2018

Joan Magrané Figuera

Composer

Reus (Catalonia)

November 2018

Biography —

www.joanmagrane.com

Joan Magrané (Reus, 1988) he received his first composition lessons by Ramon Humet. He subsequently studied at ESMUC (Barcelona) with Agustín Charles, in the Kunst Universität (Graz) with Beat Furrer and in the CNSMD (Paris) with Stefano Gervasoni. He was one of the lauréats of the Villa Medici in Rome (2016) and member of the Casa Velázquez in Madrid (2017/2018). This season 18/19 is composer in residence in La Pedrera, Barcelona. His works has been performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Pintscher, Mantovani), Quatuor Diotima, Quartet Gerhard, Neue Vocalsolisten, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Pintscher), OBC (Matheus), Orquesta de la RTVE (Kalmar) and many others. He has been awarded several international awards including the Premio Injuve (2010), Berliner Opernprize (2013) and the XXXI Queen Sophia Composition Prize (2014). Some of his pieces are edited by Éditions Durand.

Project —

Tombeau will be a solo piece for cello. The premier will be held at La Pedrera’s auditorium (Barcelona) on March 17, 2019 by Roger Morelló. The work, a meditative and intimate tombeau, will be inspired by the viola da gamba music of the barroque français having in mind key composers of the genre such as M. de Sainte-Colombe or Marin Marais. To further approximate the sound of these two instruments the cello will have a scordatura in the 4th string from C to B, that is a semitone down.