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Òscar Colomina i Bosch (*1977)

 

Studies:

Òscar studied composition with Malcolm Singer and conducting with Alan Hazeldine at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Composition (2005) and a Master in Composition with Distinction (2006).

He later undertook doctoral research at the Royal Academy of Music under the supervision of its Senior Professor in Composition, Simon Bainbridge, and in 2010 was awarded a PhD in Composition.

 

 

©Photos José Amador Martín

He graduated from the Conservatorio Superior Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia with a BMus in Violin Performance, and studies of Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue (2001).

Òscar also attended the violin class at the Academia Duetto (Valencia, 1998-2001), studying with Vicente Huerta , professor at the Escuela de Música Reina Sofia, Madrid.

 

Professional Experience:

In September 2006 Òscar was appointed General Music Teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School , the world class specialist music school of international renown founded by Lord Menuhin, and of which the late Mtislav Rostropovich was its President, succeeded now by Daniel Baremboim. There he teaches harmony, aural, and Music History.

Since September 2013, he lectures at the Royal Academy of Music modules in orchestration for undergraduates and conducting for postgraduate composers and has been guest lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague-School for Young Talent (Summer Festival 2013).

Òscar was appointed in 2011 Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra (Spain), a post he successfully held for three seasons (2011-2014). He also conducts the Yehudi Menuhin School Junior Orchestra, and works with ensembles at the Royal Academy of Music.

He has taught at the Junior departments of both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, and was assistant to Malcolm Singer in the Composer's workshop at the Canford Summer School of Music, 2005.

Òscar has also taught at various other Summer schools, such as the 5th Ávila Music Course (2011) contributing with general musicianship lessons, chamber music coaching and conducting the various ensembles of the summer course. More recently he has directed the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Camerata XXI orchestral Summer course in Saifores (Catalonia).

Member of the Orquesta de Cámara Joaquín Rodrigo (Agustín León Ara, leader) 1998-2001, recording a CD for EMI (with music by Rodrigo) and giving concerts in the Dominican Republic , París-Unesco , Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona), Palau de la Música (Valencia).

Member of the Sphera Ensemble Contemporani 2000-2001 (Edinburgh Summer Festival 2000, Palau de la Música , València).

 

Conducting Experience:

After gaining experience as an orchestral musician (Spanish National Youth Orchestra, 1996-9; Joaquín Rodrigo Chamber Orchestra, 1999-2001 recording for EMI), Oscar studied conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the late Alan Hazeldine.

· The Yehudi Menuhin School Junior Orchestra (2008-present).
· Royal Academy of Music (2013-present). Directing contemporary ensembles, premiere of Michael Zev-Gordon's Sehnsucht.
· City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra (artistic director 2011-2014).
· Orpheus Sinfonia, London (guest, June 2014).
· Salamanca University Choir (symphonic collaborations in 2012, 2013, 2014).
· Camerata XXI Orchestral Courses (courses for young musicians in Catalonia, 2012, 2013, 2014).
· CreArt Ensemble (2008 tour). Royal College of Music alumni ensemble, concerts in Segovia Summer Festival, Madrid Fine Arts Circle and Ávila.
· Guildhall School of Music and Drama New Music Ensemble (2006). Concerts at the The Place and GSMD.
· Jury of the International Wind Band Contest, Valencia (July 2014)

Forthcoming:

· New Music Ensemble of Jaén University (concert 2014-15 season)
· Camerata XXI (string orchestra concert 2014-2015 season)

Collaborations with soloists:

· Thomas Carroll (professor, Royal College of Music)
· Ben Baker (Windsor International String Competition Winner)
·James O'Donnell (Master of Music at Westminster Abbey)
· Bart LaFollette (Decca Records' inaugural Classical Music Award)
· Akiko Ono (Yehudi Menuhin School professor)
· Estrella Morente (acclaimed flamenco singer)

Outreach Experience:

I have led outreach workshops of new music at the Yehudi Menuhin School and conducted open rehearsals for civil associations with the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra. I have given pre-concert talks and recorded short educational video clips for Castilla y León TV and Salamanca local TV, introducing the works and giving the audience a general context for the concert.

