Assistant Professor of Music
Lightsey Music Building, Room 106
Born in Barcelona, conductor/countertenor Ricard Bordas graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, receiving his degree from Diana, Princess of Wales, and winning several competitions and awards. Since the age of seventeen, Mr. Bordas has conducted choirs and chamber groups in the US, Spain and Britain. A broadcasting with his early music group, the London Camerata Hispánica, earned a spot in the “BBC Pick of the Week” program. Since arriving in the US, Mr. Bordas has conducted many oratorio works, including Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and the opera Carmen by Bizet. Most recently, Mr. Bordas conducted a program of Bach Cantatas and Handel anthems presented at the Bach Festival by the new Bach Society of Charleston of which he serves as the Artistic Director.
As one of the leading countertenors of his generation, Mr. Bordas has performed in fourteen countries in operas and concerts conducted by Muti, Jacobs, Christophers, Rousset, and Herreveghe. He has performed at La Scala in Milan, the Netherlands Opera, Royal Albert Hall, and the Spanish National Concert Hall, and in international music festivals such as Boston, The London Proms, and Amsterdam. Mr. Bordas has recorded for the labels DHS, United, Verany, and Discantus. The opera Psyche by Lully for CPO was nominated for a 2009 Grammy award. Ricard Bordas is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University, Artistic Director of the Bach Society of Charleston, Artistic Director of the Charleston Men’s Chorus, Director of Choral Music at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, and writes for the Spanish classical magazine Revista Musical Catalana from Barcelona. Mr. Bordas has adjudicated the David Adams Art Song competition in New York, and has offered master classes at the Royal Academy of Music and the Trinity College of Music in London, the International Baroque Institute in Cambridge, MA, and the Barcelona Conservatory. He is married to soprano Margaret Cook, and has a son named Mateu.
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