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Albert Carbonell i Sauri

Award-winning composer Mr. Albert Carbonell studied at the Conservatory Superior of Music in Barcelona (Catalonia) and at the Juilliard School of Music and the Mannes School of Music in New York City (United States). His awards include the Foundation Author/Sociedad General de Autores y Editores de España (SGAE), the Agustí Pedro i Pons Foundation of the University of Barcelona and the Fulbright Fellowship. Proclaimed as "the best Catalan composer" in 2001 at the Francesc Civil Contest in Girona by the Catalan Composers Society, he is also the winner of the International Composition Competition of Montserrat (Valencia, Spain), and the Boruslav Martinu Composition Award.

His work is presided by the use of counterpoint, as well as a marked preference to the new notation. It is therefore strongly influenced by the traditional extended harmony, the taste for the timbre effects and an approximation to the Catalan folk song. Mr. Carbonell is the author of two full-staged operas "Lisístrata" and "La lluna en un cove" (The moon in a pannier) and the critically acclaimed oratorio "Les Homilies d'Organya" -for baritone soloist, mixed choir, 4 percussionists and a medieval ensemble, after a Catalan text from the 13th century-. His catalog includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensemble, string orchestra and symphonic orchestra, as well as choral pieces and children songs, sardanas and works for cobla (national catalan ensemble).

Mr. Carbonell has been composer-in-residence at The Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance of New York City (IFCP) and was, for six years, the artistic director of the Ibero-American Music Festival of New York. He is currently based in New York City and is being represented in the USA by the Gino Moratti Artist Management Group.


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Buy the tickets for the concert of Les Homilies d'Organyà at the Auditori of Barcelona. 10/11/13

On the 35th anniversary of the historic group "Percussions de Barcelona", the Cobla Sant Jordi and a vocal ensemble will premiere the last part of the monumental work that the composer Albert Carbonell has created for what's considered to be the first text of Catalan literature, the Homilies of Organyà.

HOMILIA V (Les temptacions de Jesús en el desert)
HOMILIA VI (La guarició de la filla de la cananea)

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Premiere of Homilia V and Homilia VI at the Auditori in Barcelona.

On the 35th anniversary of the historic group "Percussions de Barcelona", the Cobla Sant Jordi and a vocal ensemble will premiere the last part of the monumental work that the composer Albert Carbonell has created for what's considered to be the first text of Catalan literature, the Homilies of Organyà.

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New Commissioned piece from L'Auditori - Educa

CANTANIA 2013-2014 "RAMBLA LLIBERTAT". Text written by Marc Rosich. Music composed by Albert Carbonell. Premiere scheduled on May and June 2014. 25th anniversary of this Pedagogical Project.

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Teresa's Ecstasy Playbill March 2012

Cherry Lane Theater
38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014

From March 4th to April 1st, 2012

The setting takes place over the course of two hot summer weeks in Barcelona, the day on which Carlotta, an American writer, and Becky, her Jewish/American magazine publisher, have arrived from New York to the home of Catalán artist, Andrés, Carlotta's husband of 10 years to finalize their divorce papers while on their way to Avila where Carlotta is to write about her beloved Saint Teresa of Avila, and where unbeknownst to them, transformations will occur that defy "the status quo", and call upon heroic courage for embracing change and unconditional love.

Performance Schedule:

  • Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays March 4, 11, 18 at 7 PM;
  • Sundays March 25, April 1 at 2 PM;
  • Special Monday Performance March 12 at 8 PM;
  • Opening Night March 14 at 8 PM, followed by a reception at Socarrat Paella Bar, Nolita.

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Opening Night and premiere of "Teresa's Ecstasy" at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City. 14/03/12

Opening Night and premiere of "TERESA'S ECSTASY" at the Cherry Lane Theater, Greenwich Village, New York (March 14th, 2012)

TERESA'S ECSTASY is a play that explores a mystical journey of change and defiance as opposing sexually charged forces look at love, politics and religion. The setting is Barcelona, where boundaries of culture, race and language dissolve as tolerance awakens within this provocative USA/Iberian triangle.

Directed by Will Pomerantz
Produced by Jack Sharkey & Jim Weiner
Starring Shawn Elliott, Linda Larkin and Begonya Plaza
CHERRY LANE THEATRE - under the direction of Angelina Fiordellisi
Avila Productions LLC presents By Special Arrangement with The Cherry Lane Theatre
Featuring music by Albert Carbonell


Catalan composer Albert Carbonell appears in the website of Broadway World is the largest and most comprehensive theater site on the net, the number one Site for Broadway Shows, Theatre, Live Entertainment, Tickets, featuring news, videos, photos ...

