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XIth Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on June 24, 2013  |  Leave a comment

From 1 June to September 8 the XI edition of the International Conducting Competition of the Cadaqués Orchestra is open for registration to participate.

The International Conducting Competition is devoted to conductors of all nationalities born after December 20, 1977 and will take place over 14 to December 19, 2013 with Cadaqués as a starting point.

The competition organizers will select a maximum of fifty participants from the documents submitted by the applicants. Candidates who are not selected directly may qualify for a special preliminary test that allows them, if they pass, access to the contest.

The first prize is a tour for the seasons 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 conducting the 26 orchestras that collaborate with the competition.

Those are the orchestras:

The jury is composed of:

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor. President

Lutz Köhler, conductor

Jaime Martín, conductor from the Gävle Symfoniorkester (Suecia) and conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra

François Bou, manager of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya

Cristina Rocca, directora artística de la Orchestre National de France

Louwrens Langevoort, director artístico y ejecutivo de la sala de conciertos Köhlner Philharmonie y la Orquestra de Cadaqués

The contest rules have been published on the website of the International Conducting Competition of the Cadaqués Orchestra.

Jesús Torres, in-house composer, wins the 2012 Spanish National Music Prize. Congratulations!

Posted by Redacción on November 29, 2012  |  Leave a comment

The in-house composer, Jesus Torres, has just been awarded the 2012 Spanish National Prize for Music in the composition category by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

On conferring this distinction on the composer Jesús Torres, the panel of judges cited “his fruitful artistic career in which his latest work Apocalipsi, written in 2011, deserves special mention”, as well as mentioning “his human values and perseverance in an independent aesthetic idea.”

Everyone in the team at Tritó is delighted by the composer’s success and we send him our congratulations.

The panel of judges was presided over by Miguel Angel Recio Crespo, Director General of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM).
The other members were Remedios Navarro, Silvia Márquez, Mercedes Zavala, María Luisa Manchado, Antonio Moral, Fernando Turina, Alberto Posadas (Spanish National Music Prize for Composition in 2011) and Pedro Gandía (Orquestra Barroca de Sevilla, Spanish National Music Award 2011 for Performance). Antonio Garde, Deputy Director of Music and Dance at the INAEM, acted as vice-president.

Jesus Torres’s work is published by Tritó and he has also released two albums on the Tritó label: Sinfonía, Movimiento y Partita and Tres Sinfonías

Hèctor Parra, winner of the Ernst von Siemens Composer’s Prize

Posted by Cristina Martí on May 6, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Teatro Cuvillies

As we already announced in our blog on 14 February of this year, the Catalan Hèctor Parra will receive one of Ernst von Siemens Foundation Prizes for Music Composition on 24 May 2011.
 The award is worth 40,000 euros and includes the commission of a work for the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. Parra and co-winners, Steven Daverson and Hans Thomalla, will be given their awards during a musical celebration at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, when the commissioned works written by these young composers will be premiered.

The board of trustees of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation considers Parra one of the most promising young composers: “What transpires in the music of Hector Parra is exactly what defines art: it allows us to indulge ourselves in the voluptuousness of the passing of present time.”

For Parra, this award “represents an invitation from the jury for me to be bolder in my creative work. Sometimes, you put on the brakes, you become less adventurous, because the music business, the system of commissions and concerts, saps your energy and can even make you lose your balance. This prize from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation will give me renewed energy. It’s like a special vitamin to boost my creativity.”


Casablancas, finalist at the XV Music Awards

Posted by Cristina Martí on February 27, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Benet Casablancas: orchestral works Benet Casablancas has been selected as a finalist at the XV Music Awards in the ‘Best Classical Music Composer’ category with his work ‘Alter Klang. Impromptu for orchestra after Paul Klee”.

A recording of the piece is included in the monographic CD ‘Benet Casablancas. Orchestral Works’, released on the Anemos/Inaem label and performed by the Orquesta Nacional de España under the baton of its chief conductor Josep Pons, with Bertram Kornacher overseeing the musical production.

The album, beautifully presented and with documented sleeve notes by Yvan Nommick, also includes ‘Three Epigrams’ for orchestra and the world premiere of the composer’s latest work, ‘Darkness visible. Nocturne for orchestra’.

