Born in Bilbao in 1973, Javier began his singing, piano and violin studies at the Bilbao Conservatory of Music.

He obtained the title of Advanced Singing Teacher and Advanced Choir Conducting from the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music, and completed his training in Orchestral Conducting, Analysis, Instrumentation and Orchestration, achieving the highest grade possible, with a Distinction, in his Degree in Orchestral Conduction from the Royal School of Music.

Orchestra Director:

Chief Conductor of the Spanish Philharmonic Orchestra, which is a private, professional orchestra which debuted with great success on 14 June 2013 in the Teatro Nuevo Alcalá, Madrid, with Arriaga’s “Overture of the Happy Slaves and the Symphony for Grand Orchestra, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Spanish Caprice and Suites Nos. 1 and 2 of Bizet’s Carmen.

Together with the Spanish Philharmonic Orchestra, Javier also demonstrated his expertise in orchestral conducting, by holding a successful concert on 26 October 2013 in commemoration of the bicentenary of the births of Verdi and Wagner in the Madrid National Auditorium, with the collaboration of the choirs of the Madrid Polytechnic University (the UPM), Vallekanta, the University of Alcalá de Henares and the Toledo Conservatory.

Symphonic-choral Conductor:

Among his work in symphonic-choral conducting, the following concerts can be highlighted:

El Mesías de Haendel with the Orquesta Barroca de Granada and Coro de la UPM, held on 14 December 2013 the Symphonic Hall of the Madrid National Auditorium.

Concierto Conmemoración Bicentenario Nacimiento Verdi y Wagner with the Orquesta Filarmónica de España, Coro de la UPM, Coro Vallekanta, Coro de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and Coro del Conservatorio de Toledo, held on 26 October 2013 the Symphonic Hall of the Madrid National Auditorium.

Obertura de Los esclavos felices and  Sinfonía a Gran Orquesta (Arriaga),  Capricho Español (Rimsky-Korsakov)  and Suites No 1 y 2, Carmen (Bizet) with the Orquesta Filarmónica de España, held on 14 June 2013 in Teatro Nuevo Alcalá, Madrid.

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Madrid Metropolitan Orchestra and the UPM choir, held on 19 October 2012 in the Symphonic Hall of the Madrid National Auditorium.

Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Community of Madrid’s Youth Orchestra and the UPM Choir, held on 21 April 2012 in the Symphonic Hall of the Madrid National Auditorium.

Bach’s Magnificat with the Spanish Chamber Orchestra and the UPM Choir, held on 17 December 2011 in the Symphonic Hall of the Madrid National Auditorium.

Verdi’s Requiem from the Excelentia Cycle, in which he conducted the Santa Cecilia Classic Orchestra and a choir of 300 amateur singers, held on 15 April 2011 in the Symphonic Hall of the Madrid National Auditorium.

Javier has taken part in the Choral Cycle concerts organised by the RTVE Choir since the 2007-2008 season, in which he conducts the RTVE Choir and Orchestra for works such as Anton Bruckner’s Mass No. 2 en E minor, J. Rutter’s “Gloria”, O. Respighi’s “Lauda per La Nativitá del Signore”, B. Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, G. Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda and N. Dello Joio’s Nativity.

The Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn Anniversary Concert which took place in October 2009, within the Excelentia Cycle, in the Madrid National Auditorium, in which he directed the following works of these composers : Zadok the Priest, Psalm 42 and Missa Nelson. These works were performed by the Santa Cecilia Classic Orchestra.

Mozart’s Requiem, Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Grieg’s Holberg-Suite in March 2008 in the Tomelloso Municipal Theatre where he directed the Camerata Classic Orchestra of Madrid, together with the Tomelloso Conservatory Choir.

Also worth highlighting is Javier’s conducting of the Zarzuelas Breton’s La Verbena de la Paloma and Barbieri’s El Barberillo de Lavapiés, performed at the Barakaldo Theatre on the 29 January and 25 March 2012, as well as Serrano’s Los Claveles and Alma de Dios on 24 February 2013.

Choir Conductor:

Javier is the Chief Conductor of the RTVE Choir since May 2015, in recognition of the intensive and detailed work done as Assistant Conductor of the same choir for nine years.

Javier regularly takes part in the preparation of choral and symphonic choral works, as well as in the conducting of concerts such as the TVE’s 50th Anniversary Gala, and many others within the Choral Cycle, and he collaborates on the preparation of the symphonic repertoire and researches new choral repertoires.

Among the works that he has prepared, the following can be highlighted: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 and Lobgesang, Britten’s War Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Fauré’s Requiem, Pulenc’s Stabat Mater,Duruflé’s Requiem, Brahms’ Ein deutsches requiem, Haendel’s Mesías, Guridi’s Cuadros Vascos, Silvestri and Morricone’s repertoire of cinema scores, Haydn’s Misa Nelson, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 13, Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé, Lachenmann’s La Cerillera, Sibelius’ Snöfrid and Canción de Väin, Estévez’s Cantata Criolla, Debussy’s Nocturnos, Szymanowsky’s Stabat Mater and Symphony No. 3, and Vaughan William’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, among others.

Javier has prepared the choir in the recording of Alonso’s Curro el de Lora for RTVE’s record label, the complete works of Olavide and Ibarrondo’s Zuk ser dezu for the Verso record label.

