Albert Llanas Rich
Albert LLanas was born in Barcelona in 1957. He is already one of the most influencial composers of the new Catalan music. He studied in the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona and obtained the Honor Prize in the superior degree of Composition and Instrumentation. Later on, he completed his composition studies with Josep Soler and Franco Donatoni. He studied electro-acoustic techniques with Andrés Lewin-Ritcher . In 1984-85 he began a series of works of diverse instrumentation and of basically experimental nature: 'La serie BXR (1-7).' Once selected in the Competition Musician's Accord, 'BXR1'(1984) was performed in the Carnegie Recital Hall of New York in the spring of 1.985. Two other early works, 'Impressions per a veu i quartet de cordes' (1984) and 'BXR6' (1986) were selected by the Juan March foundation in the Young Composers Tribune. His first work for orchestra 'Seqüències per a orquestra' (1985), obtained the City of Barcelona Prize in1987, and it was later performed in Poland and recorded on a CD. As a finalist of the S.G.A.E. Composition Prize in 1987 with his 'Concierto para Flauta y Conjunto Instrumental' (published on a CD by Salvador Espasa and the Group Circle), he will have performed his set of concerto works with the 'Concert for Guitar and Strings'; it was first performed in Sant Feliu de Guíxols during the Porta Ferrada Festival and later presented in Madrid at the Reina Sofía Art Center. With Carles Trepat at the guitar and the Anton Webern Chamber Orchestra playing, the work was recorded on CD and broadcast by Radio France. Another concert, conceived for the clarinetist Salvador Vidal, was commissioned by Garijo-Mundimúsica. This piece, after its first performance by the same soloist and with thePhilharmonic London Orchestra , was recorded for a CD of Spanish contemporary music. Other chamber pieces by Albert Llanas are available on CD: ' BXR6', 'Contexto III', 'Necesidad y Azar', 'Spazio-Tempo', and others. He won the Ciutat d'Alcoi Prize in1989 and other prizes. During the1989/ 90 season, his work for large orchestra, 'DE MATERIA' was comissioned and performed by the National Orchestra of Spain. The performance was a success. The work has been recently recorded by the Spanish Radio-Television Orchestra (R.T.V.E.). In 1991, the Italian Radio-Televisione Orchestra (R.A.I.)performed in Rome his orchestral work dedicated to the philosopher Juan David Garcia-Bacca, 'Filosonia', which was published on his first monographic disk . Among his more recent projects, we have 'Polifonia of Chamber for Fifteen String Instruments' (an I.N.A.E.M. assignment for the XV Chamber Cycle and Polifonia), 'Context V' for a saxophone quartet, 'Contexto VI' for a clarinet solo, 'Derivations' and 'Simfonia' both for orquestra. Also on C.D. are chamber works, such as the 'Quintet' version by the Instrumental Group Barcelona 216, Three Studies for the Left Hand' and 'Context VI' for a clarinet solo.
Recently it has been rewarded with the Queen Premium Sofía of Musical Composition that concedes the Foundation Ferrer Salat. His works have been performed all around Europe, America and Asia. His publishers are EMEC, CATALANA D'EDICIONS MUSICALS, AGENDA EDIZIONI MUSICALI, CLIVIS-ACC., and his recordings have been done by DISCOS BILBAO (DISCOBI), GRABACIONES ACCIDENTALES, CIRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES, RADIO NACIONAL DE ESPAÑA, FUNDACION JUAN MARCH, HYADES ARTS.