Written as a commission for the Orquesta Nacional de España, which premiered the piece in January 2007 at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid in February 2007, ‘Alter Klang’ has enjoyed notable success, having been played on repeated occasions in Spain and abroad (Holland, Belgium, Sweden) by orchestras such as the Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the NJO from The Netherlands, the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Malmö Simfoni Orkester. And in March 2012 it will be performed in Barcelona by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

Hèctor Parra wins an Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation Composers’ Prize

Posted by Cristina Martí on February 14, 2011  |  1 Comment

El compositor Hèctor ParraThe Barcelona composer Hèctor Parra has won one of the coveted three prizes for the promotion of new music awarded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. He is the first Catalan to do so. The award is worth 40,000 euros and includes a commission for a work. The prize-giving act will take place on 24 May 2011 during a musical celebration at the Theatre Cuvilliés in Munich and his piece will be premiered by the Ensemble Recherche. The board of trustees of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, which includes the composers Wolfgang Rihm and Helmut Lachenmann among others, considers Parra to be one of the most promising young composers: “What transpires in the music of Hector Parra is exactly what generally tends to define art: it allows us to indulge ourselves in the voluptuousness of the passing of present time.”

In addition to Hector Parra, the British composer Steven Daverson and the German Hans Thomalla, based in the USA, received promotional prizes for young composers, while the Ernst von Siemens International Music Award, worth 200,000 euros, went to the great German composer Aribert Reimann in recognition of his complete works. The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation distributes a total of 2.5 million euros. In 2011, it will support over one hundred contemporary music projects in twenty countries.

Hèctor Parra

Born in Barcelona in 1976, Hèctor Parra studied at the Barcelona Conservatory, where he was awarded Prizes with Distinction in Composition, Piano and Harmony. He studied piano with Mª Jesús Crespo, and composition with David Padrós, Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey, as well as with Michael Jarrell at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. He was an active participant in the composition workshops at Royaumont and the Centre Acanthes (France), Takefu (Japan), Impuls Graz (Austria), and he completed the International Course in Musical Composition and Computing at the IRCAM in 2002-2003. In 2004-2005 he was invited to take up a postgraduate residency at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Lyon. In 2005 he obtained a Masters in Art Aesthetics with first-class honours from the University of Paris VIII, under the tuition of Horacio Vaggione.

Despite his youth, he has a long record of composition and has received numerous awards and commissions. He currently holds the Chair of Electroacoustic Composition at the Aragon Conservatory of Music in Spain and in 2010 took up the post of lecturer in analysis and composition with the Manuel de Falla chair at the Cádiz Conservatory., He has also worked recently in close collaboration with the eminent Harvard theoretical physicist Lisa Randall in the opera “Hypermusic Prologue” and written the music for the film Equinoxe, directed by Laurent Carcélès, whose soundtrack has been recorded by the Ensemble intercontemporain.

His music is published by Editorial Tritó and, since 2010, by Universal Music Publishing (Durand, Paris) in addition. A CD with his trios and chamber music pieces performed by the Ensemble Recherche is available on the KAIROS label, as is Hypermusic Prologue, recorded by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the IRCAM.

Riccardo Muti. The Art of Music Conducting

Posted by Marcel Soleda on January 31, 2011  |  2 Comments

Funny and spiring speech by Maestro Riccardo Muti, after receiving the Musician of the Year 2010 Award, of Musical America. He is both witty and wise when describing the difficult art of Music Conducting. You should not miss this.

Opening of the application period for participation in the Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition

Posted by Leticia Martin on October 13, 2009  |  Leave a comment

The application period for participation in the Cadaqués Orchestra international conducting competition will open soon. Thanks to this competition, prestigious conductors such as Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko and Pablo González, winners in previous years, were able to give their careers a decisive push forward.

As on previous occasions, the competition includes both a classical orchestral repertoire, with works by composers such as Schubert, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, and Spanish music, old and new. The composer commissioned to write the compulsory piece for this 10th competition is José María Sánchez Verdú. It will be performed during the final stages of the competition.

The jury, chaired by the Russian maestro Gennady Rozhdestvensky, is made up of professionals from the world of music and – something that is basic to the proceedings of this competition – members of the Orquesta de Cadaqués itself.

