A unique ensemble born in a unique place

Promoted by the Fundació Espurnes Barroques in 2023, the Orquestra del Miracle aims to establish itself in a few years as an undisputed reference in the field of interpretation with historical criteria. Directed by Juan de la Rubia (principal organist of the Basilica of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona), based at the Miracle Sanctuary (in Riner, a small municipality near Barcelona where a small Benedictine community lives), the training aims to:

• Create meaningful listening experiences through a holistic approach to your interpretations.

• Build a stable workforce of talented young musicians who, rehearsing in a rural and harmonious context, can develop a transformative social and educational activity.

• Contribute to the recovery and dissemination of the musical heritage of the Iberian Peninsula and the promotion of new works.

• Create synergies with other artistic disciplines within the framework of the Espurnes Barroques Festival.

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About their presentation concert, with the soprano Marta Mathéu, in June 2023, the critic of the magazine Scherzo Imanol Temprano wrote: “if I were a programmer, I would not hesitate to try to sign up as much as be the first to hire them because the artistic result It is simply dazzling. Which is not surprising considering that at the head of the orchestra is Juan de la Rubia – there are plenty of presentations, we are looking at who is possibly the best Spanish organist and one of the best musicians of the moment –, who has recruited a cast of dream musicians.”

Despite its short history, in its second year of existence the Orquestra del Miracle will not only perform again at the Espurnes Barroques Festival (with soprano Alexandra Novakowski), but will also perform at the Palau de la Música Catalana with the same program in July of this 2024. Looking ahead to the 2024-25 Season, there are planned performances in Madrid (FIAS), in Barcelona (L’Auditori and Palau de la Música) and in Montserrat (within the Millennium events), and work is being done for the 2025-26 season with other top-level venues and festivals throughout Spain.

Juan de la Rubia

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Juan de la Rubia is Principal Organist of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Born in Vall d’Uixó (Castelló), he has performed on the main stages in Europe, as well as in Latin America and Asia, with an excellent reception from the public and critics.

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In recent years, his concert activity has been incessant, performing in more than twenty countries and in venues such as the National Music Auditorium in Madrid, Palau de la Música Catalana, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the cathedrals of Cologne and Westminster (London), St. Sulpice of Paris, and the Mariinsky theater and the Philharmonia of St. Petersburg, to name a few.

He has played as a soloist on various occasions with the Freiburger Barockorchester, performing Handel’s organ concertos and Bach cantatas, and as a continuator and/or conductor of different early music instrumental and vocal ensembles. His debut as a conductor/soloist with symphonic ensembles came with much expectation and great success in 2022, conducting the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa and the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra.

Juan de la Rubia has played with orchestras such as the Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Les Siècles, National Orchestra of Spain, Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta Symphony Orchestra of Castilla y León, Barcelona and National Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia, RTVE Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Castilla y León, Tenerife Baroque Orchestra, Bogotá String Orchestra, etc. Thus, he has worked with directors such as François-Xavier Roth, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Kazushi Ono, Salvador Mas, Tomás Netopil, Simon Rattle or Henrie Adams, among others. He has collaborated with soloists such as Asier Polo, Raquel Lojendio, María Dueñas, Carolyn Sampson, Matthias Goerne and Philippe Jaroussky, with whom he recorded the CD “Sacred Cantatas” (Erato, 2016), an album that was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2018.

He has published eight albums as a solo artist. His album “Bach” obtained the “Melómano de Oro” distinction, being defined as “a work that is a revelation” (Alejo Palau, 2016). The ABC newspaper considered it “one of the most beautiful and surprising albums of the year” (Stefano Russomano, 2016). He dedicated his latest CD to the music of Antonio de Cabezón, recording it on the Hauslaib claviorgan at the Barcelona Music Museum.

In the 22/23 season he played as a soloist with the Galician Symphony Orchestra, the Community of Madrid Orchestra and returned as a soloist to the Palau de la Música Catalana, Bergamo, Menorca, Auditorio Nacional (Bach Vermut), Damascus, etc.

After beginning musical studies with his father and Ricardo Pitarch, he trained as an organist and pianist in Valencia, Barcelona, ​​Berlin and Toulouse, achieving up to five Extraordinary Awards in different specialties. Among his teachers are Óscar Candendo, Wolfgang Seifen, Michel Bouvard and Montserrat Torrent, who was a great support during his training. He has also received master classes from, among others, Olivier Latry and Ton Koopman.

Juan de la Rubia is a professor at the ESMUC (Higher School of Music of Catalonia) and member of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi.