ANGELS ALABERT AND FELIU: teacher of the Conservatory of Girona where it imparts Music's of Camera matters, Piano; Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition and instrumentation carrying out an intense pedagogic task.
Composer of works for Piano, Orchestrates and choir, the composition has worked with the teachers: Manel Oltra, Xavier Monsalvatge, C. Guinovart and Josep Sole, orchestra's ditection with A. Ros Marbá and the direction Coral with E. Ribó and Oriol Martorell.
She imparts cycles of conferences d ' History of the Music and Musical Aesthetics. She is advisory member of the Department of Popular Culture of the Generality of Catalonia having worked for their responsibility in the search and transcription of songs and popular topics and etnomusicologics.
For 18 years it directs the Choir Maragall of Gerona with who has worked a wide and varied repertoire of Catalan music, Classicism, Romanticism and Contemporary authors' works.
As pianist it is also part from the year 1991 of the group Word of Poet.
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Álvaro Bertrand was born in Barcelona where he studied piano and flute at the Alicia de Larrocha Music Academy. He later went to the United States to further his musical education.
His composition teachers include Vincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School and Hugo Weisgall at Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Since the completion of his academic training, Mr. Bertrand has been teaching Composition and Electronic Music Technology at the University of Minnesota at St. Cloud, Long Island University in New York and at Miami International university of Arts and Design in Miami, Florida. Upon his recent return to Spain he has been teaching courses of Musical Composition applied to the Audiovisual and Scenic Media in the Conservatori Superior del Liceu de Barcelona.
His catalog includes choral music and chamber works, many compositions for solo instruments, band, orchestra and also ballets.
Javier Armenter was born in Barcelona in 1965 and entered the Barcelona Municipal Conservatoire in 1984 where he obtained a degree in solfeggio, harmony, specialised pedagogy, conducting choirs and orchestra. He has studied under prestigious masters such as X. Boliart, Miquel Martí Guàrdia Josep Soler, B. Casablancas, Salvador Mas, Albert Argudo, Carme Poch, Carles Guinovart, Josep Crivillé, Montserrat Torrent and A. Soler among others.
He has composed numerous pieces for different instrumental and vocal formations, many of which have been performed for the first time in Spain and various European countries – France, Italy and Germany. He has won several prizes, amongst which the 11th Barcelona Young Musicians Competition (1990) with the piece Arc en Ciel for a quartet of flutes, the Second Mollet del Vallès Composing Competition (1994) with the piece Homenatge a Toldrà, a sardana (Catalan dance) for cobla (Catalan brass band) and the City of Reus Composing Prize (9th edition, 1996) with the piece Punició for choir and piano stand out.
We can highlight his pedagogic aspect with the publication of the piece Cambra per als nens in five volumes, written together with Alberto Sampablo.
Born in 1954, Peter Bacchus got addicted to music after the impression caused on him at a jazz concert by the American flutist Herbie Mann. Thus, he started his musical studies under the influence of jazz. He earned his diploma at Suny University Purchase (USA), composition at Aspen Festival and at Conservatoire Americain of Fontainebeu (France) and was a chamber music scholar at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art. He has studied with Julius Baker, John Corigliano,Nards Bonet,Thomas Nyfenger, and Keith Underwood.
He is a founder of Flute Force, an American flute quartet of a markedly innovative character that has received many awards. He has various recordings both as performer and of his own music. Currently he is on the faculty of the international festival College-Conservatory of Music of Cincinnati and in the Lucca Opera Theater in Italy.
The flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson has said about his music,"it has a consistency of style and a harmonious language, rarely found in composers of any age."
His works include chamber music pieces, orchestral works, and numerous choral works.