Online application will be open from January 7th on the orchestra website, where you can view the terms and conditions, the history of the competition, and also the Orchestra’s activities. The competition repertoire may be acquired through

Hèctor Parra, winner of the Premio Tendències award for up-and-coming creators

Posted by Leticia Martin on February 5, 2009  |  Leave a comment

The composer Hèctor Parra (Barcelona, 1976) has had a good start to 2009, a year that is going to confirm him as one of the most important Spanish composers on the international scene. On 19 January he received the Premio Tendencies for the outstanding, up-and-coming creator of the year in Catalonia, awarded by the Catalan edition of the newspaper El Mundo.

The composer was thrilled to win this prize, in particular because it represents recognition of his work in his home city, something that up till now has been more evident abroad. A good example of the interest this composer is arousing is the programming of his opera Hypermusic Prologue by the Teatre Liceo in Barcelona, undoubtedly his most ambitious work to date. This opera, with a libretto by the American physicist Lisa Randall, was commissioned by the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, and will be premiered in that city before coming to the Barcelona theatre.

Madrid has also just recently been the venue for a concert with works by Hèctor Parra. As part of the programming of Musicadhoy the Ensemble Recherche played his works Abîme- Antigona IV, String Trio and Piano Trio nº1: Wortschatten. These works have been recorded by the same ensemble on a monographic CD produced by the Austrian label Kairos in conjunction with Caja Madrid.

Poética, by Jesus Torres, winner of the “Millenium Chamber Players” prize

Posted by Leticia Martin on February 5, 2009  |  1 Comment

Poética (2007), a work for a trio with piano and clarinet, by Jesús Torres, has won the “Millenium Chamber Players” prize awarded every year by the musicians of the Chicago ensemble.

This year there were over 300 competition entries and the jury, formed by Augusta Read Thomas, Kyung Mee Choi, Bernard Rands and George Flynn, admitted it had had difficulty in choosing a winner when it announced its decision.

As a prize Jesús Torres will receive a commission for a chamber work to be performed by the musicians of the “Millenium Chamber Players”. David Adamcyk and Miguel Villanueva received special mentions from the jury and Clifton Callender, Amos Elkana, Massimo Lauricella, Ned McGowan and Todd Tarantino received honourable mentions.

Poética is a work in five movements based on different texts by German poets: Novalis, Hölderlin, Rilke, Trakl and Celan. It was premiered by the Trío Arbós with the clarinettist José Luis Estellés.

Further information in Victor Rebullida’s blog.

Ramón Humet wins the “Ciutat de Tarragona” International Award for Musical Composition

Posted by Leticia Martin on December 19, 2008  |  Leave a comment

The score Gagaku by Ramón Humet has been chosen the winner of the 16th “Ciutat de Tarragona” International Award for Musical Composition. This was the jury’s decision after examining the thirty-two competing scores.
The prize money in this competition, organised by Tarragona City Council and sponsored by Repsol YPF and Spanish National Radio (RNE), amounts to 12,000 euros.

Gagaku, which lasts twelve minutes, is dedicated with thanks and admiration to the maestro Joan Guinjoan. The jury was made up of the musicians Tomás Marco, Héctor Parra, Vincent Paulet, Yves Prin, Zuriñe Gerenabarrena, Jean Pierre Dupuy and J. Mª Mestres-Quadreny. The winning work will be premiered in 2009 by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

During his career Ramón Humet has won awards such as the Montreal Olivier Messiaen International Composition Prize and the Queen Sofia and the Joaquín Rodrigo-Villa de Madrid Composition Prizes. He has received commissions for the Festival Òpera de Butxaca and the Ensemble Residencias among others.

Among his projects for the future three commissions deserve special mention, a symphony for the JONC (Joven Orquesta Nacional de Cataluña), a chamber work for the Festival Nous Sons (Oriol Aymat – Sílvia Vidal duet) and a commission from the Fundación Caixa Cataluña for the pianist Alberto Rosado.

Reported in the Diari de Tarragona and Further information at y

Gabriel Erkoreka in Zarzuela’s Palacio

Posted by Marcel Soleda on November 12, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Queen Sofía has met in the Zarzuela’s Palacio the recently winner of the XXVth Prize Reina Sofia of Musical Composition, Gabriel Erkoreka. Erkoreka has won this prize for his work Fuegos for orchestra.

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Gabriel Erkoreka’s “Fuegos”, finalist for the Queen Sofía competition

Posted by Marcel Soleda on October 6, 2008  |  Leave a comment

“Fuegos” by the composer Gabriel Erkoreka premieres this 10 October at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid with the RTVE Orchestra, conducted by director Adrian Leaper, in the extraordinary final concert of the Queen Sofía Composition Prize organized by the Ferrer Salat Foundation.

