Ricard Bordas – Artistic Director
Born in Barcelona, Spain, countertenor/conductor Ricard Bordas graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London winning several awards including the prestigious Associate of the Royal Academy or ARAM.
Since the age of seventeen, Ricard Bordas has conducted various choirs and chamber groups in Spain and Britain, and at nineteen he served as assistant to conductor Simon Johnson with the National Catalan choir Orfeo Català of Barcelona preparing major oratorio works and traveling extensively in Europe. Since arriving in the USA, Mr. Bordas has conducted Bizet’s Carmen, Bach’s St. John Passion, Händel’s Messiah, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carol, Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio, and many other major choral works. In London Mr. Bordas was conductor/singer with the Camerata Hispánica. His recoding of Cererols’ Missa Defunctorum for the BBC earned a spot in the “BBC Pick of the week” program.
As a soloist Mr. Bordas has performed both in opera and concert with conductors such as Muti, Frühbeck de Burgos, Jacobs, Rousset, Christophers, and Stahl, and has performed at La Scala in Milan, Netherlands Opera, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall in London, and Spanish National Concert Hall. He has performed in international music festivals in fourteen countries in Europe and America such as Boston, The London Proms, Dresden, Halle, Schwetzingen, Barcelona, Granada and Amsterdam. Mr. Bordas has recorded for the labels DHS, United, Verany, Discantus, and CPO. His last recording of the opera Psyche by Lully was nominated for the 2009 Grammy awards.
Ricard Bordas is choirmaster at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, assistant professor of music at Charleston Southern University where he teaches voice and conducts the male chorale Singing Buccaneers, and also is voice faculty at the International Baroque Institute at Longy in Cambridge,MA. Mr. Bordas has offered master classes at the Royal Academy of Music and the Trinity College of Music in London, and at the Barcelona Conservatory. He recently adjudicated the David Adams Art Song competition in New York. Ricard Bordas is married to soprano Margaret Cook, and has a son named Mateu.