Xavier Pagès-Corella | Conductor and composer

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Studies

Xavier Pagès-Corella, born in Sant Pere de Ribes (Barcelona) in 1971, studied piano with Margarita Serrat and Montserrat Almirall, and composition with Salvador Pueyo at the Conservatory of Liceu, and he graduated with honors in conducting with Albert Argudo at the Conservatory of Barcelona. In 2000 he was admitted to the Conservatory of Vienna, where he studied conducting with Georg Mark and Reinhard Schwarz. He also has attended several conducting and composition courses in which he has studied 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 Josep Mirabent i Magrans Competition 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 Cordoba Symphony Orchestra. Along with his music studies he graduated as Electric Engineer at the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona. His final project on a computer-assisted piano tuning method was awarded by the prize of the Industrial Engineers Association of Catalonia.

Conducting

As a conductor he has performed at the Auditorium of Barcelona, The Off Liceu cycle of the Liceu Opera Barcelona, the Palau of Music, the Barcelona Grec Festival, the Peralada Castle Festival, the Pocket Opera Festival of Barcelona and the Pau Casals International Music Festival. He has conducted the Granada Symphony Orchestra, The Córdoba Symphony Orchestra, the Ibiza Symphony Orchestra, the Elche Symphony Orchestra, the Giorquestra, the Camerata Musicae Orchestra, the Camerata XXI Orchestra, the Eduard Toldrà Camerata, the Royal Artistic Circle Orchestra of Barcelona and the Terrassa 48 Chamber Orchestra. Internationally, he has debuted in America with the Mendoza Philharmonic Orchestra (Argentina) and conducted the Arts Symphony Orchestra of Culiacán (Mexico), the Orchestra of Catalogne (France), the Filarmonica Mihail Jora Bacau (Rumania) and the Thüringen Philharmonic (Germany). Between 2004 and 2009, he was conductor of the Sant Jordi Wind Ensemble and currently he is associated conductor of the Catalan Chamber Orchestra.

He also has conducted contemporary music ensembles such as Barcelona 216, Grup 21, Sitges 94 and the Barcelona Modern Ensemble of which is musical director from 2016. He has performed at festivals such as Sampler Series of the Auditorium of Barcelona, the Mostra Sonora of Sueca, the ME_MMIX of Mallorca, the Turbulences Sonores of Montpellier, the Rafel Festival (Rafelbunyol), the Music for the Third Millenium (Madrid), the Ensembles Festival of the Canal Theaters (Madrid) and the Cycle of the Contemporary Music Foundation (Barcelona). From 2015 he is professor at the Conservatory of Liceu in Barcelona where he teaches composition and conducts several symphonic ensembles.

Composing

As a composer he has written for a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles and genres, with which he has been awarded in several national and international competitions, such as the Andrés Gaos Composition Prize (A Coruña, 2014), in the International Composition Competition 'City of Tarragona', the Oare String Orchestra Composing Competition (United Kingdom, 2004), the City of Reus Prizes and the Francesc Basil Memorial (2000). He also has received commissions such as the Granada Symphony Orchestra (2018), 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 Granada City Orchestra, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Ibiza Symphony Orchestra, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony (USA), the Oare String Orchestra (UK), the Julià Carbonell Symphony Orchestra, the Giorquestra, The Camera Musicae Orchestra, the Camerata Eduard Toldrà, the Orquestra de Cambra Catalana, the Orquestra del Real Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, the Municipal Music Band of Bilbao, the Orfeó Català, the Palau de la Música Chamber Choir, the Lieder Càmera Chorus, The Rose Ensemble, the Francesc Valls Chorus of the Barcelona Cathedral, Platypus (Austria), Neoars Sonora, Sitges 94 and The Barcelona Modern Ensemble. All his works are published at Influx Sheet Music.

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