 

Composition Profile:

Òscar studied composition with Malcolm Singer and Simon Bainbridge. 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.

Prizes/Awards:

·Winner : 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 .

·Finalist : Barclays-St. Paul's Cathedral Competition Prize .

Commissions:

Aldeburgh Festival, Philharmonia Orchestra ( Music of Our Time Series), Schubert Ensemble, Chamber Music 2000, Orchestra of the Swan, Valencian Music Institute, Antares Ensemble, Kontakte Percussió, Linos Piano Trio (formerly, Lakeside Trio).

Forthcoming:

· Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain), orchestral commission (premiere, May 2015).
· Arias Ensemble, wind quintet (premiere, Autumn 2015).

Festivals:

Composers Now (New York), City of London Festival, Manchester QuartetFest, the European Congress of Conservatoires, ENSEMS-València, Burgos Summer Festival and the Encuentro Internacional de Compositores in Mallorca, International Conference on Contemporary Music (A Coruña University, Galicia, Spain), Spanish National Percussion Conference, Chacombe Festival, Gijón International Film Festival, Aarhus Festival (Denmark), IFCT Festival (USA).

Venues:

Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Menuhin Hall, Yale University's Sprague Hall, New York University, Palau de la Música de Valencia, and the Auditorio de Galicia with the Real Filharmonia de Galicia Orchestra.

Other activities:

·Residencies: London's Barbican Pit Theatre, Joven Orquesta Internacional Ciudad de Oviedo, Cove Park (Scotland), Bilbao Arte Fundazioa.

·Orchestration/Transcription work: Heinrich Schiff and the Kremerata Baltica (Gewandhaus, Leipzig 2009), Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (Beijing, 2012).

·Radio Broadcasts: Spain, Mexico, Denmark and the USA.

 

Orchestral Performer:

A graduate violinist from the Valencia Conservatoire, Òscar was active as an orchestral and contemporary ensemble performer before pursuing a career as a composer/conductor. He played with the Spanish Youth National Orchestra at the BBC PROMS in 1996 and worked with first class conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Lutz Köhler, Gianandrea Noseda, Andras Ligeti, and international soloists such as M. Rostropovich. He lead the second violin section with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra for their performances of R. Gerhard 'Concerto for Orchestra' .

Youth Orchestras:

·Orquesta Conservatorio Superior Joaquín Rodrigo, 1995-1997
·Orquesta Académica de Valencia (leader), 2000-2001
· Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), 1996-1999
· European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), reserve, 1999
· Wiener Jeneusse Orchester , guest, 1999

Professional ensembles:

·Orquesta de Cámara Joaquín Rodrigo (Agustín León Ara, leader) 1998-2001: recording for EMI (with music by Rodrigo), concerts in the Dominican Republic, París-Unesco, Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona), Palau de la Música (Valencia).

·Sphera Ensemble Contemporani 2000-2001: Edinburgh Summer Festival (2000), Palau de la Música (València).

 

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Detailed Activity as a Composer (Chronological):

-After commissioning, premiering and performing it a number of times during 2011, London-based cellist Vladimir Waltham took Oscar's Microsuite nº5 for solo cello to France, where it received a further performance in the Eglise Anglicane de Pau on the 24th of September 2011, at 8.30pm. The piece is the second completed Microsuite of an ongoing cycle intending to mirror those of Bach, somehow reinterpreting the musical gestures and condensing them into a contemporary language and format, its movements then being interpersed with those of the original Bach for the performance. 30th April 2011: Sophie's Barn, Chacombe, Banbury. 1st June 2011: St James' Clerkenwell , London. 7th June 2011: Music Hall, GSMD , London.

-The Lakeside Trio commissioned Oscar to write a book of nocturnes for piano trio, 'Conversing Memories of Worn-out Wood' , inspired by the work of various Spanish poets. After having already premiered and performed in numerous occasions 'Crime' , first piece of the book based on the poetry of V.A. Estellés, the Lakeside Trio prepare to premiere in The Menuhin Hall 'Through the Wound' , based on a poem written in 1941 by Miguel Hernández. Premiered on the 12th of June 2011, The Menuhin Hall , Surrey.

