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Biographies

Cor Infantil by Orfeó Català

Part of the Escola Coral of the Orfeó Català, it is made up of fifty-three singers aged from eleven to fifteen. It was founded, and directed until 2008, by Elisenda Carrasco i Ribot. Since then Glòria Coma i Pedrals has been the director and Pau Casan the pianist, and it has performed around Catalonia, Spain and Europe.

It has worked with prestigious orchestras and choirs, including the Orquestra Nacional de Cambra d’Andorra, Orquestra de Bilbao, Rundfunksinfonieorchester, RIAS Kammerchor and the Monteverdi Choir with the English Baroque Soloists. It has also worked with conductors including Erkki Pohjola and Pasi Hyökki, Manuel Valdivieso, Marzio Conti, Juan José Mena, Marek Janowski, Sir J. E. Gardiner, S. Bychkov, Z. Mehta, Víctor Pablo Pérez and Pablo González, among others.

It has taken part in opera productions at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, premiered El bosc de Farucàrum at the Teatre Lliure, worked with the company Comediants, and with the stage director Dani Coma on the show Encants del món; it has recorded for Catalunya Música and been featured on the CDs European Christmas Songs, Germanies by Lluís Llach, Cantem aquest Nadal and the cantata L’assemblea dels infants by J. A. Amargós, as well as recording the solo CDs Encants del món and Cançons per a la mainada.

In 2013 it won third prize in the children's choir category at the Cantonigròs International Music Festival Competition.

During the 2014-15 season the Cor Infantil performed on the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore together with the Cor Jove of the Orfeó Català and the Cor Jove dels Països Catalans, in the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona Nacional de Catalunya season.

The Escola Coral of the Orfeó Català is sponsored by the Fundación Banco Santander.

Glòria Coma i Pedrals, directora

Born in Santa Maria d’Oló, she has studied conducting with Mireia Barrera, Josep Vila i Casañas, Pierre Cao, Johan Duijck and Harry Christophers. She has studied the piano, double bass, theatre and dance, and is a singing graduate from ESMUC, where she studied under Margarida Natividade, with whom she has taken part in several master classes in Belgium.

She has conducted the Cor Infantil Sant Esteve of Castellar del Vallès (first prize winner in the 10th Mostra de la Generalitat de Catalunya), the Cor Jove of the Escola de Música la Guineu of Barcelona (runner up in the 9th Certamen Nacional Infantil i Juvenil d’Havaneres de Torrevella). She has conducted adult choirs, including the Cor Lieder Càmera, of which she was the assistant director from 2005 to 2008. She has played the double bass in various ensembles and as a solo soprano she has played the parts of Barbarina and the Queen of the Night (Mozart), Lakmé (Delibes), Melissa (Händel), and also sung Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (Orquestra Barroca Catalana) and Camille Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio (Orquestra Ars Musicae de Catalunya), among others. She is a singing teacher at the monastery of Sant Benet de Montserrat and the Orfeó Català.

Since 2008 she has been director of the Cor Infantil of the Orfeó Català (third prize winner at the Cantonigròs festival).

Pau Casan, pianista

Born in Barcelona, he studied the piano under M. Farré at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Música de Barcelona, where he passed the higher level with top marks and a special commendation. This was followed by postgraduate studies under G. Fergus-Thompson and R. Vignoles at the Royal College of Music in London, on a scholarship from the Fundació Pedro Pons. He has attended master classes with A. de Larrocha, P. Badura-Skoda and J. Nin-Culmell, among others.

Winner of the first prize in the 23rd Joan Massià competition, he also won third prize in the 33rd Concurs de Joves Intèrprets de Catalunya and the prize for best pianist in the 22nd Premi Ciutat de Berga, in the category of vocal chamber-lied music.

He has performed as a soloist in Barcelona, Reus and Sant Sebastià, and internationally in Bogotà and London; he has appeared as an accompanist in Spain, France, Portugal, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Colombia. He has also taken part as a teacher in the Barcelona Festival of Song 2006, 2007 and 2008, an event devoted to Hispano-American artistic singing.

He has recorded for Columna Música with solo piano works and accompanying the soprano Assumpta Mateu, as well as a CD of Latin American lyric poetry.

He combines his concert activities with teaching at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu and working with the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Cor Madrigal. Since September 2010, pianist with the Cor Infantil de l'Orfeó Català.