BIO

Award-winning composer Albert Carbonell i Sauri was born in Barcelona (Catalonia) where he began his studies at the Conservatory Superior of Music of Barcelona graduating with honors in percussion, harmony, fugue, composition and orchestration. At the CSMMB he studied piano with Albada Olaya and Miquel Farré, percussion with Santi Molas and Xavier Joaquín, harmony with Vicens Acuña and Xavier Boliart, counterpoint with Mª Àngels Reixach and Josep Poch, composition and orchestration with Carles Guinovart and conducting with Albert Argudo.
During his career he has received several awards, grants and scholarships, among them the grant from the Association of Artists and Performers (1994-95) (AIE), the grant from the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers (1999) ("Fundación Autor/SGAE") and the "Foundation Agustí Pedro Pons" Scholarship from the University of Barcelona (2000) (UB).
In 1999 the SGAE (the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) granted him with a scholarship that allowed him to moved to New York City to study at the Juilliard School of Music. Later on, after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, he enrolled at the Mannes College The New School for Music where he studied with David Loeb (composition), Robert Cuckson (music theory) and Carl Schachter (music analysis). In 2004 he was appointed composer in residence at the "Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance" under the direction of American-French contemporary pianist Marc Ponthus, being Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez and Mario Davidovsky also at the advisory board. In 2012 he wrote the incidental music for the Off-Broadway production of Teresa’s Ecstasy -a show written by playwright Begoña Plaza- premiered at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. The play was directed by Will Pomerantz and the cast included playwright Begoña Plaza as well as Shawn Elliott and Linda Larkin. In 2017 his piece "Sketches" was chosen among 110 works for the final round of the five finalist at the third "Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers' Competition" in Radom (Poland) being maestro Penderecki present at the final concert as the head of the Jury.
His catalog is varied and includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, string orchestra, symphonic orchestra, choral works, as well as theatrical pieces, some pedagogical works, and a few children's songs. His style is characterized by a sophisticated use of the counterpoint, a marked preference for the new graph, a strong influence of the traditional harmony, an intricate and meticulous predilection for the timbre effects, as well as a taste for the new extended-techniques. One of his latest projects is the new approach to the re-harmonization of the entire Catalan traditional Songbook for mixed choir SATB "a cappella".

Awards & Grants


- Finalist at the III Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers' Competition (2017) in Radom, Poland, with the work Sketches (for strings)- 1st. Prize at XXIV Premi Musical de Composició per a cobla Ceret-Banyoles. (2007) with Concertone (new version for cobla)- 1st Prize project "Opera a secundària" by the "Gran Teatre del Liceu" (City Opera Hall in Barcelona) pedagogical opera Lisístrata (2005)- 1st Prize Bohuslav Martinu Award, with the piece Chance "Atzar" (2004)- Honorary Prize at the "Murray Schafer" Composition Competition. Poland (1999) with The sepherd's boy- Prize as the best Catalan Composer at the 11th "Francesc Civil" Prize in Composition. (2001) with The magic square- 1st. Prize at the "III Concurs Internacional de Composició" de Música de Càmara de Montserrat (València). (2001) with Seqüencies- 1st. Prize "5th Composition Competition for Christmas Carols" Fundacion Caja de Granada. (1999) with Benid a Belen- 1st Prize Sardanes SGAE (1999) with Cant d'enyorança- 1st. Prize "Premi Ramon Serrat per a joves compositors de sardanes". Terrassa. (1999) withthe sardana Eixerida- Premio de Honor Grado Superior de Composición (1998)- Premio de Honor Grado Superior de Instrumentación (1998)- Special Youth Award at the XIVth Premi Musical de Composició per a cobla Ceret-Banyoles. (1998) Nyeros i Cadells- 1st Prize at the Chamber Composition Competition "Joaquim Maideu". Category A. Vic (1998) with El petit bestiari- 1st Prize at the Chamber Composition Competition "Joaquim Maideu". Category B. Vic (1998) with Variations- Grant by "Fundació Caixa Sabadell" (1996-97)- 1st. Prize of the "Agrupació Sardanista de Taradell". (1996) with the sardana Aplec daurat- 1st Prize Sardanes SGAE (1995) with the sardana Bellsolar- Special Youth Award at the VIIIth Premi Musical de Composició per a cobla Ceret-Banyoles. (1992) La ciutat llunyana- Special Youth Award at the VIth Premi Musical de Composició per a cobla Ceret-Banyoles. (1990) with El silenci del bosc

Scholarships & Certificates


- Fulbright Fellowship (2002-04)- Mannes College of Music Merit Scholarship. (2002-04)- "Fundació Agustí Pedro i Pons" (Universitat de Barcelona). Scholarship (2001)- "Fundación Autor/SGAE" (Spanish Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers) Scholarship (2000)- "Fundacón Autor/SGAE" (Spanish Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers) Scholarship (1998)- "Artistas Interpretes y Ejecutantes" (Beca AIE). Scholarship (1994-95/96-97)- "Fundació Caixa Catalunya". Scholarship to assist to the Summer Festival in Torruella de Montgrí (Girona) 1992.- Master of Music by the "Mannes College of Music" (the "New School University") (2004)- Superior Professor of "Conducting" (2001)- Superior Professor of "Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition and Instrumentation" (1998)- Superior Professor of "Solfege, Music Theory, Transposition and Accompaniment" (1997)- Superior Professor of "Percussion" (1996)- Superior Professor of "Music Pedagogy" (1996)