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Barcelona Symphonic Band Music director

José R. Pascual-Vilaplana
He studied Piano and Euphonium at the Band of Muro and at the Conservatories of Alcoy and Valencia. He studied band conducting in Holland with Jan Cober and Eugene Corporon and conducting in Vienna with Karl Österreicher, Yuji Yuhasa and Hans Graf. He studied Harmony and Composition with R. Alcaraz and J. Darias.

He has conducted different bands and orchestras in Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Cuba, Slovakia, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Uruguay and the USA. They include the National Youth Bands of Holland and Colombia; the National Band of Cuba; the SAF Army Band of Slovenia; the Municipal Bands of Buenos Aires and Montevideo; the Accademia del Teatro La Fenice Orchestra of Venice; the WASBE Youth Wind Band of San Jose (California); the AULOS Blasorchester of Switzerland; the Symphony Orchestras of Bilbao, Albacete and Murcia; the Philharmonic Orchestra of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; the Symphony Orchestra of Castilla-León; the municipal bands of A Coruña, Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santander, Santiago de Compostela and Vitoria; the bands of the conservatoires of Oviedo, Granada, Jaén, Canary Islands and MUSIKENE (Basque Country); the Gran Canaria Wind Orchestra; and the Symphony Band of La Rioja, among others.

He has worked with soloists such as singers Elisabete Matos, Carmen Solís, María Hinojosa, Andeka Gorrotxategui and Mikeldi Atxalandabasso; flautists Juana Guillem and Claudi Arimany; clarinettists José Franch-Ballester, Vicent Alberola and Nuno Pinto; hornist Juan Manuel Gómez; trumpeters Sergei Nakariakov, Pacho Flores, Luis González, Rubén Simeó, Mario Martos and Manuel Blanco; trombonists Ben van Dijk, Jorgen van Rijen and Ximo Vicedo; tuba player Sergio Carolino; percussionists Conrado Moya and Xabier Alonso; cellists Asier Polo and Josep Trescolí; and pianists Albert Guinovart and Juan Pérez Floristán. He has conducted groups such as the Orfeón Donostiarra, the Bilbao Choral Society and the Spanish Brass quintet.

He is the composer of different works for band, choir, flageolet, stage music and chamber music, as well as writing several works for numerous festivals (SBALZ Alzira, Certamen d'Altea, Tafalla Brass Week, Festival de Música de Castilla-La Mancha, Certamen Coral de Cocentaina, etc.) and prestigious soloists (Spanish Brass, Steven Mead, Luis González, Ximo Vicedo, Carlos Gil, 2i2 Quartet, etc.).

Since 2015 he has been principal conductor of the Municipal Band of Bilbao, and since 2018 he has shared the tenure of the Municipal Band of Barcelona. He is the principal guest conductor of the Portuguese Symphony Band of Oporto.

In 1997 he won the ‘Golden Baton’ first prize at the WMC Kerkrade Conducting Competition (Holland). In 2000 he won the ‘Golden Baton’ first prize of the EBBA Conducting Competition in Birmingham (England). In 2004 he was awarded the EUTERPE Prize by the S.M. Federation of the Region of Valencia in the categories of Band Conducting and Music Composition for the Festival. In 2010 he was awarded the ‘Ignacio Morales Nieva’ National Music Prize at the Castilla-La Mancha Music Festival.

Barcelona Symphonic Band Assistant conductor

Carlos Ramon
Carlos Ramón was born in Crevillent (Alicante) in 1989. He holds a higher diploma in the trumpet from the Massotti Higher Conservatory in Murcia and a degree in conducting from Zuyd University – Conservatorium Maastricht (Netherlands), where he also completed a Master’s in conducting in 2016. He was taught by such distinguished conductors as José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana, Manuel Mondéjar Criado and Jan Cober. He has attended seminars led by Alex Schillings, Felix Hauswirth, Eugene Corporon, Carlo Pirola, Johan de Meij, Rafael Sanz-Espert, László Marosi, Yves Segers and Douglas Bostock.

He has appeared as guest conductor with the Luxembourg “Grand Ducale” Military Band, the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphonic Band and the Banda Municipal d’Alacant.

In 2017 he won the 7th European Conductors Competition organised by the European Brass Band Association in Oostende (Belgium), and was also awarded the Audience Prize. In July 2017 he won the Golden Baton at the world’s most important event for conductors, the International Conductors Competition, part of the World Music Contest in Kerkrade.

He has been resident conductor of the Agrupación Musical do Rosal (Pontevedra) and AMCE Santa Cecilia (Elda), and artistic director of the Jove Banda Simfònica of the Valencian Federació de Societats Musicals. Currently he is conductor of the Unión Musical Torrevejense and assistant conductor of the Barcelona Symphonic Band.

Barcelona Symphonic Band 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 Barcelona Symphonic Band (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 Symphonic 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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