Music director

Born in Muro (Alicante), José R. Pascual-Vilaplana studied the euphonium and the piano at the Unió Musical in Muro and at the Alcoy and Valencia conservatories before going on to train as a conductor under J. Cober, E. Corporon, K. Österreicher, Y. Yuasa and H. Graf.

He has conducted bands such as the Banda Nacional de Cuba, the Marine Band of the Royal Dutch Navy, the Colombian, Dutch and Bavarian youth bands, the Buenos Aires and Montevideo municipal bands, the Slovenian Armed Forces Band, the Aulos Wind Band of Switzerland, the MUSIKENE Symphony Orchestra and the CONSMUPA Band and Symphony Orchestra, as well as several Spanish municipal bands. He has also conducted the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Accademia La Fenice orchestra (Venice), the Castilla y León, Murcia, Castellón and Vallès symphony orchestras, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, the UCAM Symphony Orchestra (Murcia), the Manuel de Falla Chamber Orchestra and the Tarragona Camera Musicae Orchestra among others.

He was the principal conductor of the Albacete Symphony Orchestra from 2001 to 2014 and he has been the artistic director of the Bilbao Municipal Band since 2015. He is the conductor of the Philharmonic Wind Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Portuguese Symphonic Band (Porto).

He has been the music director of the Barcelona Municipal Band since 2018.

Winner of the WMC Kerkrade 1997 (Netherlands) and the Birmingham EBBA 2000 (England) conducting awards, he currently teaches band conducting at Joventuts Musicals Vall d’Albaida. He is also a guest teacher at the ISEB in Trento and the artistic director of the programme of advanced courses run by the Istituto Musicale Guido Alberto Fano in Spilimbergo (Italy). As a composer, he has been commissioned with numerous works for contests, festivals and acclaimed soloists.

Beatriz Fernández,
Assistant Conductor

Born in Paiporta (Valencia, Spain), she graduated in Music Teaching at the University of Valencia and in Clarinet Performance at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia “Joaquín Rodrigo”. She studied Piano Performance at the Conservatori Professional de Música de Torrent, graduated in Wind Orchestra Conducting at the Royal School of Music in London and in Orchestral Conducting at the Conservatorio Superior de Música "Manuel Massotti Littel”.

She has been principal conductor of La Lira de Vilafamés, l’Associació Cultural Allegro de València, L’Artesana de Catarroja, the Unió Musical de Carlet, the Banda Sinfónica de Mujeres and the Jove Banda Simfònica of the FSMCV (Federation of Music Societies of Valencia). She has conducted the Banda Sinfónica de Madrid, the Orquesta del Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia, the Orquesta Joven de la Sinfónica de Galicia, the Mendelssohn Symphonia orchestra and that of the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence, the Europa ChorAkademie, the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein and the orchestras of Valencia, of the International Music Festival of Cancun, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Valencia, the FSMCV, the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana, the Orquesta Sinfónica Ateneo Musical del Puerto de Valencia and Sinfónica Unión Musical de Llíria.

At present, she is the principal conductor of the Lira Castellonera, the Orquestra Filharmònica de la Universitat de València and assistant conductor with the Barcelona Municipal Band.

Principal Guest Conductor

Born in Barcelona, Salvador Brotons trained at the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona, where he was awarded a higher diploma in flute playing, composition and orchestral conducting. In 1985, he moved to the United States and studied for a PhD in music at Florida State University.
As a composer, he has written over 150 works, mainly in the fields of orchestral and chamber music. He has also won different awards, including the Orquesta Nacional de España Award (1977), the Jove d’Or Award (1980), the Ciutat de Barcelona Award (1983 and 1986), the Southeastern Composers League Award (1986), the Madison University Flute Choir Composition Award (1987) and the Reina Sofia Award for Composition (1991).

Numerous compositions by Brotons have been published and also recorded on CD, both in Europe and the USA.

In Spain, he has been the principal conductor of the Palma Symphony Orchestra (1997-2001, 2009-2013), the Vallès Symphony Orchestra (1997-2002) and the Barcelona Municipal Band (2008-2018). Since 1991, he has been the music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Washington, USA).

Brotons has been the guest conductor of various different orchestras in Israel, Germany, China, Belgium, Korea, France, Italy, Mexico, the USA and Spain. He combines a busy schedule as a conductor with commissions for compositions of all genres. He teaches orchestral conducting and composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC).