Oscar Colomina i Bosch

composer, conductor

A composer/conductor with broad experience as orchestral musician and educator, Oscar enjoys a varied portfolio of activity:


Royal academy of Music (Professor of Orchestration) and The Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal Conservatoire of The Hague-School for Young Talent (guest lecturer, Summer Festival 2013).


City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra (artistic director 2011-2014), Orpheus Sinfonia London (guest, June 2014), The Yehudi Menuhin School Junior Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music (ensembles), Salamanca University Choir (symphonic collaborations in 2012, 2013, 2014), Camerata XXI Orchestral Courses (courses for young musicians in Catalonia, 2012, 2013, 2014), CreArt Ensemble (2008 tour), Guildhall School of Music and Drama New Music Ensemble, Jury of the International Wind Band Contest 'City of Valencia' (July 2014).

Soloists: Thomas Carroll (professor, Royal College of Music), Ben Baker (Windsor International String Competition Winner), James O'Donnell (Master of Music at Westminster Abbey), Bart LaFollette (Decca Records' inaugural Classical Music Award), Akiko Ono (Yehudi Menuhin School professor), Estrella Morente (acclaimed flamenco singer).

Winner: 50th anniversary of the Royal Festival Hall's organ, the Musicians Company Dr. Alfred Prindl Memorial Prize, the Guildhall School/Orchestra of the Swan Composition Prize, the Best Music Award in Tenerife Short Film Festival and Valencia's Music of Today 2008.
Finalist: Barclays-St. Paul's Cathedral Competition Prize.

Aldeburgh Festival, Philharmonia Orchestra (Music of Our Time Series), Schubert Ensemble, Chamber Music 2000, Orchestra of the Swan, Valencian Music Institute, Antares Ensemble, Kontakte Percussió, Linos Piano Trio (formerly, Lakeside Trio).

Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain), orchestral commission (premiere, May 2015).

Composers Now (New York), City of London Festival, Manchester QuartetFest, the European Congress of Conservatoires, ENSEMS-València, Burgos Summer Festival and the Encuentro Internacional de Compositores in Mallorca, International Conference on Contemporary Music (A Coruña University, Galicia, Spain), Spanish National Percussion Conference, Chacombe Festival, Gijón International Film Festival, Aarhus Festival (Denmark), IFCT Festival (USA).
Ensembles: Grup Instrumental de València, Conjunto Instrumental de Música Gasteiz, Lawson Trio, Quinteto de Vento da Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Joven Orquesta Ciudad de Oviedo, etc.
Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Menuhin Hall, Yale University's Sprague Hall, New York University, Palau de la Música de Valencia, and the Auditorio de Galicia with the Real Filharmonia de Galicia Orchestra.
Other activities:
Residencies: London's Barbican Pit Theatre, Joven Orquesta Internacional Ciudad de Oviedo, Cove Park (Scotland), Bilbao Arte Fundazioa.
Orchestration/Transcription work: Heinrich Schiff and the Kremerata Baltica (Gewandhaus, Leipzig 2009), Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (Beijing, 2012).
Radio Broadcasts: Spain, Mexico, Denmark and the USA.


A graduate violinist from the Valencia Conservatoire, Òscar was active as an orchestral and contemporary ensemble performer before moving to the UK to further his studies and pursue a career as a composer/conductor. He played with the Spanish Youth National Orchestra at the BBC PROMS in 1996 and worked with first class conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Lutz Köhler, Gianandrea Noseda, Andras Ligeti, and international soloists such as M. Rostropovich, Pepe Romero and Carlos Bonell. He also played with various chamber orchestras, recording for EMI and touring extensively: Dominican Republic, París-Unesco, Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Palau de la Música-Barcelona, Palau de la Música-Valencia, Edinburgh Summer Festival. 

latest News
Oscar conducts de world premiere of Michael Zev-Gordon Sehnsucht at the Royal Academy of Music 06. Aug 2014

The Composition Department at the Royal Academy of Music was delighted to welcome Michael Zev Gordon to introduce a concert that reflected his fascination with music and memory. The concert featured Zev-Gordon's new piece Sehnsucht, with Oscar conducting its world premiere.

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