Salvador Brotons was born in Barcelona into a family of musicians. He studied the flute with his father and continued his studies at the Conservatori Superior de Música de Barcelona, where he obtained advanced qualifications in flute, composition and orchestral conducting. In 1985 he was awarded a Fullbright scholarship and moved to the United States, where he took a Doctorate in Music at the Florida State University.
As a composer, he has written more than 125 works, mainly for orchestra and chamber orchestra. He has received 16 prizes for composition, such as the Premio Nacional de España (1977) for his Quatre peces per a cordes (Four pieces for strings), the Premi Jove d’Or (1980) and the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona for his Primera simfonia (First symphony) and for Absències (Absences) for narrator and orchestra (1986), the Southeastern Composers League Prize for his Sinfonietta da camera (1986), the Flute Choir Composition Award from Madison University (1987) for his Suite de flautes (Suite of flutes) and the Reina Sofía Prize (1991) for the work Virtus for orchestra.
He has also had numerous commissions and several of his works have been recorded and released on CDs in Europe and the United States under labels such as EMI, Auvidis, Albany Records, Naxos, Claus, RNE, etc.
He has been Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (WA) since 1991. He has also been titular conductor of the Vallès Symphony Orchestra (1997-2002; 2009-2012) and the Balearics Symphony Orchestra in Palma de Mallorca (1998-2001). In 2002 he received the Florida State University Alumni Award for his professional achievements.
Brotons has conducted orchestras all over the world: the South African National Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi, the RTVE Orchestra and the Málaga Symphony Orchestra and the Barcelona Symphony and Catalan National Orchestra (Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya), the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, the Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay), I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan (Italy), the Orchestre des Guides (Belgium), the Reutlingen Württembergische Philharmonie Orchestra and the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra (Germany), the UANL Symphony Orchestra (Monterrey, Mexico), the Beijing Symphony Orchestra (China) and the Bucheon Symphony Orchestra and the Wonju Symphony Orchestra (South Korea). He also makes regular appearances as guest conductor with the Raanana Symphonette and the Kibbutz Orchestra in Israel.
He currently combines a busy schedule as a conductor and composer. Since September 2008 he has been music director of the Municipal Band of Barcelona.