-'The Thinking Machine' , Oscar's first string sextet, was selected for the Internacional Conference on Contemporary Music 2010 in A Coruña. Oscar's work was selected from more than a hundred international submissions by a panel including composers Antón García Abril , Tomás Marco , José Luis Turina and Juan Durán and conductor Victor Pablo Pérez. Oscar took part in the conference, touching upon the relation between language and music , and attended the Spanish premiere of 'The Thinking Machine' during the Conference's own cycle of concerts. Key speakers included composer Tomás Marco and linguists Bernard Comrie and David Gil, both from the Max Planck Institute .

-Oscar was commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble to write a piano quartet for the 10th Anniversary of their ChamberMusic2000 initiative. 'Five Words, Three Phrases' , written for grade 4-8 level performers, was workshoped by the Lawson Trio during Autumn, 2009 and Spring, 2010. The piece was premiered by students of the Purcell School in a Gala Concert celebrating the success of the decade-long scheme on the 10th of February, 2010, at the Purcell Room. The piece was subsequently published by the British Music Information Centre alongside the works from the other participating composers.

-Danish oboist Mette Termansen gave the world premiere of Oscar's piece 'Nothing that We Know' for solo cor anglais at the Musikhuset i Århus, Denmark on the 30th of May, 2010. The piece is a postcard work commissioned by Mette and explores the lyrical, but also the more rhythmical and rough possibilities of the cor. The premiere had a follow-up recital in the Rundetårn, Copenhagen on the 11th of June, 2010 and was broadcasted by the Danish Radio.

-Violinist Tetsuumi Nagata performed Oscar's transcription for violin and piano of his piano trio 'Crime' in his Final Recital at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama , London, accompanied by Tom Blach, on the 10th of June, 2010.

-'The Thinking Machine' , Oscar's first string sextet, was selected for the Internacional Conference on Contemporary Music 2010 in A Coruña from more than a hundred international submissions by a panel including composers Antón García Abril , Tomás Marco , José Luis Turina and Juan Durán and conductor Victor Pablo Pérez . Oscar took part in the conference, touching upon the relation between language and music , and attended the Spanish premiere of 'The Thinking Machine' during the Conference's own cycle of concerts. Key speakers include composer Tomás Marco and linguists Bernard Comrie and David Gil, both from the Max Planck Institute.

-Oscar was commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble to write a piano quartet for the 10th Anniversary of their ChamberMusic2000 initiative. 'Five Words, Three Phrases', written for grade 4-8 level performers, was workshoped by the Lawson Trio and premiered by students of the Purcell School in a Gala Concert celebrating the success of the decade-long scheme on the 10th of February, 2010, at the Purcell Room. The piece has been subsequently published by the British Music Information Centre alongside the works from the other participating composers.

-The Quinteto de Vento da Real Filharmonia de Galicia premiered Oscar's 'Suite' for wind quintet (2002). The quintet, made out of members of the orchestra performed the 'Suite' on the13th (Círculo de las Artes, Lugo) and 18th of January, 2010 ( Paraninfo de la Universidad, Santiago de Compostela).

-Pianist Bojana Dimkovic premiered a selection of Oscar's 'Piano Variations' (2003) in the wonderful Gothic setting of St. Cyprian's, Clarence Gate (London). The selected variations (one per element) were part of a wide encompassing concert programme exploring climate change awareness,an inniciative of The Early Music Experiment and took place on the 28th of November, 2009.

-The Burgos Summer Festival , which took place in this historic Castillian city and whose Artistic Director is the renowned conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos , commissioned a new string orchestra piece from Òscar for its 10th edition in September, 2009. 'Echo and Narcissus', a five-movement suite for string orchestra, was interspersed in the premiere amongst Henry Purcell's Incidental Music for Abdelazer. The new piece was premiered by the Antares Ensemble, conducted by Eduardo Portal, recently appointed assistant conductor to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on the 11th of September, 2009, in the Teatro Principal, Burgos.

