WHO ARE WE
Cor Bruckner Barcelona is a choral group numbering about forty members. Initially set up as a chamber choir, the members’ regular vocal training, the choir’s diverse musical activity and the rich Catalan choral scene, have seen the choir grow and establish itself as one of the leading amateur choirs in Catalonia today.
The choir rehearse every Thursday in Barcelona and often participate in professional productions at music venues across the city. These performances are combined with a cappella programms which keep the choir’s original spirit alive, while also allowing the choir to work on technical aspects to continue improving
Cor de Cambra Anton Bruckner (currently Cor Bruckner Barcelona) was founded by Sergi Moreno Lasalle in 2003. During its first years, the choir was focused on performing Baroque repertoire. In 2007, Josep M. Mindan and Júlia Sesé took over the direction of the choir. They worked together to broaden the choir’s repertoire and change its focus to 20th-century music. In 2009, Josep Ramon Oliver joined the team and shared conducting duties with Júlia Sesé for the following three years. During this period, the choir performed a mixture of a capella programmes and orchestral-choral music. In September 2012, Júlia Sesé became the choir’s sole director.
Cor Anton Bruckner has successfully participated in a number of choral competitions. Prizes include: second place at the International Choir Competition in Malgrat de Mar (2011); second place at the 11th Antonio José National Choral Contest (Burgos, Spain in 2012); second place at the 34th Choral Contest Fira de Tots Sants in Cocentaina (Spain, 2014) and third place, as well as the Audience Award, at the XLVII Certamen Coral Ejea de los Caballeros (Zaragoza 2018).
The choir has participated in the Orfeó Català Choral Cycle at the Palau de la Musica Catalana (June 2016) and the Bach Cantatas Cycle at l’Auditori de Barcelona. During the summer of 2017, Cor Bruckner Barcelona was the pilot choir for Helmut Rilling’s masterclass at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music which was held in Barcelona.
Cor Bruckner Barcelona has collaborated with ensembles such as the Orquestra Terrassa 48, Simfònica del Vallès, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC), Barcelona Trombone Quartet, Orquestra Barroca Catalana, Orquestra Júlià Carbonell de les Terres de Lleida, Orquestra de Cadaqués and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC). The choir has also performed under conductors Xavier Puig, Manel Valdivieso, Òscar Boada, Juan de la Rubia, Alfons Reverté, Xavier Pastrana, Brady A. Allred, Antoni Wit and Kazushi Ono.
Apol·lònia Barceló, Vanessa Castillo, Maria Cobo, Anna Cortijos, Irene Cuxart, Clara Enrich, Laura Espriu, Judith Gabarró, Berta Galofré, Yaiza Gutiérrez, Iris Mañá, Marta Reig, Maria Traver, Anna Wright.
Francesc Alba, Berta Armengol, Elna Bagés, Aina Bertran, Elvira Bullich, Míriam Farré, Ma Remei Ferrer, Berta Pi, Mariona Reixach, Maria Riu, Alexandra Torres, Xiomara Villa.
Alejandro Arce, Isaac Campos, Josep Carreras, Joan Chaparro, Daniel Gálvez, Sebastià Huerta, Tomàs Lledó, Ferran Jovell, Ruben Ortiz, Pau Tallada, Miquel Villalba.
Robert Bailey, Daniel Falces, Pau Font, Ignasi Güell, Gil Lladó, Miguel Noguera, Josep Rebled, Juan Carlos Segurana, Josep Tarragó, Damià Torres.
JÚLIA SESÉ LARA
Conductor and soprano
Júlia Sesé Lara holds a degree in Choral Conducting (2006) under Pierre Cao, and Classical Voice (2012), under Mireia Pintó, from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). In both 2010 and 2011, she was awarded the grant for singers from the Victòria del Àngels Foundation. She continued her studies in conducting with masterclasses in the Netherlands under Eric Ericson, in Norway under M. Gläser and J. Van Veldhoven, in Italy under D. Warl and S. Carrington and in Spain under H. Christophers and J. Duijck.
As a singer, Júlia Sesé Lara has participated in masterclasses under H. Höll in Finland and in Barcelona under W. Rieger. She is also specialized in vocal technique for contemporary music from l’Abbaye de Royaumont in France, under G. Jourdan.
She has performed as a soloist alongside l’Orquestra Barroca Catalana, l’Orquestra Murtra Ensemble, l’Orquestra Girona XXI, l’Orquestra Les Talents Lyriques, Quartet Filharmonia de Barcelona, La Colombina and the Orfeó Catalá. She performed the roles of Saïdnen/Montserrat in the musical Mar i Cel (music by Albert Guinovart) with the theatre company Dagoll Dagom.
She is the assistant conductor of the professional choir, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música, which is conducted by S.Halsey and is a member of the European Network, TENSO. She has conducted the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana on several occasions, including the performances of Kantikipugui (January 2018 and February 2019) and in the Festa de la Música (February 2020). She has prepared programmes for S. Halsey, M. Guinand, X. Puig, S. Carrington, J. C. Spinosi and L. Vilamajó.
In January and February 2018, she was Conxita Garcia’s musical assistant at the Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu for the operas, Elisir d’amore by Donizzetti, Roméo et Juliette by Gounod, Andrea Chénier by Giordano and Verdi’s Requiem.
She is the coordinator and main conductor of the professional chamber choir, The Beauty Fools, who, in addition to their own concert productions, participate as the practice choir for students studying Conducting at ESMUC.
Since 2007, Júlia Sesé Lara has conducted the mixed choir Cor Bruckner Barcelona, and since 2014, she has conducted the female choir Cor Plèiade.
She teaches vocal technique for the members of VEUS – Cor infantil Amics de la Unió, conducted by J. Vila Jover.
She is part of CaixaBank’s team of conductors who annually prepare performances of Händel’s Messiah in many major Spanish cities, including, Pamplona, Cáceres, Gijón and Barcelona.
She has been a member of the jury for five editions of the choir competition, Festival Internacional Coral de Malgrat de Mar. She has also adjudicated at the choral composition competition, La Festa de la Música, in both 2017 and 2019.