The programme also includes this year’s other finalist work, Concertino for Viola and Orchestra by the Japanese composer Takahiro Sakuma.

Gabriel Erkoreka was born in Bilbao in 1968 and has lived in London for more than ten years. Among other composition honours, he has won First Prize from the Spanish Society of Authors and Writers (SGAE); the Basque Government Prize; the Josiah Parker Prize; the Rome Prize, as well as prizes from the Spanish National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) and the Spanish College of Paris. He is an honorary associate member of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) and composition tutor at MUSIKENE-Higher Conservatory of Music of the Basque Country.

This is his first work published by Tritó.

75 Conductors from around the world gather for the 9th Cadaqués Orchestra international conducting competition

Posted by Marcel Soleda on May 21, 2008  |  Leave a comment




From 2 to 7 June, the auditoriums of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Girona and Barcelona open their doors to the public for the successive rounds and final concert of the 9th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition.


Organized by the Cadaqués Orchestra, 75 conductors from 46 countries worldwide demonstrate their technical, artistic and communication skills with the Cadaqués Orchestra before the jury and audiences, with works by classical and contemporary composers: A. Schönberg, W.A. Mozart, I. Albéniz, J. Rueda, X. Montsalvatge, A. Guinovart, J. Haydn, S. Prokofiev, J.C. Arriaga, Rimski-Korsakov, G. Rossini and David del Puerto.

The winner will walk away with a prize of 6,000 euros and a tour with 31 Spanish and international orchestras.

The international jury is presided by Russian maestro Gennady Rozdhestvensky. The other members of the jury are: Lutz Köhler, conductor and president of the jury of the Munich International Music Competition; Alejandro Posada, principal conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Castile and Leon and the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia; John Neschling, conductor of the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra; Cornelia Schmid, president of the Konzertscmid Hannover; and the Cadaqués Orchestra.


The final concert of the competition sees the premiere of a work specially commissioned, in collaboration with the Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea, to test the young conductors.

The work is Cap quers by the composer David del Puerto, winner of the 2005 Spanish National Music Prize.

Since its founding, the Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition has grown in prestige, thanks in part to the subsequent careers of some of its most outstanding winners, including Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, Gloria Isabel Ramos, Alejandro Posada and Paul González.

Calendar and invitations

All the qualifying rounds of the competition (at the Auditori de Girona) are open to the public, as will be, for the first time this year, free of charge, the finals at the Sala Oriol Martorell of the Auditori de Barcelona on 7 June at 8 pm.


Premiere of Quaderno d’Estate by Jesús Rueda in Ferrara

Posted by Marcel Soleda on May 15, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Quaderno d’estate, a work for guitar by Jesús Rueda, commissioned by the Jacinto and Inocencio Guerrero Foundation for the 17th International Guitar Competition in 2007, will be premiered by Stefano Cardi this 25 May in the Italian city of Ferrara at the Festival miXXer – le mille musiche del secolo XX, organized by the city’s G. Frescobaldi Conservatory and the Teatro Comunale.

The work, which has received high praise from the critics, is rich in nuances, with constant changes in tempo and rhythm, and demonstrates the Madrid composer’s command of the instrument. The guitarist Stefano Cardi knows the work well after overseeing and adapting the writing for guitar.

Benet Casablancas at Musicadhoy

Posted by Redacción on February 19, 2008  |  Leave a comment

The in its 12th edition, Musicadhoy, a season of contemporary music held in Madrid, dedicates a monographic concert to the Catalan composer Benet Casablancas, the most recent winner of the Catalan National Music Prize for composition. The concert focuses on his chamber music, with a programme featuring: “Movement for Trio”, “Two Pieces for clarinet and piano”, “Impromptu” -Trio No. 2-, “Passacaglia for solo violin” (WORLD PREMIERE), “Tríptico”, for solo cello, “Cant per a F. Mompou -remembrança-” for cello and piano, “Haiku para Trio” and “Introduction, Cadenza and Aria”, for violin, clarinet, cello and piano. The works are performed by the Trio Kandinsky (Corrado Bolsi, Amparo Lacruz, Emili Brugalla) with the clarinetist Salvador Salvador, from Proyecto Gerhard. The concert takes place this 6 March at the National Auditorium in Madrid.