- Òscar collaborated with photographer and artist Albert Corbí in developing an installation project based around the idea of humanity desperately attempting to hold the scenery in which it lives, and preventing it from collapsing. The project took place in August 2009 in Bilbao Arte Fundazioa and Òscar worte a 10' minutes solo guitar piece for it. 'Litanies on the collapse of one's reality', dedicated to and written for guitarist Jens Franke , was performed and taped in the installation space.

-Oscar was selected by the Royal Musical Association to present publicly his paper 'Furthering Structural Thought in Contemporary Music through Contemporary Literature, Philosophy and Semiotics' at King's College, London as part of the Royal Musical Association Research Students' Conference, in January 2009. Unfortunately, ill health prevented Oscar from attending the Conference and presenting his research publically.

-The Real Philharmonia de Galicia gave two performances in January 2009 of Oscar's award winning piece 'Open the Curtains' under maestro Pablo González . Performances were given on the 29th of January, 2009 (Auditorio de Galicia , Santiago de Compostela) and on the 30th of January, 2009 (Centro Cultural CaixaNova , Vigo).

-'Clothes crying slow, dirty tears' for chamber orchestra was an Aldeburgh Festival commission and received its premiere at Orford Church (Aldeburgh) by the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble conducted by Baldur Bronnimann on the 24th of June, 2008.

-Òscar's first string sextet, 'The Thinking Machine', was premiered by the Mittel Ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music during its first Composers' Weekend (alongside pieces by Simon Bainbridge, Phil Cashian, Tansy Davies) on the 20th of June, 2008.

- 'MicroSuite' for solo cello received its premiere in a recital by Andrei Simion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the 13th of June, 2008.

-Joint exhibition with artist Albert Corbí at Espacio Distrito Cu4tro in Madrid. Corbí is 2008 winner of the photographic competition held by national Spanish newspaper El Mundo as part of PhotoEspaña. The exhibition included a modular video projection based on Oscar's use of multilinear narratives in his music. The film, which uses documentary footage of Corbí's award-winning installation is edited to Oscar's string sextet 'The Thinking Machine'.

-Winner of the Hui hui Música! 2008 Festival with his work 'Conversation with Joseph Beuys'. The piece was selected for the festival's annual showcase concert after a nation wide call for scores and was premiered at the Palau de la Música, Valencia, on the 10th of June, 2008. The award winning score was presented publically in the 2009 edition held in the Palau de la Música de València, the 16th of June, 2009 . The piece is available from the Valencian publishing house Piles .

-On the 18th of May, 2008, 'Une poupée en flammes' received its premiere in the ENSEMS Internacional Contemporary Music Festival held in València, Spain, at the Talia Theatre. The piece, a percussion quartet, was commissioned by the group Kontakte Percussió and is included their new CD Nous Camins, which was presented prior to the concert. The piece was also performed in Llíria International Percussion Festival, at the X Jornades Internacionals de Percussió de Riba-Roja and at the Spanish National Percussion Conference held in Badajoz (Spain) from the 18th to the 20th of September, 2009.

-Òscar has been one of the three Royal Academy of Music students selected by Yale University to participate in a collaborative composition and performance project between the two institutions. A new piece by Òscar 'I Have to Talk to Broken Things' , an homage to Giotto, was premiered in London on the 24th of April , at 19.30 in the Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, conducted by Simon Bainbridge. A week later the piece received its American premiere at Yale University ( New Haven , Conn. ).

-Òscar's piece 'The Ruinous Circles' (2003) has been included in the CD Ítaca - Contemporanis de la Mediterrània , published by the Area of Acoustic Creation Foundation . The cd is a live recording of the concert given by the Grup Instrumental de València for the 2006 Encontre Internacional de Compositors, Mallorca .

- 'El Cuadro', a film by Ideami Productions featuring Oscar's piece 'Open the Curtains' won the Best Music Award in the 'Ateneo en Corto' festival in Tenerife (Canary Islands). It is also finalist in various other festivals: Gijón International Film Festival, Aarhus Festival in Denmark , IFCT Festival in the USA (touring New York , Los Angeles , etc), Short Films & Video Art Festival of Manresa , Aguilar Film Festival, Audiovisual SubImagen Festival, Mostra Minima Film Festival. It is being distributed up by Atom Films (an MTV company) for its distribution in the USA .

