Conductor, keyboard player and researcher specializing in musical repertoires from the Middle Ages, David Catalunya cultivates a double profile as a performer and scholar. He began his education at the Conservatory of Toulouse (France) and completed his studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Lyon (France), the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC, Barcelona) and the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy).
Leading his own group, Canto Coronato, and as a member of other notable ensembles in the field of late-medieval music, he pursues a prolific artistic career mainly focused on musical repertoires from the 13th to the 15th centuries. He collaborates with the renowned ensemble Mala Punica, directed by Pedro Memelsdorff, and is a founding member of the ensemble Tasto Solo, directed by Guillermo Pérez. In 2006 Pérez and Catalunya were awarded the First Prize of the Festival Laus Polyphoniae (Antwerp, Belgium) for their outstanding organetto-clavisimbalum duo performance. His discography includes most notably the CDs “Faventina” (the sacred repertoire of the Codex Faenza, with Mala Punica), “Meyster ob allen Meystern” (15th-century keyboard music, with Tasto Solo) and “Le chant de l’eschiquier” (Dufay and Binchois songs in the Buxheim manuscript, with Tasto Solo), which together have received more than 30 international awards, including Choc du Monde de la Musique, Amadeus, three times Diapason d’or and one Diapason d’or de l’année.
His exploration of performance techniques specific to late-medieval keyboard instruments has made him an artist of reference in the field of pre-Renaissance music. During the last decade, David Catalunya has brought the sound of his clavisimbalum to the most renowned festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and America. He has also been invited to give courses, master-classes and guest lectures at international centres of Early Music, such as the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), the Haute école de musique de Genève (Switzerland), the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (The Netherlands), the Grieg Academy (Bergen, Norway) or the ESMUC (Barcelona, Spain). He is a member of the Organ Academy of Cuenca (Spain), where he has taught since 2011.
Parallel to his artistic activity, David Catalunya holds a research position at the University of Würzburg (Germany), where he serves as an editor of individual volumes devoted to the repertoire of 11th- and 12th-century tropes and Latin songs in the monumental series Corpus Monodicum. He is a member of the research board at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an Associated Director of DIAMM (Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music, Oxford Faculty of Music), which leaded him to work in numerous European libraries. Under his personal supervision, emblematic sources such as the Llibre Vermel of Montserrat (14th c.), the Cancionero de la Colombina (15th c.) or the complete collection of Mozarabic codices of Santo Domingo de Silos (10th-12th c.) have been digitized. David Catalunya regularly presents his research at international conferences of musicology, and he has also spoken at universities in Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Montpellier, Leuven, Boston, Ohio and Oregon as a guest lecturer. His publications include the discovery of new sources of medieval polyphony. Currently he is preparing the release of his book Music, Space and Ritual in Medieval Castile, 1250-1350, and an introductory study to the facsimile edition of manuscript British Library Add. 36881, one of the four main sources transmitting Aquitanian polyphony of the 12th century (forthcoming in DIAMM Publications). Another of his scholarly projects is the publication of a new comprehensive study of the Las Huelgas Codex, which was the subject of his doctoral dissertation.