Conductor, keyboard player and researcher specializing in musical repertoires from the Middle Ages, David Catalunya cultivates a double profile as a performer and musicologist. 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 awarded the First Prize of the Festival Laus Polyphoniae (Antwerp, Belgium) with an 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); all three awarded more than 30 international distinctions, including Choc du Monde de la Musique, Amadeus, three 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 faculty member of the Organ Academy of Cuenca (Spain), where he teaches since 2011.
Parallel to his artistic activity, David Catalunya holds a research position at the University of Würzburg (Germany), where he works as a co-editor of the volumes devoted to the repertoire of 12th-century Latin songs in the monumental series Corpus Monodicum. As a specialist in the study of musical manuscripts from the 12th to the early 15th centuries, 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 tens of European libraries. Under his 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. His publications include the discovery of new sources of medieval polyphony, and he regularly presents his research in international conferences of musicology. He has been invited to speak as a guest lecturer at universities in Oxford, Bristol, Montpellier, Boston, Ohio and Oregon. Currently he is preparing the publication of his book Music, Space and Ritual in Medieval Castile, 1250-1350, and the introductory study to the facsimile edition of the manuscript transmitting Aquitanian polyphony of the 12th century British Library Add. 36881 for DIAMM Publications. His scholarly projects include the publication of a new comprehensive study of the Las Huelgas Codex.