Carlota Baldrís Rafecas obtained her intermediary piano certificate at the Conservatory of Tarragona, and the advanced certificate in music theory, and composition and instrumentation with Xavier Boliart, and electro-acoustic music with Albert Llanas, at the MS Conservatory of Barcelona. She studied piano with Núria del Clos, Àngel Soler, Albert Giménez Attenelle and Liliana Mafiotte, and received master classes from Monique Deschaussé. She has also taken courses in music for films, with José Nieto; contemporary music, with Jean Pierre Dupuy and Agustí Charles; orchestra and choir direction, with Antoni Ros Marbà and Francesc Llongueres; and in jazz, with Manel Camp and Francesc Capella, to name just a few.
She has taught musical language and harmony at Pau Casals del Vendrell Municipal School of Music since it was founded in 1986. She was on the judges’ panel for the Conservatory of Tarragona’s 2006 Composition Competition, among others. She is a patron of the Fundació Pau Casals, and is a member of the Col·lectiu de Compositors de Tarragona (Tarragona Composers Collective), and in 2001 was awarded the Teresina Martorell prize.
Her musical production is made up of works destined for different disciplines and formations such as chamber and choir pieces. She has also ventured into the world of both pop and electronic music, and has written for ballet, theatre, radio, television, advertising and short films. Several of her works have been recorded on CD, including the release of the single Rap solidari (Solidarity Rap), to raise money for the victims of the 2005 tsunami, recorded at Pau Casals Municipal School of Music.
Spanish composer, Jose Maria Beltran Fernandez (1827-1907) was born in Valencia. He was a military musician, forming part of the Zamora Infantry No. 8 ( ref. 1860) and later pursued a highly successful and garlanded career as a director of military bands, composer and pedagogical writer. He is principally known for having written the first method of saxophone playing in the musical history of Spain. He also wrote various didactic books for the flute and cornet. Two works for piano are also preserved in the Spanish National Library in Madrid. His salon style of writing is charmingly simple and idiosyncratic, based on the popular music of the era.
Lluís Benejam was born in Barcelona in 1914, he studied at the Conservatori del Gran Teatre del Liceu in his hometown. He always remembered with fondness and admiration the teachings of professors Antoni Bosom, Josep Barberà and Joan Lamote de Grignon, and particularly of P. Antoni Massana, with whom he studied har-mony and composition.
He played the violin and viola in several symphonic and chamber groups. In 1953, he was awarded the Ciutat de Barcelona music prize for the work for string orchestra, Poema.
In 1954, he moved to Ecuador where he founded the country’s National Symphonic Orchestra. He lived there for four years and was the concertino and assistant conductor of this orchestra. In 1958, he moved to the USA and performed as a concertino in the city of Birmingham’s orchestra (Alabama) and as a professor of composition and instrumentation at Birmingham Southern College and University of Montevallo. He recived his master at University of Alabama. He died in Birmingham on 28th March 1968.
Lluís Benejam’s music flows forth from an open and vivacious spirit, susceptible to different influences. His work includes reminiscences of impressionism and jazz, incorporated in a personal way of understanding music: formally clear and with carefully fashioned themes, rhythmically solid sections, naturally shaped melodies, often narrative, and a harmony which evolves from a jazz-impressionistic conception towards polyinterval chords generated by the procedure of added notes and substitutions.
His work is the result of a professional, music-playing career. He wrote for his chord ensembles, which predominate in chamber music. Of the wind instruments, chamber and orchestral works are dedicated to the oboe, the trumpet and the saxophone.
The last 8 years of his life, spent in Birmingham (USA), afforded him a unique opportunity to produce most of his orchestral work, which he grasped. Montevallo University (Alabama) named its music library after Lluís Benejam, in recognition of his artistic work. His manuscripts are stored there.
His entire work is published by Clivis Publicacions of Barcelona.
Born in Mataró in 1967, is an advanced piano, solfège, music theory and composition teacher from Barcelona’s Liceu Higher Conservatory of Music, and holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from The Hartt School (Universityof Hartford-USA). He has studied composition with Salvador Pueyo and James Sellars, and piano with Maria Jesús Crespo and Luiz de Moura Castro.
He has won several national and international awards for composition. He taught piano, music theory, harmony and composition in both Spain and the USA. He is currently a Professor at the Music Conservatory of the National University of Colombia in Bogota, where he lives nowadays.
