Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae (OCM), founded in 2006, enjoyed a great welcoming from the public due to their work in disseminating classical music among very diverse crowds, especially by targeting the young music-lover audience. They have performed in venues such as Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Auditori de Barcelona, Palau de la Música Catalana and Teatre Tarragona among others, having a stable musical season with their own productions at Palau de la Música and Teatre Tarragona.
Tomas Grau is the permanent artistic director and conductor, and since the 2017-2018 season, Salvador Mas initiated the role of main conductor, who previously played Jordi Mora and José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana. OCM launched their resident project at Auditori del Tívoli in Vendrell during the 2009-2010, currently ongoing.
Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae has collaborated with conductors such as Antoni Ros Marbà, Edmon Colomer, Salvador Brotons, John Rutter, Diego Martin-Etxebarria, Josep Vila i Casañas, Xavier Puig, Manel Valdivieso and Virginia Martínez, and soloists like Stephen Kovacevich, Sabine Meyer, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Alice Sara Ott, Sayaka Shoji, Albrecht Mayer, Avi Avital, Alexandra Soumm, Ainhoa Arteta, Asier Polo, Claudi Arimany, Judith Jáuregui, Massimo Spadano or Rafael Aguirre, among others.
Despite developing their main activities in Catalunya, OCM regularly performs around Spain and has toured Germany, Czech Republic and Switzerland. They have recorded Tempesta esvaïda (heritage recovery), De Catalunya al món, Un conte de Nadal and Mediterráneo.
Chief Conductor and Artistic Director
Born in Barcelona in 1979, Tomàs Grau studied music at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Música in the same city, where he became Senior Lecturer in Choir Conducting and was awarded the Prize of Honour in 2003. He continued his studies in Conducting at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, where he obtained the Superior Degree of Orchestra Conducting, achieving the highest qualifications, in 2007. He continued his studies with the Wiener Meisterkurse in 2006 and 2007, specializing in Orchestra Conducting.
He has studied with maestros of recognized international prestige such as Salvador Mas Conde, Jordi Mora, Pierre Cao, Gary Graden and José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana.
He has conducted, among others, national and international soloists such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sabine Meyer, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Melnikov, Steven Isserlis, Alice Sara Ott, Sayaka Shoji, Albrecht Mayer, Asier Polo, Pablo Ferrández, Judith Jáuregui, Núria Rial, Àngel Òdena, Claudi Arimany and Albert Guinovar, in the principal concert halls of Catalonia and Spain.
He is currently the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae, and is regularly invited to conduct other orchestras, such as the Orquestra Nacional Clàssica d’Andorra, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Múrcia, Orquesta Sinfónica Vigo 430, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecília, Orquesta Academia Galamian, Camerata Eduard Toldrà, Orquestra de Cambra de Vic, Orquestra de Cambra de Vila-seca and Orquestra de Cambra de Cervera, among others.
Principal Guest Conductor
Born in Barcelona, Salvador Mas was musically trained at the Escolania de Montserrat and the Conservatori Superior de Música in Barcelona. Having graduated from the Fundación Juan March and the Austrian Ministry of Research and Science, he studied orchestral and choral conducting with Hans Swarowsky and Günther Theuring, respectively, at the Superior School of Music and Dramatic Art in Vienna. He was awarded a scholarship twice that enabled him to study in Salzburg with Bruno Maderna and Franco Ferrara in Siena.
Salvador Mas has been honoured by the Fundación Española de la Vocación, the Austrian Ministry of Research and Science and the II Hans Swarowsky International Conductors Competition.
He began his professional career at the Staatstheater Mainz, and was appointed Chief Director of the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona and its principal guest conductor, and later, Conductor of Orfeó Català.
As well as conducting the main Spanish orchestras, Mas is regularly invited to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Romania and periodically by the Berlin Radio, Leipzig and Saarbrücken orchestras and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has been Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Würtemberg (Germany), the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, in Maastricht (The Netherlands), the Symphony Orchestra and the Musikverein Choir in Düsseldorf (Germany), the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada.