Xavier Pagès-Corella | Conductor and composer

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Studies

Xavier Pagès-Corella studied in Barcelona Conservatory and Liceu Conservatory where he graduated in piano with Margarita Serrat and Montserrat Almirall, composition with Salvador Pueyo and conducting with Albert Argudo. In 2000 he was admitted in the Conservatory of Vienna, where he studied conducting with Georg Mark and Reinhard Schwarz. He also has attended several conducting and composition marsterclasses, in which he has worked with conductors such as Ovidiu Balan, Robert Gutter, Manuel Hernández Silva, Collin Metters, Antoni Ros Marbà and composers such as Carles Guinovart and Albert Sardà. In 2008 he met Joan Guinjoan, who became one of his main mentors.

In 1994 he won the Competition Josep Mirabent i Magrans for young musicians, with which he studied conducting and composition with Lou Harrison, Laszlo Heltay and Diego Masson, at the Dartington International Summer School. In 2005 he received a special mention of the selection jury of the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, and won the assistant conductor position of Salvador Mas and Manel Valdivieso in the National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia. In 2016 he was finalist of the IV International Conducting Competition of the Córdoba Symphony Orchestra. Along with his music studies he graduated as Electric Engineer. His project on a computer-assisted piano tuning method was awarded by the prize of the Industrial Engineers Association of Catalonia.

Conducting

He has conducted in festivals and auditoriums such as L'Auditori of Barcelona, the Palau de la Música, the Barcelona Grec Festival , the Castell de Peralada Festival, the Pocket Opera Festival of Barcelona and the Pau Casals International Music Festival. He has conducted ensembles such as the Granada Symphony Orchestra, the Eivissa Symphony Orchestra, the Elche Symphony Orchestra, the Giorquestra, the Orquestra Camerata Musicae, the Orquestra Camerata XXI, the Eduard Toldrà Camerata, and the Terrassa 48 Chamber Orchestra. Internationally, he has debuted in America with the Mendoza Philharmonic Orchestra (Argentina) and condcuted ensembles such as the Arts Symphony Orchestra of Culiacán (Mexico), the Orchestra of Catalogne (France), the Philharmonic Orchestra 'Mihail Jora' of Bacau (Rumania), and the Thüringen Philharmonic (Germany). He also has conducted contemporary music ensembles such as Grup 21 or Sitges 94 of the Contemporary Music Foundation, and from 2017 he is musical director of the ensemble Barcelona Modern Project.

Between 2004 and 2009, he has been conductor of the Sant Jordi Cobla with which he has had an intensive concert activity, and he has conducted several recordings for radio stations such as Catalunya Música and the National Radio of Spain, and labels such as Harmonia Mundi and Columna Música. Pedagogically, he has collaborated in the concerts of the Academy of the Catalonia School of Music (ESMUC), the Veus del Cor project, the Orquestra Fusió Sant Cugat, the Pau Casals Music School Orchestra and the Figueres Youth Orchestra. From 2015 he teaches conducting and composing related subjects at the Conservatory of Liceu in Barcelona.

Composing

He has been awarded in several national and international composition awards, such as the Andrés Gaos Composition Prize (A Coruña, 2014) —for his work From the bottom of the mirror for symphony orchestra—, in the International Composition Competition 'City of Tarragona' —for his work Echoes for pino and symphony orchestra—, and the Oare String Orchestra Composing Competition (United Kingdom, 2004) —for his work Path of seconds for string orchestra. He also has received commissions such as the World Symposium on Choral Music (2017), L'Auditori of Barcelona ('Cantània', 2015), the Cervera Music Festival (2014), the Sardanist Federation of Catalonia (2014 ,2012), the Orfeó Català Foundation — Palau de la Música (2006, 2008, 2011), the Sant Cugat Symphony Orchestra (2005), the Pocket Opera Festival of Barcelona (2004) and the Memorial Joaquim Serra (2001).

His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Ibiza Symphony Orchestra, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony (USA), the Oare String Orchestra (UK) and contemporary music ensembles such as Platypus (Vienna, Austria) and Neoars Sonora (Granada). A peculiarity of its production is the use of the cobla —a traditional musical ensemble— in combination with classical instruments and ensembles. A good exemple of this utilisation is his work The procession for cobla and orchestra and The call of time for choir cobla and orchestra. All his music is published at Influx Sheet Music.

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