Benet Casablancas, Catalan National Music Prize 2007

Posted by Redacción on July 18, 2007  |  Leave a comment

Benet Casablancas was born in Sabadell in 1956 and studied in Barcelona under Josep Soler and Antoni Ros-Marbà and later in Vienna under Friedrich Cerha and K.H. Füssl. Although he devotes a great deal of his time to working as a music educator, theorist and critic, it is accomplishments as a composer that have brought him his international reputation. His works have won awards in competitions around the world and are performed regularly by the most prestigious specialized orchestras and ensembles. Now his long career as a composer has been rewarded with the highest distinction conceded by the Catalan government in the field: the Premi Nacional de Música. Tritó has published five of Mr Casablancas’ most recent works and will soon be releasing others, including the symphonic works The Dark Backward of Time, Intrada sobre el nom de Dalí and the impromptu for orchestra Alter Klang.

Ramon Humet receives International Composition Award by Olivier Messiaen for”Escenas de pájaros”

Posted by Marcel Soleda on January 19, 2007  |  Leave a comment

The prestigious Canadian prize taken by Ramon Humet includes a commission from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM), a radio broadcast of the winning work by Espace musique, recording of the work on CD conducted by Kent Nagano, a performance of a work written by the winner by an orchestra of Radio France, and a commission of a work for piano for the ACDA (Association pour la Création et la Diffusion Artistique) (Paris), in addition to a substantial cash prize.

In Spain, the same work also received Reina Sofia Prize. Escenas para pájaros was performed this past 10 January during the final round of the first Montreal International Composition Prize, under the direction of Jean-François Rivest, OSM conductor-in-residence. The members of the jury were: Maestro Kent Nagano, new musical director of the OSM, the composers Unsuk Chin (Korea), Peter Eötvös (Hungary), Gilles Tremblay (Canada) and Gilbert Amy (France), the jury chairman.

The competition, which is for orchestral works, came into being on the initiative of Kent Nagano. It is open to composers of all nationalities aged 40 years or younger, and its aim is to promote musical creation while developing ties between the OSM and the composers of today and in order actively to contribute to a renewal of the symphonic repertoire. The Tritó catalogue contains the following works by Ramon Humet: Tres Nocturns (Tritó), Encanteris per a piano (Amalgama)

Emilio Aragón wins SGAE composition prize

Posted by Marcel Soleda on December 21, 2006  |  Leave a comment

The composer and director Emilio Aragón has won the 2006 Daniel Montorio prize for his score for the ballet Blancanieves (Snow White), based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.

The production was premiered at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao on 3 November, 2005, with choreography, stage direction and libretto by Ricardo Cué and Tamara Rojo as principal ballerina.

Publication of two scores by José María Sánchez-Verdú

Posted by Marcel Soleda on October 6, 2006  |  Leave a comment

Tritó announces the publication of Abyad-Kamoon and Istikhbar, the final two parts of Kitab Al-Alwan (Book of Colours) by the young composer José M. Sánchez Verdú, winner of the 2003 Spanish National Music Prize and one of Spain’s most internationally prestigious contemporary composers.

Tritó, in conjunction with the regional government of Andalusia, also published the two first scores from this series, Taqsim and Ahmar-Aswad. Both were premiered in 2005. Tritó has two CDs featuring music by this composer: Arquitecturas de la ausencia and Música de cámara actual, with works by other contemporary composers.

Pablo González wins the Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition

Posted by Marcel Soleda on May 31, 2006  |  Leave a comment

pablo gonzalezBy unanimous decision of the jury presided by Mr. Gennady Rozhdestvensky, the Spanish conductor Pablo González (Oviedo, 1975) has been awarded the first prize in the 8th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition. Second prize went to the Briton Justin Doyle

.As winner, Mr. González will receive 6,000 euros and the invitation to conduct 28 orchestras over the next three years. In the final round, which was held at L’Auditori de Barcelona, Messrs. González and Doyle each conducted works by Mozart and Beethoven plus a score commissioned for the competition, Ttakun, by Ramón Lazkano.

The Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition, which is open to conductors under the age of 35, is held every two years. Since its founding, it has grown steadily in prestige and quality. This has also led to an increase in the number of applicants, which this year reached 182.

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