Pere J. Puértolas was born in 1949. He attended the Conservatori de Música del Liceu, Where he studied for the violin under F. Guerin, chamber music under Maria Canela and took various courses to further hone his technique under the violinist Antoni Brossa and the pianist Rosa Sabater.
In 1969 he won a place as violinist in the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu, as well as graduating in Hispanic Romance Philology and History of Art from the Universitat Central de Barcelona. In 1983 he was awarded the grade of Excellent by the University of Granada for his work in their postgraduate Contemporary Art courses. In 1978, he joined the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona. Later he was appointed as violin teacher and, subsequently, worked as the orquestra’s Head of Press and Public Relations. Since 1990, he has dedicated his life exclusively to the tasks of musical composition and direction.
His first works were composed for the stage and screen, and were especially aimed at the younger audience: they include the musical comedies Supertot i Helena a l’illa de baró Zodiac, With lyrics by Josep M. Benet i Jornet, El Gran Claus i el Petit Claus, based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Contes a la vora del foc, on Catalan folk tales, L’auca del marrec tossut, by Carme Barberà, and many other pieces for the theatre, the cinema and dance.
His output includes chamber pieces such as solos, duos, trios, quartets, etc. amongst witch we would highlight Pinewood Waltz, for drums, the Quartets de Corda (String Quartets) numbers 1 and 2, Sonatina and Drums and Woods, both for percussion quartets and the Sextet Opus 49, for flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola and cello. He has also written orchestral pieces, such as the Suite Renard for a string orchestra, the symphonic work Concert per a Percussió i Orquestra Simfònica and Fanfara per a una Ciutat (Barcelona 2001), for a bras and percussion orchestra.
His works have been interpreted an numerous occasions in Spain and beyond, to great public and critical acclaim.
The Concert for Percussion and Symphony Orchestra by Pere J. Puértolas keeps the same structure of a classical concert. Moreover, it's a very complex concert that required absolute mastery of every aspect of percussion.
The Concert for Percussion and Orchestra by Pere J. Puértolas is a concert with a classical bent in three movements: Allegro, Andante moderato and Allegro con fuoco, and the brilliance of the soloist and, indeed, the whole orchestra is evident from the first few bars.
The author Pere Puértolas reflects in Drums & Woods his impressions during a trip to Senegal on a work for four percussionists, giving form and structure to the simple and deviled rhythms he heard there.
Fanfare for a city -Barcelona 2001- is a piece for brass and percussion. Was commissioned for the presentation of Barcelona’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2001. It's structured in five short, contrasting movements relating to the arts and culture of Barcelona.
In Pinewood Waltz drums is treated as a classical percussion section. This work is a waltz from the first bar to the last, which requires virtuosic technique and deep musical knowledge of the player.
Recitatiu (Introducció), Cançó i Tarantel·la (Recital (Introduction), Song and Tarantella) for vibraphone and piano is a work that allows the performers to shine, with a first time, Introducció, dedicated to the virtuosity of the vibraphone to highlight the quality of its sound.
The Renard Suite is playful piece. Twenty years after its debut, the composer has recently composed an arrangement for wind ensemble with double base. The work consists of five complementary movements and, with no other pretension beyond that of passing a bit of time with live and cheerful music.
This work consists of five complementary movements and, in the words of the author: “it is just a bit of fun, with no other pretension beyond that of passing a bit of time with live and cheerful music, without any more profound intentions”.