Carlos Fontcuberta wins the XXXVII Reina Sofía Prize for Musical Composition
The jury of the Reina Sofía Prize for Musical Composition has declared Carlos Fontcuberta winner of the XXXVII edition, for his work Trencadís.
Carlos Fontcuberta was born in Valencia in 1977. He studied composition with Ramón Ramos in Valencia and with Gérard Pesson and J. Manuel López López in Paris. He is the winner of the First Prize "Xavier Montsalvatge" in the XXII Young Composers Prize Foundation Author-CNDM, and winner of the call for the Plural Ensemble directed by young composers in 2011.
His works have been performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Nationale de Lorraine, Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana, Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana, Grup Instrumental de València, Ensemble Espai Sonor, Ensemble d'Arts, Smash Ensemble, Plural Ensemble , Ensemble Cepromusic, Neopercusión, Ensemble l'Itinéraire, Ensemble Orchestrutopica, etc; in auditoriums such as the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Palau de la Música of Valencia, Teatro Romano in Sagunto, Auditorio 400 of the Centre of Arts Reina Sofía, Auditori of Barcelona, Teatros del Canal, Teatro Auditorio Escorial, BBVA Foundation in Bilbao, Auditorio of Zaragoza, Arsenal de Metz; and in festivals such as Ensems, Alicante Contemporary Music Festival, Acanthes Festival (Metz), Gare du Nord Festival (Basel), Bernaola Festival, Sacred Art Festival in Madrid, Mostra Sonora de Sueca, etc. He is currently the recipient of a Leonardo Grant from the BBVA Foundation for the composition of an opera.
He has been resident composer of the Jove Orquesta de la Generalitat Valenciana, for which he wrote the opera White Nights premiered at the Palau de les Arts in concert version, and Liebestod (Barcarola for orchestra). Both works are collected on a monographic LP recorded by the orchestra under the direction of Manuel Galduf. With this LP there is also a monographic CD, recently published with the art, literature and music magazine Sibila, which dedicates its last issue’s musical section to it.
Among the commissions received, it is worth highlighting his work for the Choir of the Generalitat Valenciana in commemoration of its XXV anniversary, the composition of one of the obligatory pieces for the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition, and Radio France's commission of a recorded piece by the Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France for the radio program Création mondiale at France Musique.
He has also received commissions from the Instrumental Group of Valencia, the Mostra Sonora de Sueca, Neopercusión, the Chamber Music Festival "Residencias" by Godella and the Percute Festival in Catarroja.