Conductor José María Moreno joins the roster of Musiespaña artists
Monday, 31/03/2014
JJosé María Moreno, artistic and musical conductor of Palma de Mallorca’s Teatre Principal and main guest conductor at the Majorca Music Festival, has recently added his name to the roster of artists at Musiespaña, giving new thrust to the Musiespaña Ópera department, which was set up in the month of January this year.
José María Moreno, conductor
José María Moreno, conductor

José María Moreno, artistic and musical conductor of Palma de Mallorca’s Teatre Principal and main guest conductor at the Majorca Music Festival, has recently added his name to the roster of artists at Musiespaña, giving new thrust to the Musiespaña Ópera department, which was set up in the month of January this year.

 Moreno, who until the 6th of April will be conducting Puccini’s Tosca during the opening events of the XXVIII Opera Season at the Teatre Principal, has achieved resounding success in premieres at Peking’s Forbidden City theatre, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Teatro de la Zarzuela, in Madrid, where he conducted the double programme Reina Mora and Alma de Dios during the 2012-2013 season. Some of the outstanding orchestras he has worked with include the Berliner Symphoniker, the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Augsburger Philharmoniker (Germany); the Karelian Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia); the Orchestra Regionale Filarmonia Veneta (Italy); the Orquestra do Norte (Portugal); and Spanish ensembles such as the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Oviedo Filarmonía and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares. For fifteen years, Moreno was the chiefconductor of the Capella Mallorquina, and professor of improvisation, conducting technique, choir-leading and analysis at the Advanced Music Conservatory of the Balearic Islands.

Since 2012, when he took up his duties as the theatre’s artistic and musical conductor, José María Moreno has devoted himself to relaunching Palma’s Teatre Principal as a top venue for lyric drama. The coliseum, which was inaugurated in 1857 and is the most important theatre in the Balearic Islands, programmes four to five works of opera and zarzuela every year, featuring distinguished soloists like Joan Pons, Fiorenza Cedolins, César Gutiérrez, Albert Montserrat, Maite Alberola, and others. Moreno has also worked with many other leading international artists, including Plácido Domingo, Josep Bros and Roberto Alagna. His increasing engagement in symphony work in the 2014-2015 season will entail conducting some of the major Spanish orchestras, while continuing his international career and collaborating with leading soloists, in concert and on recording projects.

Born in Palma de Mallorca, José María Moreno studied conducting in Spain and at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, under M. Kukushkin. He was trained at the Conservatories of Valencia, the Liceo de Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, gaining degrees in Orchestra Conducting, Singing, Sol-Fa, Piano, Harmony, Counterpoint and Composition. He has a degree in Law from the Universidad de las Islas Baleares. Following the teachings of Pedro Valencia, Moreno has pioneered the introduction of Hun Yuan Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung techniques applied to orchestra conducting.