With a long history since it was founded in 1944 by Eduard Toldrà, the OBC is currently an instrument committed to the great symphonic repertoire, the Catalan musical heritage and new music, an instrument of musical modernity in southern Europe with a strong social commitment and strong roots in its city.
In the 2022-2023 season, the orchestra is embarking a new era, with Ludovic Morlot as the new Principal Conductor and Marta Gardolińska as the Principal Guest Conductor.
Throughout its history, the OBC has been conducted by such outstanding conductors as Sergiu Celibidache, Valeri Gergiev, Christopher Hogwood, Mariss Jansons, Jesús López Cobos, Witold Lutosławski, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropóvitx, Kent Nagano and Heitor Villa-Lobos, among others.
The orchestra collaborates regularly with great artists on the international scene, such as Lang Lang, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Arcadi Volodos, Vilde Frang, Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Renaud Capuçon, Yuja Wang, Khatia Buniatishvili and Hilary Hahn, among many others.
Its commitment to new creation has led it to promote commissions with the most outstanding national and international creators, such as Hèctor Parra, Bernat Vivancos, Thomas Adès, Joan Magrané, Raquel García-Tomàs, Luca Francesconi, David Lang and Cassandra Miller.
For some years now, the OBC has been developing an ambitious international positioning strategy by stepping up its presence in digital environments and planning tours such as those that have led it to perform in such iconic venues as the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.