(Feliu Gasull, Barcelona 1959)
Guitarist and composer. He started off with self-taught training and later on studied guitar at the Conservatori de Ginebra and composition at the University of Indiana, where he was the assistant to Juan Orrego Salas. Upon his return to Catalonia, he built a strong relationship with the Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure at the time when he was opening up to pop music, collaborating as composer and performer with artists such as Maria del Mar Bonet, Toti Soler, Paco de Lucía, Ovidi Montllor and Joan Albert Amargós.
Winner of the composing Carmichael Competition (1988) and the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona (1991), he has written various works for guitar and also for chamber ensembles, voice and orchestra. Some of them are: Tacarigua (1990), commissioned by the Setmana Internacional de Música Contemporània de Barcelona; Suite de Santa Fe (1995), commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra; Concert per a orquestra (2003), commissioned by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC); Fantasía sobre dos temas de Manuel de Falla (2006) and Vuit estudis concertants per a guitarra (2004-2007), where he pays homage to one of the composers that most influenced him, Heitor Villa-Lobos.
He is the author of the choral works La casa entre les flors (2002) and La tonalitat de l’infinit (2005); both with texts by the poet Enric Casasses. In May 2008, l’Escola Coral de l’Orfeó Català premiered his cantata Estampes per a 18 muses, with texts by the poet Miquel Desclot, during the centenary celebratory acts at the Palau de la Música Catalana and in July 2010, the World Youth Choir premiered in Barcelona Després, with words by the poet Enric Casasses. On October 2nd of that same year, El clot del bosc, for symphony orchestra, guitar, soprano, tenor bass, pop voice and baritone, a piece commissioned by the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in light of their tenth anniversary, premiered at the opening concert of the institution’s academic year.