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Music director

José R. Pascual-Vilaplana
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.

Assistant conductor

Carlos Ramon
Born in Crevillent (Alicante), he obtained a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet performance from ‎the Music Conservatory of Murcia and graduated in Conducting from the Zuyd University-‎Conservatorium Maastricht (Netherlands), where he also obtained a Master’s degree in ‎Conducting. ‎

His conducting mentors included maestros José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana, Manuel Mondéjar ‎Criado and Jan Cober.‎

He has served as guest conductor with the Luxembourg Military Band "Grand-Ducale", the ‎European Youth Wind Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Band and the Alicante Symphony ‎Band.‎

In 2017 he won the 7th European Conductors Competition, organised by the European Brass ‎Band Association in Ostend (Belgium), and also received the special Audience Prize. In July of ‎the same year, he won the most important international conducting award, the Golden ‎Baton, in the International Conductors Competition, which was held as part of the World ‎Music Contest in Kerkrade.‎

He has served as principal conductor with Agrupación Musical do Rosal (Pontevedra) and ‎AMCE Santa Cecília of Elda. ‎

He is currently conductor of the Torrevejense Musical Union and assistant conductor of the ‎Barcelona Symphony Band, roles that he combines with the artistic direction of the Youth ‎Symphony Band of the Federation of Musical Societies of the Valencia Region.‎

Principal Guest Conductor

As a composer, he has written more than 150 works, mostly orchestral and chamber, and has won several awards, including the Premio Orquesta Nacional de España (1977), the Premio Jove d'Or (1980), the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona (1983 and 1986), the Southeastern Composers League Award (1986), The Madison University Flute Choir Composition Award (1987) and the Queen Sofia Composition Award (1991). A good number of his works have been published and also recorded on various CDs, both in Europe and in the United States.

In Spain he has been the principal conductor of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra "Ciutat de Palma" (1997-2001 and 2009-2013), the Orquesta Simfònica del Vallès (1997-2002) and the Banda Municipal de Barcelona (2007-2018 ). Since 1991 he is the conductor of the Vancouver Symphony (United States) and also he is the principal guest conductor of the Barcelona Municipal Band. As a guest he has conducted several orchestras in Israel, Germany, China, Belgium, Korea, France, Italy, Mexico, the United States and Spain. In addition, he combines an intense agenda as a conductor with the composition of a large number of commissions of works of all kinds. He teaches orchestral conducting and composition at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMuC).

This 2020 has been honored with the Clark County Arts Commission Lifetime Achievement Award for its years in the service of the SW Washington arts community.
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