How does the orchestra work?

How does the orchestra work?

The Barcelona Youth Symphony Orchestra is a young orchestral ensemble made up of musicians between the ages of 15 and 26, which carries out intense rehearsals on two consecutive weekends prior to the first concert and thus performs a season of concerts in the city of Barcelona, currently with its own cycle at the Palau de la Música Catalana and at the Alliance Theatre, with a minimum of six different symphonic programmes each season.

It has a team of specialised teachers who provide complementary training to the musical education of all its members and who actively participate in the partial rehearsals, in this way, the musicians strengthen their learning as instrumentalists in the orchestra. The JOSB’s artistic council is made up of permanent members of this team of teachers, along with its chief conductor Carlos Checa, the composer Albert Carbonell i Sauri, Beatriz Cambrils, flute of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña, and Matthias Weinmann, cello of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatro del Liceo.

The JOSB is conducted by Carlos Checa as a Music director, and regularly invites conductors to further the training of our musicians, such as Josep Caballé Domènech, Joshua Dos Santos, Salvador Brotons, Manuel Hernández Silva, Rubén Gimeno, Iñigo Pírfano, Virginia Martinez, Francesc Prat, Michael Thomas, Tomàs Grau and Christian Vásquez.


The orchestra receives institutional support from Barcelona City Council through the Institute of culture thanks to the signing of an agreement for the transfer of spaces in the Civic Centre la Sedeta and the Municipal School of Music of the Eixample. All students contribute 250 euros in semester fractions each year to the orchestra and since 2019 the JOSB has different sponsors and agreements with different media.

The JOSB also develops a solidarity cooperation with different organizations of the city, has performed charity concerts for Caritas, for the Pasqual Maragall Foundation, the AFAB (Association of Alzheimer’s patients relatives) UNICEF, Mans a les Mans, Pere Closa, Caravana solidària per la Pau, Banc dels aliments and has also collaborated with the Marató de TV3 in the editions of 2016, 2020 and 2021.

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