-The Royal Academy of Music commissioned Oscar a new orchestral work: 'Le Vitrail Englouti' was premiered on the 2nd of February, 2007 at the Royal Academy of Music by its Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Cohen. The French conductor Yan-Pascal Tortelier mentored the project.

-The Spanish premiere of 'Cantus' was given by the Conjunto Instrumental de Música Gasteiz with Carlos Parra as soloist, on the 26th of December, 2006, in one of the Caja Kutxa 'Martes Musicales' series in Vitoria .

-String Trio 'Les Pleurs' commissioned by Spanish violinist Vicente Huerta . World Premiere in the Palau de la Música de Valencia on Monday 6th of November, 2006; a second concert took place in Club Diario Levante, on the 10th of November. Both concerts were played in three original Stradivari instruments.

-The Grup Instrumental de València conducted by Joan Cerveró gave the Spanish premiere of The Ruinous Circles at the Xesc Forteza Theatre in Palma de Mallorca on the 20th of October, 2006 , as part of the International Composers' Congress.

-Oscar was resident composer with the Joven Orquesta Internacional Ciudad de Oviedo during their August-2006 concentration. They gave the Spanish premiere of 'Open the Curtains' in the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium, Oviedo .

- 'Funeral Music for a Meat Market' for wind, brass and percussion was premiered at the City of London Festival on the 14th of July, 2006.

- Commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra 's for its concert series Music of our Time , 'Yellow Light' received its premiere at the Queen Elisabeth Hall , on the 15th of June by Philharmonia Orchestra players and soprano Elisabeth Atherton, conducted by Robin O'Neill.

- Commissioned by the Sounds Underground Ensemble'Brief History of Sand' was premiered at the Warehouse, on the 4th of May, 2006.

-Winner of the Orchestra of the Swan/Guildhall School of Music and Drama Composition Prize , and consequently, commissioned by the Orchestra of the Swan to write a work for string orchestra to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the orchestra. ‘Open the curtains' received its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 14th of November, 2005 .

-‘ The Ruinous Circles' was premiered in the 2005 Congress of the Association of European Conservatoires , representing the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

-Winner of the Musicians Company Dr. Alfred Prindl Memorial Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (July 2005), awarded to the ‘best work by a graduating composer' for his orchestral piece ‘Saturn Devouring his Children' .

-Oscar's violin concerto ‘Cantus' was premiered in the Wigmore Hall on the 7th of June, 2005, by Anna-Liise Bezrodny in the prestigious Guildhall Gold annual concert.

-The Institut Valencià de la Música commissioned a piece from Òscar for the 2005 ENSEMS festival held in València , Spain . The premiere of ‘Dues Mesures' took place in València, on the 15th of May, 2005.

- The Orchestra of the Swan gave the premiere of ‘The blue flask' for chamber orchestra in the Pump Rooms, Cheltenham on the 22nd of March, 2005.

- ‘The Labyrinth' , for string quartet was selected by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to be its representative composition in the Royal Northern College of Music QuartetFest 2004 , in Manchester.

-Oscar gave a pre-concert talk at LSO's St. Luke's Church , followed by a performance of ‘The Labyrinth' (March, 2004), as part of the LSO Discovery Series: ‘Discovering New Music' .

-The Tetrakis Quartet also performed ‘The Labyrinth' at the Wigmore Hall as part of the hall's Education Program (March, 2004).

-The Setlà Quartet performed ‘The Labyrinth' at the City of London Festival (3rd of July 2004), in an event organised by the Society for the Promotion of New Music .

- Joint winner of the composition competition organised by the Education Department of the South Bank to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Festival Hall Organ (involving a premiere concert and competition at Marylebone Church in February 2004, and a public performance at the Royal Festival Hall , February 2004).

-Participant in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music , St. Pancras Church, London (May 2003).

- Finalist of the Barclays-St. Paul's Cathedral Composition Prize 2002, London .

-Premiere in the Instituto Cervantes , London of a duet for violin and cello (October 2000).