The challenging task performed by Glòria Coma i Pedrals, director of the Cor Infantil de l'Orfeó Català, and the pianist Pau Casan 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 Pau 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).
Pau Casan, pianista
"Being part of the Escola Coral de l'Orfeó Català is a real privilege! The Cor Infantil in particular is an enormous responsibility, and being able to share the music with our kids and the whole team of teachers is a source of constant enrichment."
He formed with M. Farré, G. Fergus-Thompson and R. Vignoles at the Royal College of Music in London. First prize of the 23rd Joan Massià Contest and prize for the best pianist of the 22nd Ciutat de Berga Prize, he has performed in Spain, France, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, Finland, the United Kingdom and Colombia. He has a CD with solo piano works and accompanying the soprano A. Mateu (Columna Música).
He combines concert activity with teaching at the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Liceu and collaborates habitually with the Gran Teatre del Liceu. He is the pianist of the Infantil Choir and the Orfeó Català.