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Aleix Palau | 21 January 2022

Andrea Gasperin to conduct the Barcelona Symphonic Band in place of Philip Sparke

The Italian conductor Andrea Gasperin will replace Philip Sparke for the ‎‎Retrat d'artista concert on Sunday 13 March. The British ‎composer and conductor is unable to participate for health reasons.‎

Andrea Gasperin to conduct the Barcelona Symphonic Band in place of Philip Sparke

The concert programme is unchanged. A portrait of the works of Philip Sparke himself, it ‎includes the world premiere of Hymn at ‎Twilight, commissioned by L'Auditori. ‎

Andrea Gasperin is the only Italian winner of the "Golden Baton" at the World Music Contest ‎in Kerkrade in the Netherlands, and has received numerous other international accolades.‎

His first degree in music was as a trumpeter, then he obtained a master’s degree at the ISEB ‎in Trento, Italy, studying with Jan Cober and Felix Hauswirth, followed by studies at the Royal ‎Conservatoire of The Hague and at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles where he graduated ‎with “La Plus Grande Distinction”. He studied composition and attended master classes with ‎teachers such as José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana, Jorma Panula and Clarke Rundell.‎

He has conducted orchestras and professional bands all around Europe and also collaborated ‎with opera houses. He is one of the founders of the Catchpenny Ensemble, a group formed ‎in the Netherlands that specialises in contemporary music, and is conductor of the Italian ‎wind ensemble Brixiae Harmoniae.‎

In 2016, he worked with conductor Jader Bignamini and singers Anna Netrebko, Ainhoa ‎Arteta and Yusif Eyvazov at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.‎

In 2019 he headed a 30-concert tour of China, and he recently debuted with the Friuli ‎Venezia Giulia Symphony Orchestra and the Arena di Verona Symphony Orchestra.‎

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