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Catalan composer Albert Carbonell appears in the Festival de música Contemporanea de la Habana (Cuba)

Fundado en 1984, el Festival de La Habana ha contado con la presencia de grandes compositores como Luigi Nono, Krystof Penderecki, Zyygniew Rudzinski, Hans Werner Henze, Sten Hanson, Luis de Pablo, Ramón Barce, Marlos Nobre, Gerardo Gandini, Manuel de Elías, Alfredo del Mónaco, Alfredo Rugeles, Celso Garrido Lecca, Manuel Enríquez, Xavier Montsalvatge, Florentín Giménez, Jorge Sarmientos además de los cubanos Harold Gramatges, Leo Brouwer, Carlos Fariñas, Juan Blanco, Roberto Valera , Juan Piñera, entre muchos otros.

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"Voices and clarinet" in the CATALAN MUSIC MAGAZINE

April 2010
Number 306
pp. 20

Voices and clarinet
cycle: CHAMBER CHOIR. Chamber Choir of the Palau de la Musica Catalan. Clarinet Trio in Barcelona. A. Prüssner. mezzo-soprano. Dir.: Jordi Casas i Bayer. Mozart, Milhaud, Stravinsky, Binet. Amargós, Carbonell.

by Francesc Taverna-Bech

"As stated in the program, the conjunction with the voice of the clarinet is one of the most beautiful and evocative sound combinations; not surprising then that the genius of Mozart acuity shown a special predilection for taking the Tandem-clarinet voice so singular a work night with excitement as the six texts by Metastasio and the stars speak of love of music with a warm effusions and colors. Likewise followed fragments of Marriage of Figaro that is blended into a nimble entertainment. The good work of the trio of clarinets directed Josep Fuster il'ajustada intervention Chamber Choir of the Palau constituted an impressive portico to a concert that was carefully listened to and that the director Jordi Casas led to vital communication. We could say that the concert offered two real surprises. First: listen to the beautiful opera singer Ariane Prüssner intervention in caustic Berceuses du chat Stravinsky, who singing magnificently adjusted | spirit of the score. The second: the Choir and its director expressed greater identification with the music of our time. Although not underestimate the Mozart work, we say when interpreting Quatrains VALAISAN Milhaud and the poetics of the Comptines oiselier Jean Binet, singers, conducted by houses, they achieve greater freedom and communicative spontaneity in their reading. Level also revealed in the series Beasts (Josep Carner) and the staff of Amargós and masterful composition Zodiac Albert Carbonell. With this admirable work for their Specific gravity formally, imaginative choral writing and the agility to establish dynamic contrasts the concert ended the audience listened with deep attention."



Mannes College of Music, a division of New School University, announces The Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance (IFCP), from Monday, June 14 - Sunday, June 20, 2004 at Mannes, 150 West 85th Street, NYC. In its inaugural year in 2004, the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance brings together a diversity of approach, talent, and experience for a week of workshops, master classes, lectures, symposium, performers, composers, and thinkers working today in contemporary music.
The final concert on Sunday, June 20, 2004 at 8:00 p.m., will be devoted to the music of Charles Wuorinen. A conversation with Mr. Wuorinen will precede the concert at 7:30 p.m.
Guests include pianists Ursula Oppens and Bruce Brubaker; violinists Rolf Schulte and Curtis Macomber; scholar/violinist Joel Lester (Dean of Mannes College of Music); IFCP Director, pianist/conductor Marc Ponthus; and special guests, members of Speculum Musicae, Agua si, Fred Lerdahl, and Charles Wuorinen. IFCP has commissioned and will present a new work by young composer Albert Carbonell.
Marc Ponthus, Director of IFCP, has championed some of the most significant works of our time, including the complete piano works by Iannis Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Pierre Boulez. He was the Director of ProjectWebern at the Morgan Library in NYC. His CD of Xenakis's piano music for NEUMA records has just been released.
The Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance is made possible with major support from The Florence Gould Foundation and The Kanter Plaut Foundation.


Albert Carbonell in the Ibero-American Music Festival of New York 2004

The concert dates are as follows:
April 18th: Third annual Ibero-American Music Festival 2004. Works by Aldemaro Romero (Venezuela), Samuel Zyman (Mexico), Tania Leon (Cuba-USA), Albert Carbonell (Catalonia), Rafael Huberman (Mexico), Jorge Sosa (Mexico). Concert at 8 PM @ "The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew", 263 W. 86th St (at West End) New York, NY.
April 24th: "Clash" the debut concert for violin and strings by Jorge Sosa and two works by Albert Carbonell, "Concertone" (for piano and strings) and "El quadrat màgic" (for two string orchestras). The concert begins at 8 PM at Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th St between 6th and 7th, New York, New York.
May 1st: "Chamber Music" by Albert Carbonell. A selection of new chamber music that will feature the debut of "Quartet de corda/String Quartet" and a performance of "Seqüències/Sequences" (quartet with clarinet), "Metamorphosis I" (sextet), "3 cançons infantils catalanes/Three Catalan Children's Songs" (clarinet and piano), "Variacions lliures/Improvisations" (piano), etc. The concert will begin at 8 PM @ "The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew", 263 W. 86th St (at West End) New York, NY.

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