Joan Magrané Figuera (Reus, 1988)
He received his first composition lessons by Ramon Humet. He subsequently studied at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona) with Agustín Charles, in the Kunst Universität (Graz) with Beat Furrer and in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (Paris) with Stefano Gervasoni. He was one of the lauréats of the Villa Medici in Rome (2016) and member of the Casa Velázquez in Madrid (2017/2018). Some poetic and artistic references—Arnaut Daniel, Ausiàs March, Francesc Garriga, Jaume C. Pons Alorda, Albrecht Dürer, Marià Fortuny, Joan Miró…—are crucial in his creative process; also very close to him are the music by Josquin Desprez, Orlando di Lasso and Claudio Monteverdi. His works has been performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Quatuor Diotima, Quartet Gerhard, Neue Vocalsolisten, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta de la RTVE, Iñaki Alberdi, Trío Arbós, Kebyart Ensemble and many others. In the field of opera he has worked on different projects such as Dido Reloaded (with María Hinojosa and Anna Alàs) and disPLACE (with Elena Copons and Sébastien Soules). He has been awarded several international awards including the Premio Injuve (2010), Berliner Opernprize (2013) and the XXXI Queen Sophia Composition Prize (2014). Some of his pieces are edited by Éditions Durand.