The challenging task performed by Glòria Coma i Pedrals, director of the Cor Infantil de l'Orfeó Català, and the pianist Paul Perera is to assure the cohesion of a group made up of singers aged from 11 up to 16, both musically and on the more human side.
The perseverance and energy which Glòria and Paul put into this project is rewarded by the enthusiasm of the choristers and the breadth of their horizons, a comprehensive education through choral music.
Glòria Coma i Pedrals, conductor
"Working with boys and girls who like singing is very enriching and very exciting! Our goal is to make good music while having a good time and making ourselves all a little happier!"
Born in Santa Maria d’Oló(Moianès, Barcelona). 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 conductor of the Cor Infantil of the Orfeó Català (third prize winner at the Cantonigròs festival).
Paul Perera Arguedas, pianista
Perera Arguedas completed his professional degree at the Municipal Conservatory of Music of Barcelona (CSMMB) with Maria Carme Poch, where he received the honorary prize for piano. He holds a higher degree from the Graduate School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC), where he studied with professor Maria Jesús Crespo, graduating with honours. Following that, he took a number of postgraduate courses with professor Luiz de Moura Castro at the Liceu Conservatory of Music.
He has received masterclasses and advice from a number of pianists and chamber music teachers, including: José Ángel González, Margarida Serra, Alain Motard, Pierre Reach, Antoni Besses, Vladik Bronewetski, Emilio Molina, Gennady Dzubenk, Guillermo González, Manuel Ituarte, Peter Bithel, Carles Marquès, Luiz de Moura Castro, Brigitte Meyer, Quartet Casals, Charles Tunnell, Francisco Poyato and Assumpta Mateu.
A significant portion of his professional music career has been dedicated to choral music, and he has specialised further by working with some of the most important conductors in Spain, including Josep Vila i Casañas, Pablo Larraz, Elisenda Carrasco, Pere Lluís Biosca, Josep Vila Jover, Oriol Castanyer, Josep Prats and Montserrat Menesses, among others, as well as leading figures from the international scene – Simon Halsey, Cristian Grases, Karmina Silek, Joan Company, Josu Elberdin and Basílio Astúlez.
He trained as a choral conductor under the tutelage of Poire Vallvé at the Orfeó Gracienc, where he was deputy conductor (2014-2017). He is currently pianist and deputy conductor for Laia Santanach at Roig Korai, the girls choir at the Orfeó Gracienc, and at the Coral Renaixença in Sant Boi. He is also the pianist for the Cor Infantil (Children’s Choir) at the Palau de la Música Catalana.
His interest in chamber music has led him to perform duets with soprano Anaïs Oliveras and with violinist Marie Perera (Duet Élégie), and to explore composition. He was a member of the technical team at the Secretariat of Children's Choirs of Catalonia (SCIC) for five years.