Dr. ACHILE PICCHI
Brazil, 1952 - Composer 2016
Achille Picchi was born in São Paulo in 1952, started his professional career as soloist and chamber musician in 1972 and has been performing recitals and concerts in Brazil and abroad regularly since. His soloist repertoire covers the most important traditional instrument literature, as well as a large number of works of Brazilian composers with specialized literature. He has performed many first national and international auditions. His chamber music repertoire is quite extensive, both instrumental and vocal, including opera. He specialised in being a répétiteur, his field of expertise. He worked for eleven years as pianist in IMAGES TRIO in São Paulo, which he founded. For the 2015 festival he composed the duet Qatorce.
Cuba, 1986 - Composer 2018
Mariela Rodríguez (1986) is a Cuban composer based in Valladolid. She has studied piano at the National School of Music of Havana, Cuba, composition at the Higher Institute of Art of Cuba, with the composer Roberto Valera, and musicology at the Master of Hispanic Music at the University of Salamanca.
In 2011, she received the First Prize of Composition "Harold Gramagtes," awarded by the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), for the cycle for voice and piano entitled Three Black Poems. Mariela has received scholarships and grants from various institutions: Fundación SGAE; Association of Performers of Spain (AIE); Municipal Culture Foundation of Valladolid and Santander Bank. Her music has sound at various events in concert halls in Havana, Milan, Valladolid, Barcelona, Kecskemét, Bucharest, and Reichenau.
Dr. ELISENDA FÀBREGAS
Catalan/American composer Elisenda Fábregas was the composer in 2015. She wrote the Barcelona Festival of Song the song cycle Tiempo de amor, for soprano, tenor and piano, a cycle that was premiered at the opening concert of the festival 2015 by Patricia Caicedo, Lenine Santos and Nikos Stavlas. The poetry is by Al-Andalusi poets Ibn-Saydun and Wallada.
Elisenda is based in Seoul, South Korea, where she is an Invited professor of music at Kyung-Hee University Humanitas College. She holds doctorates from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in music composition (2011), and from Columbia University Teachers College in education (1992); she also received a Masters and Bachelors in piano performance from The Juilliard School (1983). Before coming to the US, she completed the highest studies as a pianist in Barcelona. During her early career, Elisenda performed as a pianist throughout Europe and the US, including a Carnegie Recital Hall debut in New York. These experiences as a performer and the training involved ultimately propelled her towards musical composition.
Dr. BENET CASABLANCAS
Born in Sabadell (Barcelona) and widely regarded as one of the leading Spanish composers of his generation, Benet Casablancas studied music in Barcelona and Vienna, where he worked with, among others, Friedrich Cerha and Karl-Heinz Füssl. He also has a degree in philosophy and a PhD in musicology, both from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In the Barcelona Festival of Song 2012 pianist Daniel Ligorio premiered Si a Montsalvatge, a piano work written by Benet Casablancas His work, is an homage to Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002) in the celebration of his 100 birthday. The concert in which the piece was premiered took place at the Sala de Llevant of the Biblioteca de Catalunya on July 3th, 2012.
LUIS JORGE GONZALEZ
In BFOS 2013 Patricia Caicedo and Ivana Krusedolac debuted the song cycle by Luis Gonzalez Canciones para celebrar un niño. His compositions for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choir, and solo instruments have been performed in major concert halls and festivals of Europe, the U.S.A., South America, and Japan.
Dr. JOSÉ LEZCANO
Composer 2009, 2012
In 2012 Cuban-American composer José Lezcano was commissioned for second time to write a song cycle for voice and guitar for the Barcelona Festival of Song. This song cycle Canciones nostálgicas with poetry by Chilean poet Jorge Nef (1952-2016). The new song cycle was be debuted at the opening concert of the Barcelona Festival of Song at the Palau Moja in Barcelona on June 28th, 2012 by Patricia Caicedo and José Lezcano. The titles of the songs are: Canciones nostálgicas I. Transparencia, II. París, yo te recuerdo, III. Santiago.
In 2009 he wrote a song cycle for voice and guitar title Canciones de lluvia setting to music the poetry by Chilean poet Jorge Nef. Both, composer and poet were at present at the opening concert of the Barcelona Festival of Song 2009 when soprano Patricia Caicedo and composer-guitarist José Lezcano performed the songs for first time, on July the 2th at the Residencia d´Investigadors del CSIC in Barcelona. Canciones de Lluvia: I. El caer de la lluvia, II. Me acuerdo de otras lluvias, III. El rumor de la lluvia.
Dr. AGUSTIN FERNANDEZ
Bolivia, 1958 - Composer 2005
Bolivian composer Agustin Fernández wrote for the Barcelona Festival of Song 2006 a cycle for voice and piano title Alquimia. It is formed by three songs: 1. Desiderata 2. Dame 3. Más desiderata. The poetry is by the same composer.
