The orchestra sounded warm and well-blended, at home in Poulenc’s music without sacrificing its unmistakeable German timbre. This was undoubtedly a fine performance by Maestro Vicent.
The conductor fitted the orchestra in a natural, classical and resonant euphony... leading it to a gratifying empathy with an enormous capacity of communication, while he constructed its mixture of adjustments with relevant precision...The orchestra reached all its splendor.
- Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of The World Orchestra since 2004
- Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of ADDA (Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante)
Josep Vicent began his career as the artistic director of The Amsterdam Percussion Group, and over the years has forged an impressive career in different symphonies around the world. Indeed, since then he has worked with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Since 2004 he has been the artistic director and principal conductor of The World Orchestra. This young international group plays music ‘as a vehicle for the charitable interaction of the different countries of its young members’. With them, Vicent has undertaken seventeen tours in four continents. Many of them of a charitable or diplomatic nature; they include a performance at Bejing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts to celebrate peace between Japan and China and one at the Teatre Grec in Barcelona to commemorate the Spanish Civil War.
In the field of opera, Vicent conducted the Spanish premiere of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias and Astor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires. In 2015 Vicent co-directed - alongside Cirque du Soleil's founder Guy Caron- and conducted Julia. An innovative multidisciplinary production involving Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra alongside performers and dancers.
In 2016 Vicent was appointed artistic director of the Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante, ADDA.