Dr. Salvador Brotons was born in Barcelona into a family of musicians. He studied flute with his father and continued his studies at the Barcelona Conservatory of Music, obtaining superior titles in flute, composition and orchestra conducting. His professors include, among others, Antoni Ros-Marbà (conducting), Xavier Montsalvatge (composition) and Manuel Oltra (instrumentation). In 1985 he was awarded with a Fullbright scholarship and moved to the United States where he obtained his Doctorate in Music from the Florida State University.
From 1977 to 1985 he was principal flute in the Orchestra of the Liceu in Barcelona, and also a member of the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona (1981-1985).
As a composer, he has written more than 125 works, mainly for orchestra and chamber ensembles. He has received 16 composition awards. Brotons has received many commissions and many of his pieces have been published and recorded in CDs in Europe and the USA under labels such as EMI, Auvidis, Albany Records, Naxos, Claves, RNE, etc.
Salvador Brotons was Assistant Conductor of the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra (1986-1987), and Music Director and Conductor of the Oregon Sinfonietta (1990-1993), the Mittleman Jewish Community Orchestra (1989-91), and the Portland State University Symphony Orchestra (1987-1997). He also taught counterpoint, orchestra conducting, music history and music literature at Portland State University.
He has been the Conductor and Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (WA) since 1991. He has also been the Conductor and Music Director of the Vallès Symphony Orchestra (1997-2002) in his native Barcelona and the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra in Palma de Mallorca (1998-2001, 2009-2013). He is on the faculty of the Escola Superior de Música de Barcelona, where he teaches orchestra conducting and composition. In 2002, he received the “Florida State University Alumni Award” for his professional achievements. Since 2008 he is the conductor of the Banda Simfònica de Barcelona.
Brotons has been invited to guest-conduct many orchestras around the world
Currently he is combining an intense schedule as orchestra conductor with composition commissions.
The two sonnets are from Foix’s De sol i de dol (‘Of Sun and of Pain’) (1947), the first of his collections of poems to be published in which he achieves the unique blend of classicism and avant-gardism which consolidated his renown as a poet.