CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Advanced Level

Elisenda Carrasco

She began her musical studies at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Barcelona, where she finished the higher degrees of Composition and Instrumentation and Orchestra Conducting, as well as Musical Pedagogy. In the field of choir conduction, she was taught by S. Johnson, L. Heltay, J. Prats, P. Cao, H. Rilling and F. Bernius. As well as by G. Hollerung and J. Frihsmund in Germany, awarded by the association Musica Mundi. For 30 years, she devoted herself to the world of pedagogy, mainly to work with children’s voices. In this area, she emphasizes her work at the Escolania de Montserrat and at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona. She has been invited on several occasions by Europa Cantat and Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend to teach choral workshops; also in Venezuela, through the Schola Cantorum in Caracas and the FESNOJIV, to carry out didactic and direction courses and workshops with children. For more than fifteen years, she has been the musical director of the Opera to Secondary project, which is organized by the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the JONC (Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya). For seventeen years she was the artistic and musical director of the Children’s Choir of the Orfeó Català of the Palau de la Música in Barcelona; and has led, for four seasons, the mixed choir Lieder Camera. She regularly collaborates with the Educational Service of L’Auditori de Barcelona participating in the training of teachers, and is the co-director of the Cantània project. From this season 2018-2019 she is a teacher of the ESMUC. Currently, and since its creation more than 25 years ago, she has conducted the Cor Infantil de Sant Cugat and, since 1999, the Voxalba female choir.

ADULT CHOIR

Intermediate Level

Pere Lluís Biosca

Considered one of the most influential vocal music directors in Catalonia, Pere Lluís Biosca has an intense activity as director and pedagogue of choral conduction. He trained in Barcelona with Mireia Barrera, Josep Vila and Pierre Cao and in Helsinki with Matti Hyökki. His discography focuses on Catalan baroque composers; Mir i Llussà and Tomàs Milans with the vocal ensemble La Xantria and Joan Cererols with the Cor Francesc Valls. He regularly participates in various festivals and concert cycles, conducting a repertoire that includes from the Renaissance to contemporary music. Until 2016, he was the head of the ARSinNOVA Chamber Choir in Barcelona, the National Prize for Choral Singing (Gijón 2013). As a guest conductor (2015) at the Cor de Noies de l’Orfeó Català he offered several concerts dedicated to the music of Arvo Pärt, receiving advice from the composer himself. He has also worked in productions of the Gran Teatre del Liceu preparing the choral parts of several operas. He is currently the main conductor of the Cor Francesc Valls of the Cathedral of Barcelona and professor of choral conducting at the FCEC courses and the Superior School Taller de Músics. As of September 2019, he will assume the conduction of the Cor Madrigal of Barcelona.

Jordi Lluch

He studied Composition and Instrumentation and Orchestra Conduction at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Música of Barcelona. As a singer, he has participated in different vocal groups: Coral Cármina, Cor Madrigal, Capella de Santa Maria del Mar… He is also professor of Pedagogy of Music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). As choral conductor, he was trained mainly with Mireia Barrera and Pierre Cao, and also with teachers such as Manel Cabero, John Poole, Carl Hogset, Johan Dujck, Martín Schmidt, Josep Vila… He is coordinator and professor of choral conduction in the courses organized by the FCEC (Federació Catalana d’Entitats Corals) in Barcelona. He has conducted different vocal groups in Maresme, Vallès, Gironès and Barcelonès. He has recorded “Les set paraules de Crist a la Creu” by Cristòfor Taltabull, conducting the Orquestra de Cambra de Granollers, Cor Ciutat de Mataró and tenor Josep Fadó, published by Audiovisuals de Sarrià and also the album “Cantem Àfrica”, a project in cooperation with countries as Senegal and Mozambique. He currently is conductor of Coral Regina of Manlleu, Coral Belles Arts of Sabadell and the founder and conductor of Cor Ciutat de Mataró.

ADULT CHOIR

Advanced Level

Josep Vila i Casañas

Conductor, composer and pedagogue born in Sabadell in 1966. He is the conductor of the Lieder Camera Choir and has also been the conductor of the Orfeó Català (1998-2016), of the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana (2011-2016 ) and of the Coro de Radiotelevisión Española (2007-2010). He has collaborated on time with formations such as the National Choir of Spain, the Choir of the Radio of Sweden, the Orfeón Donostiarra, the Choir of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, the National Youth Choir Simon Bolivar of Venezuela, the Orquesta Radiotelevisión Española, the Orquestra Barroca Catalana, the National Classical Orchestra of Andorra, the 1750 Academy, the Vallès Symphony Orchestra and the Málaga Symphony Orchestra. As a choir coach, he has worked alongside the main conductors on the international scene: Daniel Barenboim, Daniele Gatti, Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Marc Minkowski, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, René Jacobs, Lorin Maazel, Helmuth Rilling and Franz Brüggen, among others. He is the author of an extensive catalog of vocal and instrumental music and, since 2005, he is a professor of choir conducting at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya. He also regularly teaches workshops, seminars and masterclasses in various European and Latin American cities.

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