Javier has conducted the RTVE choir in representative choral works both with orchestra ensembles and A capella, such as Bruckner’s Mass No. 2, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Debussy’s “Trois Chansons” from Charles dOrleans, Ravel’s “Trois Chansons, “Pavane”, “Madrigal” and Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine, Duruflé’s Motets sur des themes Gregoriens, Rutter’s Gloria, García Abril’s “Tres acuarelas aragonesas”, Bartók’s Four Slovak Folksongs, Pärts Magnificat, Rheinburger’s 3 Sacred Songs, Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses, Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs and Cloudburst, Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs and Respighi’s “Lauda per la Nativita del Signore”, among others.

Chief Conductor of the Polytechnic University of Madrid Choir

Javier was appointed conductor of this choir in January 2011, having directed in concert Haendel’s Mesías,Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle ,Tomás Luis de Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium Mass, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and Cherubini’s Requiem; and prepared works such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Rheinburger’s Stabat Mater, Salas’ Oficio de Difuntos, Haydn’s Missa brevis St Joannis de Deo, Villalobos’ Mandú Çárárá and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang the 11 May 2013 in the Wiener Musikverein’s Große Saal.

 en la Sala Dorada del Musikverein de Viena.

Creator of the Female Vocal Group Spargens Sonum

In his quest to explore new musical trends this choir held its first concert in January 2005 within the Chamber Music Cycle of the RTVE Orchestra and Choir, including the premiere of Albert Alcaraz’s Hi (Polite) and Nunc dimittis, and the premiere of Carlos José Martínez’s Iberia, in January 2007, also within the same Cycle.

Conductor of the Vox Aurea Choir

In his work with Vox Aurea, which spanned the period from 2005 to December 2010, his participation in the commemoration of the centenary of the composer and musicologist Jesús Bal y Gay is particularly noteworthy, with the concert held on 6 May 2006 Historical study of Jesús Bal y Gay (organised by the Residencia de Estudiantes —Madrid Student Residence) along with the preparation and organisation of an annual Choral singing seminar which focuses on Javier0’s interest in modern choral compositions. These events have also had the presence of guest conductors such as Josep Vila, Albert Alcaraz (premiere of Benedictus Dominus), Javier Busto (premiere of In convertendo) and Dante Andreo (premiere of El viaje definitivo).

In order to commemorate one hundred years of the Residencia de Estudiantes Javier gave the 16th Vox Aurea Seminar in 2010, working with a repertoire closely related to the heritage of the institution and in which six works by five composers based on poems by authors related to the institution were premiered: José Bergamín and Dante Andreo’s «Agua solo es el mar”, Antonio Machado and Javier Busto’s “A un olmo seco”, Rafael Alberti and Josu Elberdin’s “Castilla tiene castillos”, Ángel González y Roberto Balistreri’s “Mientras tú existas”, Antonio Machado and Josu Elberdin’s “Anoche cuando dormía», and Miguel Hernández and Xabier Sarasola’s “En el fondo del hombre».

Conductor of the San Jorge Choir

Javier became director of the San Jorge Choir in 2010. In their first concert in June the choir performed Bach’s Cantata 147 and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and in their last concert, in December of that same year, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.

Conductor of the Orfeón Vasco

This was Javier’s first choir in Madrid, where he directed from 2002 to 2005, focusing his activities on the study and dissemination of Basque folklore, as well as on contemporary Basque composers.

Conductor of the Gioachino Rossini Choir

From 1993 to 1997 he directed the Gioachino Rossini Choir of Bilbao’s Arriaga Theatre.

With this group Javier took part in the lyrical season of Bilbao’s Arriaga Theatre, and of the Galician Auditorium in Santiago de Compostela and the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo, as well as in the Perelada Festival, with works such as Verdi’s La Traviata and Falstaf, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Guridi’s El Caserío, Barbieri’s Jugar con Fuego, Chapí’s El Rey que rabió, Carrión y Caballero’s Los sobrinos del Capitán Grant and Sorozabal’s La del Manojo de rosas.

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Choir director trainer

As well as these established groups, Javier has taken on a number of large groups of vocational singers for specific projects with several producers.

He was the Preparatory Conductor for the singers in the Messiah participatory concerts organised by the Caixa Foundation and performed at the Madrid Royal Opera House in December 2007 under the direction of Pierre Cao, and in December 2008 and 2009 in the Madrid National Auditorium conducted by Harry Bicket and Harry Christophers. Javier worked with more than 450 singers on this project of Handel’s Messiah.

In 2010 he prepared this same work with several choirs in Zaragoza, who sang under the direction of Paul McCreesh.

In 2011 he prepared Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with several choirs in Tenerife, which was performed in the Tenerife Auditorium and conducted by Robert King. He also prepared Mozart’s Requiem, in which a number of Vizcayan and Cantabrian choirs took part, in the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, under the direction of Marzio Conti. He again prepared Handel’s Messiah under the direction of Manuel Valdivieso in the Euskalduna Palace in 2012.

In 2013 he prepared Haendel’s Messiah with eight choirs from Andalucía which was performed in the Sevilla’s Teatro de la Maestranza and conducted Philip Pickett.

For the Excelentia Foundation, Javier has formed a choir of more than 300 amateurs in order to perform Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, within their Cycle, which takes place in the Madrid National Auditorium.


Since Javier was very young his musical interests have drawn him towards a career in both vocal and choral interpretation. Among the places in which Javier Corcuera has honed his musical skills are such institutions as the Choral Society of Bilbao and the Gioachino Rossini Choir of Bilbao’s Arriaga Theatre.

He currently continues to develop his singing abilities through classes with the maestro Francisco Ortiz.

He sang in the RTVE Choir from 1998 and was head of the tenor voices from 2002 to 2006, at which point he was made Deputy Conductor.