Joaquim Piqué, assistant conductor
Born in 1970, he started his musical training in the Escolania de Montserrat (1980 -1984), going on to the conservatories of Manresa, the Liceu in Barcelona and Badalona. He has studied singing under Montserrat Pueyo and Margarida Lladó and trained as a conductor with the maestro Francesc Llongueras. As a teacher he has worked with various music schools, in particular the Escola Viretèlia (1994 - 1997), the Escolania de Montserrat (1996 - 2000) and the Escola Municipal de Música de Callús (2008 -2012).
Since 1991 he's a singer of the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana and also since 2011 he's a director assistant. He is also director of the Orchestra of Flutes of Barcelona (2008) and Band Musical Union of Bages (2008) that as director of several choirs and Musical Theatre Workshop Callús. As a singer has also recently collaborated with vocal Graindelavoix and Ars Nova.
Jordi Armengol i Puig, pianist
Born in Prats de Lluçanès in Barcelona province, he began his piano studies with Vicenç Prunés at the Escolania de Montserrat, where he also studied the violin and organ. He then continued his piano studies with Albert Attenelle and studied chamber music with Jordi Mora at the Escola de Música de Barcelona. In 1994 he earned a diploma in Recital from the Guidhall School of Music and Drama in London and in 1996 he completed his studies at the Conservatori Professional de Música de Tarragona, earning first prize. He then moved to a Freiburg to study with Vitali Berzon. He gained outstanding results in the national competitions in Madrid, Vilafranca del Penedès, Berga and Carlet.
He has performed as a piano accompanist at the Grec Festival and Maig Coral in Barcelona, in the Cambra Coral and Concerts de Tarda series at the Palau de la Música Catalana and at the Auditori and the Liceu. He has also performed in the Josep Carreres auditorium in Vila-seca, the Enric Granados auditorium in Lleida and in Manresa, Tarragona and other towns around Catalonia.
He took part in the 20th Ciclo Música y Teatro at the royal monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, in the 21st Ciclo de Música Clásica in Penyíscola and in the Cicle de Concerts dels Jardins de Can March in Mallorca. Outside Spain he has performed in France, Estonia and Guatemala.
He has acted as piano accompanist for flute classes given by Magdalena Martínez and singing classes with M. Dayme and R. Smith, among others, in Barcelona and Tortosa, as well as at the Curs Internacional de Dènia, the Festival de Música de Tarragona and the Curs Internacional d’Interpretació Històrica de la Música run by the Fundació la Caixa. He has been a repertoire pianist at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.
He has recorded for Catalunya Música and Ràdio 4, and made a CD of the choral and piano compositions of Cristòfor Taltabull.
He works in chamber music with several ensembles and performs in recitals with singers. He also teaches the piano and chamber music at the Escola de Música de Barcelona.
Since 1996 he is the pianist for the Cor de Cambra of the Palau de la Música Catalana.