This ‘Garden of the Orange Trees’ in the Barcelona quarter of Pedralbes was the former residence of the industrialist and music sponsor Josep Bartomeu i Granell, who bought the property in 1942.
In its rooms and gardens he organized recitals of chamber music and concerts of choirs and orchestras, granting young musicians the opportunity to build an audience. Montserrat Caballé gave her first performance in the house that became a centre of intensive artistic activities. The daring programming, the perfect acoustics of the rooms and the ambiance of the gardens attracted an ever growing circle of enthusiasts.
After having been closed for several years, the building has been restored to its former glory and is now the seat of the Consell Català de la Música that strives to recreate the centre according to Bartomeu’s ideas giving a platform to new generations of musicians as well as composers.