The cycle was debuted by soprano Patricia Caicedo and pianist Pau Casan at the opening concert celebrated Orfeó Granciec, Barcelona. on June the 20th, 2006.
Dr. MOISÉS BERTRAN Catalunya/Colombia, 1967
Born in 1967 in Mataró (Barcelona, Spain), Moisès Bertran Ventejo holds the degrees of 'Professor Superior de Piano', 'Professor Superior de Solfeig i Teoria de la Música' and 'Professor Superior de Composició' from the 'Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu de Barcelona' & 'Conservatori Superior Municipal de Música de Barcelona'. He has also earned the degrees of 'Master in Music' and 'Doctor in Musical Arts' from 'The Hartt School' (University of Hartford-USA). His main teachers have been Salvador Pueyo & James Sellars for composition, and Maria Jesús Crespo & Luiz de Moura Castro for piano performance.
FABIAN HERBEITH ROA Colombia, 1984
In 2010 the Barcelona Festival of Song together with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá created a compositional prize for a vocal work. The winner was Fabián Roa who composed a song cycle title Balada del tiempo perdido using poem by Colombian poet León de Greiff. The songs of the cycle are: I. Serenade II. Tanguedia III. Habanera
Cúba, 1954 - Composer 2012
Cuban composer Walfrido Domínguez wrote for the Barcelona Festival of Song 2007 a cycle of three songs for voice and guitar: 1. Nana de Iguará 2. Danzón de Agosto 3. Si te vas. Domínguez The poems are by Susana Arias. The cycle was debuted by soprano Patricia Caicedo and guitarist Jonas Skielboe at the opening concert presented at the Sala Mompou in Barcelona on July the 4th.
Peruvian composer Edgar Valcárcel wrote a cycle of three songs titled Tres canciones coloniales inspired in texts and melodies of XVIII century Bishop Baltazar Martínez de Compañon. Tres Canciones Coloniales: I. Tonada al Tupamaro Caxamarca II. Cachua al nacimiento de Cristo III. Tonada El diamante de Chachapoyas: Más allá de la muerte. The cycle was debuted on July the 3th, 2008 at the Ateneu Barcelonés by soprano Patricia Caicedo, pianist Douglas Bringas a violinist Anna Gardé.
USA, 1993 - Composer 2014
Born in Colorado in 1993 to Colombian parents, Nicolás Gutierrez showed an interest in music at a young age, starting piano lessons at the age of seven. Nicolás started composing at the age of thirteen and has composed several choral, chamber, and orchestral works including two musicals. He currently studies composition with Dr. Till MacIvor Meyn at Texas Christian University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music. His compositions have been in great demand in several countries including the United States, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, and Syria.
For the BFOS 2014 he wrote a cycle of 3 songs titled Nostalgias del abuelo, setting to music the poems of his grandfather Mariano Melendro.
Brazil, 1930 - Composer 2018
Pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Villani-Cortes is one of the most renowned composers in Brazil.
In 1989 and 1990 he won the Melhores prize awarded by the Paulista Association of Art Critics (APCA) for his song cycle with the poetry of Cecilia Meireles, considered the best vocal composition of that year.
His songs and chamber works are among the most performed brazilian pieces around the world.
Barcelona, 1966 - Poet 2018
Poet Santiago Montobbio holds a degree in Law and Hispanic Philology from the University of Barcelona and is a professor at the National University of Distance Education (UNED).
His youth poetry was published in Confirmed Ethics (1990) and El anarquista de las bengalas (2005). This last book was a finalist for the 2006 Quijote Prize in the category of poetry, granted by the Association of Spanish Writers.
In 2009, after twenty years of silence, he returned to writing poetry with great intensity. This poems were published in the collection El Bardo: La poesía es un fondo de agua marina (2011), Los soles por las noches esparcidos (2013), Hasta el final camina el canto (2015) y Sobre el cielo imposible (2016). In 2017 the same publisher launched the books La lucidez del alba desvelada and La Antigua luz de la poesía.
USA, 1950 - Painter 2018
Painter Susan Parker Martin depicts the reality of the world as she sees it, a reality embedded with layers of introspection and emotion. Her work is about discovery and response. Mark-making followed by observation repeat as hallmarks of her process. Martin studied with Susan Shatter and Paul Ching-Bor at the Art Students League in New York City where she lives..
Dr. ANNA CAZURRA
Anna Cazurra was the commisioned composer in 2016. She created the song cycle Tensho based on poems by Carles Duarte (1959). Anna began her music training at the Music Conservatory of Barcelona in Spain where she studied piano and violin — later delving into composition and orchestration under the guidance of the Spanish composer Josep Soler.
She earned degrees of Profesora Superior in both composition and instrumentation as well as in music pedagogy. Simultaneously, she embarked on musicological studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona where, in 1988, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. She have been granted several scholarships to help subsidize and support her work on her doctoral dissertation. She obtained her doctorate in musicology in1992, specializing in music of the Spanish Baroque.