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Barcelona Modern International Composition Course_5th edition


Season '18 -'19

* First meeting: November 14th, 15th and 16th, 2018.

* Second meeting: January 16th, 17th and 18th, 2019.

* Third meeting: May 15th, 16th and 17th of 2019.

May 16th final concert Joan Martí-Frasquier, mixed music (Phonos)

May 17th final concert AuditivVokal Dresden, acoustic music (Institut Français-Barcelona)

May 20th final concert BME, acoustic music (L'Auditori)

Philippe HUREL, guest composer

Composer born in 1955. After studying at the Conservatory and the University of Toulouse (violin, analysis, writing, musicology) and later at the Paris Conservatory (composition and analysis in the classes of Ivo Malec and Betsy Jolas), he participated in the works of "Musical Research" in IRCAM 1985 / 86-1988 / 89. He was resident in the Villa Medici in Rome from 1986 to 1988. In 1995, he received the Siemens Stiftung-Preis in Munich for his Six Miniatures in Trompe-l'œil.
He teaches at the IRCAM in the Cursus from 1997 to 2001. He is a resident of the Arsenal of Metz and the Philharmonic of Lorraine from 2000 to 2002. He received the SACEM 2002 award and the Sacem prize for the best creation of the Year 2003 by Aura. Since 1991, he is artistic director of the Ensemble Court-circuit. He is a composition teacher at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon from 2013 to 2017.

His works, published by Gérard Billaudot and Henry Lemoine, are performed by numerous ensembles and orchestras with directors such as Pierre Boulez, Francois Xavier Roth, David Robertson, Ludovic Morlot, Tito Ceccherini, Jonathan Nott, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre-André Valade, Kent Nagano, Christian Eggen, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Reinbert de Leeuw, Bernard Kontarsky, etc.

After his opera Les Pigeons de Argilé (libretto by Tanguy Viel), premiered in Toulouse in 2014, his cycle Traits pour violon et cello was released the same year in Paris by Alexandra Greffin-Klein and Alexis Descharmes. In 2015, his cycle for orchestra Tour à tour, premieres on Radio France within the Manifiest Festival by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France and IRCAM under the direction of Jean Deroy. Pas à pas, commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, was premiered the same year by the Recherche ensemble at the Venice Biennale.

In 2015-2016 he composed Global corrosion for the ensemble Nikel that premiered the piece in Tel Aviv, and So nah, so fern that will be released in 2018 by the Spectra Ensemble. His first string quartet, Entre les lignes, composed in 2016-17 for the Arditti Quartet, was premiered at Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik in Germany and his second quartet, composed for the Diotima Quartet, premiered at the Orleans theater in May. 2018. Compounded in the summer of 2017, the Trois études pour Atlanta, for flute and percussion, commissioned by Matthieu Clavé and FACE, premiered in October 2017 in the United States. He has currently composed a work for clarinet and orchestra by Jerome Conde and Evan Christ at the head of Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus Staatstheaters who commissioned the work, together with the Normandy Regional Orchestra and Buffet Crampon.

His next pieces were commissioned by the quartet Tana and the IRCAM for the electronic, and by the choirs Spirto, Muscicatreize and Las éléments for which he will write a Passion on an original text by Tanguy Viel.




Founded in 2004 and completely renewed since in 2013 the composer Demian Luna assumes his artistic direction.

The task of these last years is based mainly on contemporary music, current and newly created, and on the interpretation and subsequent dissemination of the young emerging values ​​of contemporary Spanish and world music, as well as the already established composers: Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Martin Matalon, Hèctor Parra, Raphaël Cendo, Kaija Saariaho, José Manuel López López, Jonathan Harvey, Benet Casablancas, Philippe Hurel, Alberto Posadas, Ramón Lazkano, Cristóbal Halfter, Gabriel Erkoreka, Luis De Pablo, etc.

Since 2014 is the resident ensemble of the Barcelona Modern International Composition Course, working on the work of guest composers Martin Matalon (2014/15), Héctor Parra (2015/16), Raphaël Cendo (2016/17), José Manuel López López (2017/18) and premiered 15 works by young composers every year, among them: Diego Jiménez Tamame, Frédéric Le Bel, Ariadna Alsina, Jeremías Iturra, Demian Rudel Rey, Pablo Andoni Gómez Olabarría, etc.

The ensemble has performed in prestigious halls and festivals, among which stand out: the Sampler Sèries cycle at the Barcelona Auditorium, the Tarragona Spring Festival, the Josep Carreras Auditorium in Vila-seca, the Palau Robert in Barcelona, ​​the 400 MNCARS Auditorium in Madrid, the Auditorium of CatalunyaCaixa in La Pedrera, Sala Mompou (SGAE / Barcelona), Spanien Modern Festival 2009 and 2011 in Vienna, Arnold Schönberg Center, Institute of North American Studies in Barcelona, ​​Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, ​​Instituto Cervantes in Bremen, Aujord'hui Musiques Festival of Perpignan, National Theater of Catalonia, Museum of the University of Navarra, Institut Français-Barcelona, ​​Phonos Foundation, Mostra Sonora de Sueca, ME_MMIX Festival of Mallorca, Festival Turbulences Sonores de Montpellier, etc.

Formed by elite players specialized in contemporary repertoire, the ensemble evolves and advances at a steady pace, being already a reference of the country's current music.


