Òscar Colomina i Bosch (*1977)



Òscar studied composition with Malcolm Singer and Simon Bainbridge and conducting with Alan Hazeldine. He graduated with first class honours and a Master in Composition with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was later awarded a PhD in Composition from the Royal Academy of Music (London).

He teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School, is Professor of Orchestration at the Royal Academy of Music and has been invited to coach chamber music at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague-School for Young Talent (2013).



He has been finalist of the Barclays-St. Paul's Cathedral Competition Prize , and winner of the competition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Royal Festival Hall's organ, the Musicians Company Dr. Alfred Prindl Memorial Prize, the Guildhall School/Orchestra of the Swan Composition Prize, the Best Music Award in Tenerife Short Film Festival and Valencia's Music of Today 2008.

Òscar has been commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival, the Philharmonia Orchestra for its Music of Our Time series, the Schubert Ensemble, Orchestra of the Swan, Valencian Music Institute, Antares Ensemble and percussion group Kontakte. His music has been premiered at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Yale University's Sprague Hall, Palau de la Música de Valencia, and the Auditorio de Galicia with the Real Filharmonia de Galicia Orchestra; it has been radio broadcasted in Spain, Mexico, Denmark and the USA; and has also featured in festivals such as Frontiers 2015 (Birmingham), Composers Now 2014 (New York), City of London Festival, Manchester QuartetFest, the European Congress of Conservatoires, ENSEMS-València, Burgos Summer Festival, Música en Compostela or the Encuentro Internacional de Compositores in Mallorca.

Forthcoming premieres include a large orchestral commission for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (May 2015) and a solo violin work for the 2016 Junior Finals of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition (London).

He has orchestrated works for Heinrich Schiff and the Kremerata Baltica (Gewandhaus, Leipzig 2009) for the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (Beijing, 2012) and has enjoyed composition residencies at London's Barbican Pit Theatre (2011), the Joven Orquesta Internacional Ciudad de Oviedo and in Cove Park (Scotland). In 2014 he was a jury member for the Valencia International Wind Band Competition, the leading contest of its type in the world.

Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra (2011-2014), he regularly conducts ensembles at The Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal Academy of Music. Oscar has directed cross-art projects incorporating dance and audiovisuals, conducting the Guildhall New Music Ensemble in the GSMD New Music Festival and in the London Contemporary Dance School. He has collaborated with soloists such as James O'Donnell, Thomas Carroll, Ben Baker, Akiko Ono, Akiko Chiba, Bart LaFollette or Nathan Williamson and acclaimed flamenco singer Estrella Morente. Òscar has also conducted the Conservatoire of Castilla y León New Music Ensemble, Orpheus Sinfonia (London), Salamanca University Choir, the Cre.Art Ensemble (Segovia Summer Festival, Ávila and Madrid's Fine Arts Circle), the Underground Contemporary Music Ensemble (The Warehouse) and has directed the orchestral Summer courses of the chamber orchestra Camerata XXI since 2012. Future guest engagements include a concert with this versatile Catalonian ensemble in April 2016.

Oscar is a graduate from the Valencia Conservatoire, where he studied with Vicente Huerta, and was a member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE). Oscar was supported in his studies by a number of scholarships awarded by the Corporation of London, Valencian Music Institute, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.