Ricard Bordas

Born in Barcelona, Spain, countertenor/conductor Ricard Bordas is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was honored with several awards. 

Mr. Bordas began his conducting career at age seventeen and since that time has conducted various choirs and chamber groups in Spain, the United States, and Britain. He conducted the Children’s Choir and served as Assistant Conductor of the National Catalan Choir, Orfeo Català, in Barcelona, preparing major oratorio works and traveling extensively in Europe.  In the United States, Mr. Bordas has conducted Bizet’s Carmen, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel's Messiah, and Vivaldi's Gloria, among other major choral works. In London, he was conductor/singer with the Camerata Hispánica, and 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 in concert with conductors such as Muti, Frühbeck de Burgos, Jacobs, Christophers, and Stahl, and has performed at La Scala, the Netherlands Opera, Royal Albert Hall, and the Spanish National Concert Hall. He has performed in international music festivals in fourteen countries in Europe and America, including major festivals in Boston, London (the BBC Proms Festival), Dresden, and Amsterdam. He has recorded for the labels DHS, United, Verany, and Discantus; CPO’s recording of Psyché by Lully earned a Grammy Awards nomination. 

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 currently serves as the Choirmaster at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, as Assistant Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University, and as Conductor of the Charleston Men’s Chorus. He is also a writer for Revista Musical Catalanathe Spanish journal of classical music.

Mr. Bordas is married to soprano Margaret Cook, and they are parents of a seven-year-old son, Mateu.