ALBERT GUINOVART

piano, composer
biography

After training as a musician at the Conservatorio Superior Municipal de Música de Barcelona, he went to London to study with Maria Curcio. His musical activities range from playing the piano to recording, composing, orchestrating and teaching music.

As a pianist, he has played with orchestras like the Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Sinfónica de Madrid, Sydney Festival Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchester-Kölner Philarmoniker, Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de Toulouse, Israel Chamber Orchestra and Franz Liszt de Budapest.

He has been directed by Christopher Hogwood, Lawrence Foster, Franz Paul Decker, Edmon Colomer, Enrique Diemecke, Daniel Cohen, James Laughram, Josep Pons and Salvador Mas among others. He has collaborated with artists like Victoria de los Ángeles, Barbara Hendricks, María Bayo, Julia Migenes, Jaume Aragall, Juan Diego Flórez and Nacho Duato.

In his recitals as a soloist, he combines his own work with a great repertoire of romantic and Spanish music. He has recorded various records featuring

Joaquín Turina, Enric Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Stephen Heller, Joaquín Rodrigo, Xavier Montsalvatge, Xavier Gols, as well as his own piano work. This year, Sony International came out with a record that has his first two piano and orchestra concerts with the State Academy Symphonic Orchestra of San Petersburgo directed by Vasily Petrenko, as well as his celebrated "Valses poéticos."

His work catalogue as a composer includes operas called ATZAR (1998) and ALBA ETERNA (2009), the ballet called TERRA BAIXA (1999), copious symphony music (i.e. 8 orchestra and soloist concerts) and a prolific chamber production. His work has been directed by conductors like Phillipe Entremont, Lawrence Foster, Gianandrea Noseda, Franz Paul Decker and Vasily Petrenko; and arrangements of his conducted by Plácido Domingo and Gustavo Dudamel.

He is also well-known for his musicals: MAR I CEL (1988 and 2004) (Max award for the best composition, 2006), FLOR DE NIT (1992), Desconcerto Grosso (1994), GAUDÍ, el musical de Barcelona (2003), Paradís (2005) and La Vampira del Raval (2011)(Max award for the best composition, 2012). In 2007, he performed the German version of Mar i Cel (Der Himmel und das Meer) for the first time in the Opernhaus de Halle, with a new symphonic orchestration.

His relationship with the film industry has resulted in music for various movies i.e. "El largo invierno," directed by Jaime Camino, who he has won awards with. One great example of them collaborating is the work they did together to orchestrate the sound track for the Oscar award winning movie called "The Artist."

In the audiovisual field, he has composed the music for some television series, as well as different theatrical productions directed by Sergi Belbel. Additionally, he was in charge of the official music for the World Swimming Championships in 2003 and 2013.

 He has done recordings for Harmonia Mundi, Decca, Emi, and Sony, and his  works have been edited by Editorial Tritó, S.L., la Casa Boileau de Barcelona and currently by Music Sales. Since 2002, he has worked as an orchestration and composition professor at ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya), and recently this year, he became an honorary professor at the Reial Acadèmia de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi.


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