The OBC (Barcelona Symphony Orchestra - the National Orchestra of Catalonia) was founded in 1944 by Maestro Eduard Toldrà. Rafael Ferrer took over from the latter in 1962 until 1967. Music Directors of the orchestra have also included Maestros Antoni Ros Marbà (1967-1978, 1981-1986), Salvador Mas (1978-1981), Franz-Paul Decker (1986-1991), García Navarro (1991-1993), Lawrence Foster (1996-2002), Ernest Martinez Izquierdo (2002-2006) and Eiji Oue (2006-2010)and Pablo Gonzélez (2010-2015). Jan Willem de Vriend is his current Principal Guest Conductor. Kazushi Ono is his Music Director from September 2015.
Throughout its over 70 years of history, the OBC has recorded several albums with Decca, EMI, Auvidis, Koch, Claves, Naxos, Telarc and BIS labels, among others, featuring works by Montsalvatge, Gerhard, Falla, D’Albert, Albéniz, Donhány, Bartók, Bizet, Rodrigo, featuring several top international artists. In September 2000, the OBC won the Latin Grammy Award to the Best Classical Album for La Dolores, in 2004 for Carmen Symphony and in 2006 for the CD with Michel Camilo Rhapsody in blue. Other recordings have been El Concierto de Aranjuez, with the renowned Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang, for EMI, and a monographic CD with orchestral works by Albéniz for Tritó. The OBC has established a stable collaboration with Naxos, recent releases include recording of Meyerbeer, Montsalvatge, Massenet and Granados.