His latest of most important musical activities have been the revision and conclusion of the Quintet in G minor Op. 49 of Enric Granados and the conception, organization and direction of the “Colombo-Catalan Week”, musical, cultural and pedagogic event around the classical music of the XX and XXI centuries of Catalunya and Colombia.
He was selected to become a member of the American Music College Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda in 1994, and has been a member of the Catalan Composers’ Association since 1992.
Born in Barcelona in 1944. A composer and an architect. From 1950 until 1961, she studied the piano, musical theory, and musical composition, with J. Albareda, J. Cercós, and X. Montsalvatge. Between 1968 and 1971, she studied harmony, counterpoint, and the fugue, with Josep M. Mestres-Quadreny. Until 1977, she continued studying with him the development ofmusical structures throughout history, until arriving at the modern concepts on the application of mathematical probabilities in music. She has studied electroacoustics music with Lluís Callejo and Gabriel Brncic, at the Phonos Laboratory, and later, computer music with Xavier Serra. She has also studied musical composition with Luigi Nono. In 1985, she obtained a grant from the Catalonian Commission on Research and Technological Innovation (CIRIT), to work in Paris at the Centre d’Études de Mathématique etAutomates Musicales (CEMAMU), or the Center for the Study of Mathematicsand Automated Music, directed by Iannis Xenakis. She has translated, tothe Catalan, his work Música y Arquitectura (Music and Architecture).
At the same time, she continued to study at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (Barcelona’s Superior Technical School of Architecture), where she earned, in 1974, her architecture doctorate. Anna Bofill Levi is a practicing Architect.
She has written works for diverse solo instruments, for chamber orchestra, for voice, and for electroacoustics. Some of them have been performed all around the Spanish territory, and also in cities like Paris, Berlin, New York, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, etc., and in numerous festivals andcongresses of contemporary music.
She is a member of the Associació Catalana de Compositors (Catalonian Composers Association), Asociación de Mujeres en la Música (Women in Music association), Asociación Española de Música Electroacústica (Spanish Electroacoustic Music Association), the International Computer Music Association, and of the International Alliance for Women in Music.
Francesc Bonastre i Bertran was born in Montblanc in 1944. Educated at the Escolania de Santa Maria choir school with the priest Ramon Boqueras (1950-1955) and at Tarragona Seminary with the priest Francesc Tàpies (1955-1962). An arts graduate (1967) and Doctor (1970) in Romance Philology from the UB (University of Barcelona), he attained the 1st Outstanding Achievement Award in both degrees under the guidance of Martí de Rique. He undertook studies in baroque musicology under the guidance of Miquel Querol at the IEM of the CSIC of Barcelona (1969-1972). He was the Head of the Musicology Department at the UAB, director of the “Josep Ricart i Matas” Musicology Institute from 1979, and director of the Recerca Musicològica magazine since 1981.
He is the author of over 150 national and international scientific publications, amongst which we should note his critical essays on the first two Hispanic oratorios: Historia de Joseph (Story of Joseph) and Aquí de la fe (About the faith), by L.V. Gargallo, (c.1636-1682) and the earliest preserved Spanish opera: Celos aun del Ayre matan (Jealousy, even of air, kills), music by Juan Hidalgo (c. 1618-1685) and text by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1680).
Director of the Schola Cantorum of the UB; the Gaudium Musicæ of the UAB; and of the old music groups Seconda prattica and Mapa Harmónico. Director-at Large of the International Musicological Society (1992-1997), Permanent Academic of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de St. Jordi and President of the Music Department; Academic Correspondent of the San Fernando Academy in Madrid; co-founder of the Catalan Society of Musicology in 1973 and member of the Societat Catalana d’Estudis Litúrgics (Catalan Society of Liturgical Studies), both of which belong to the Institute of Catalan Studies since 1969.
As a composer, he has a catalogue of over 70 works from Lieder, choral music, chamber to symphonic music, cantatas and oratorios.