the same thing. He has great trust in people,” says Josep Caballé-Domenech.

The 30-year-old Spanish conductor was born into a family of musicians in Barcelona and from an early age studied piano, percussion, singing and violin at the Barcelona Conservatory. His conducting skills were honed under the tutelage of his father and numerous distinguished maestros, including David Zinman and Jorma Panula. “I have tried to learn from as many musicians as possible to absorb their different points of view,” he explains.

A winner of the 13th Nicolai Malko International Competition for Young Conductors (Copenhagen, May 2001) and of the First Competition for Young Conductors of the Asturias Symphony Orchestra (Spain 2000), Caballé-Domenech is today an up-and-coming conductor who appears regularly with orchestras in Spain and throughout Europe.

Among Caballé-Domenech’s notable performances were a February 1998 concert with Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen at New York’s Carnegie Hall and a well-received concert with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein in October 1999.

He conducted the Cleveland Orchestra in a joint concert with David Zinman at the 2001 Blossom Music Festival. Following his success at the Aspen Music Festival and School’s American Academy of Conducting where he won the 2001 Aspen Conducting Prize, he performed at the festival’s 2003 summer season.

For more information on Josep Caballé-Domenech, visit