The contemporary vocal ensemble represents reformed performance practices and everything except ordinary concerts. In the artistic work of Olaf Katzer, who founded the ensemble in 2007 and has been directing since then, he focuses on vocal research and the search for novel contexts through links between science, politics and the arts. Besides the search for new and extended vocal techniques as well as their establishment, AUDITIVVOKAL DRESDEN also interprets old and early music. In addition, Olaf Katzer and the ensemble also fulfill their socio-cultural and cultural-educational mission and are committed to sustainable teaching and promoting contemporary vocal music. 

Initiatives such as the Neue Dresdner Vokalschule (new vocal school Dresden) establish the excellent reputation of the ensemble. Thereby it is a central task to explore the possibilities of new and newest ensemble music and to shape the present and future of vocal music. The new vocal school Dresden should be seen in close collaboration with composers as a living instrument to perform already existing, complex and advanced works and newly emerging compositions. 

The artistic activities cover an enormous range of contemporary repertoire and forms of events, ranging from small-sized a cappella concerts to large concerts with orchestras.

"Back to art!" is the credo of the conductor Olaf Katzer. He wants to combine humanity, originality and artistic authenticity in his musical interpretations – across epoch boundaries, mediating between different stylistic and aesthetic orientations, and also among the people and their multifaceted cultures. 

Born in 1980 in the Rhineland, Katzer studied music and psychology in Munich, Weimar and Dresden. While still a student, he founded the Ensemble AUDITIVVOKAL DRESDEN, which he has since directed artistically. More than 60 premiere performances, guest appearances at numerous festivals and radio recordings document his commitment to the contemporary vocal music. Concert tours took him to almost all European countries as well as to Taiwan, China, the USA and South America. 

In a transdisciplinary exchange with singers, instrumentalists, dancers, composers, painters, directors and scientists, he develops contemporary ensemble art for the 21st century in sustainable and unconventional program designs. In addition, Katzer receives invitations from ensembles such as the RIAS Kammerchor, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, the MDR Rundfunkchor and the Dresdner Kammerchor. Since 2011 he has worked as a lecturer in choral conducting at the College of Music Dresden, since the academic year 2015/16 as a substitute professor of choral conducting.

Joan MARTÍ-FRASQUIER, guest soloist

Saxophonist, specialized in the baritone saxophone. Dynamic Musician, Deeply Involved with the music of our days and always open to new artistic experiences.

He has premiered more than forty works of different musical genres (as a soloist, with electronics, chamber music, opera and orchestra) of composers from around the world, such as Joan Bagés, José Luis Campana, Sergio Fidemraizer, Timothy Harenda and Enric Riu, among others. One of the most outstanding premieres has been the Concerto for baritone saxophone, piano and strings by Albena Petrovic-Vratchasnka, at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg in June 2018.

He has performed in Andorra, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Scotland, Spain, the United States, Estonia, France, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland in festivals as important as Mixtur Barcelona (2018), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (USA, 2017), Tallin Music Week (Estonia, 2015), RC4 (Brazil, 2015) or Classical: NEXT (Austria, 2014).

His diverse musical projects include mainly new music, but also accommodate old music and free improvisation, including electronic and visual arts: COLORS (music and visuals), SCRATCH (with electronics, Morphosis) and BACH TO FORTH (to only). Before starting his solo career in 2011, he was part of chamber music groups such as the SAX 3 + 1 saxophones quartet (1994 to 2013), the wind trio (flutes, clarinets, saxophones) SIGMA TRIO (2004 - 2007) ), Different ensembles of contemporary music (Morphosis, Contemporànica) and other groups.

He has recorded 2 solo albums, MADE IN BCN (2018) for the label La Mà de Guido and Believer (2015) for INS Records. Previously he had recorded 3 CDs with SAX 3 + 1 and participated in other projects by various musicians and composers.

He is an artist of the brands of musical instruments and accessories Selmer-Paris and D'Addario Woodwinds.

Professor at the Conservatory and Music School of Reus since 2003. Has given masterclasses and workshops in Barcelona, ​​Zaragoza, Andorra, Porto, Amsterdam, Winthemzeim, Bertrange, Taranaki and Sydney.

He has participated as an interpreter in various composition courses to encourage the creation of repertoire for baritone saxophone.
He was a member of the "Association Bar & Co", which dealt with the development and diffusion of the baritone saxophone in the field of classical-contemporary music by organizing the International Baritone Saxophone Encounters in Ambazac (France) and Managing the "Editions" Bar & Co ". He has also collaborated with the Dutch "The Four Baritone" in the Realization of two Baritone Institutes (SaxOpen, 2015 and Andorra Sax-Fest, 2017).

After finishing his musical studies in Barcelona, ​​he moved to France to complete his training with Christophe Bois (ENM de Bourges), Philippe Braquart (CNR de Montpellier) and, later, with Damien Royannais (CRR de Limoges), obtaining the highest ratings.

  • Diploma of Onore in the final phase of the XII Internazionale Music Tournament in Rome (Italy), with SIGMA TRIO (2006)
  • Premier Prix à la Unanimité de la Région Center de France à Tours (2001)
  • 1st Prize in the 6th Castellterçol Young Performers Contest (Barcelona) with the saxophone quartet SAX 3 + 1 (1999)
  • 3rd Prize in the 4th Chamber Music Competition "Montserrat Alavedra" of Terrassa with SAX 3 + 1 (1997)
  • 1st Prize in Chamber Music and Special Prize of the Jury for the Best Music Performance of the 20th Century in the 1st International Chamber Music Competition of the Alta Ribagorça with SAX 3 + 1 (1997)
  • 1st Prize to the XII Chamber Music Competition of Manresa with SAX 3 + 1 (1997)