Benet Casablancas awarded Premio Nacional de Música 2013
Catalan composer Benet Casablancas (Sabadell, 1956) was unanimously awarded the Premio Nacional de Música 2013 by the Ministry of Culture of Spain, for the maturity and diversity of genres of his work, and its great international outreach.
Widely regarded as one of the leading Catalan composers of his generation, Benet Casablancas studied in Barcelona and Vienna, and he graduated in Philosophy in the University of Barcelona, winning a PhD in musicology. His music, firmly rooted in the great modernist tradition, is notable for its great individuality, structural complexity and extraordinary richness of textural detail. In the 1990s he became more concerned with harmony, timbral differentiation and instrumental virtuosism. Critics highlight his concern for balancing constructional rigor and expressive strength, lyricism, dramatic character and whimsical register. His works are performed regularly around Europe, Canada, US, Japan and Latin America. His first opera Lea was commissioned for Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona´s 2015 season.
* French Premiere of String Quartet nr. 2 by Cuarteto Untref de Venezuela: http://www.atempo.org/
* German Premiere of Darkness visible by Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken: www.drp-orchester.de/pages/konzerte-1314/saarbrFCcken/matinE9en/7.-matinE9e.php
* New performance of Darkness visible by the Orquesta Sinfónica de la RTVE: www.rtve.es/contenidos/orquestaycoro/TEMPORADA_2013_2014.pdf
NEWS: Benet Casablancas appointed Composer in Residence at the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra 2013-2015:
* Three Epigrams, Barcelona SO, 30, 31 May & 1 June 2014: www.auditori.cat/en/programacio/fitxa.aspx?idconcert=2824