BIO

Award-winning composer Albert CARBONELL 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 with Albada Olaya and Miquel Farré (piano), with Santi Molas and Xavier Joaquín (percussion), with Vicens Acuña and Xavier Boliart (harmony), with Mª Àngels Reixach and Josep Poch (counterpoint), with Carles Guinovart (composition and orchestration) and with Albert Argudo (conducting).
During his career he has received several awards, grants and scholarships, among them the grant from the Spanish 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). He completed advanced courses at the Manuel de Falla International Music Composition Course in Granada (1996) with Franco Donatoni and at the Veruela International Music Composition Festival “Música Viva” (1997) with Samuel Adler, Leon Schidlowsky and Yitzhak Sadai.
Then he moves to New York City in 1999 after receiving a grant from the SGAE (the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) to study at the Juilliard School of Music. Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship he finishes his Master of Music at the Mannes College The New School for Music (2002-04) studying with David Loeb (composition), with Robert Cuckson (music theory) and with Carl Schachter (Schenkerian analysis). In 2004 he is appointed composer in residence at the "Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance of New York City" under the direction of prestigious avantguarde American-French contemporary pianist Marc Ponthus, with Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez and Mario Davidovsky being members of the board. In 2012 he writes the incidental music for the Off-Broadway production of Teresa’s Ecstasy premiered at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan (New York City). Directed by Will Pomerantz the cast includes playwright Begoña Plaza as well as Shawn Elliott and Linda Larkin. In 2017 his piece "Sketches" is chosen among 110 works for the final round at the third "Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers' Competition" in Radom (Poland) being Penderecki himself at the 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, pedagogical works, and 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. His latest projects include the re-harmonization of the Catalan traditional Songbook for mixed choir SATB "a cappella" -a collection of 9 songbooks with more than eight hundred songs arranged for choir- and his personal approach to the Catalogue of Birds, a collection of one hundred short pieces for solo piano dedicated to Olivier Messiaen.

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) 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 compositors de sardanes". Terrassa. (1999) with the 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 Award at the VIIIth Premi Musical de Composició per a cobla Ceret-Banyoles. (1992) La ciutat llunyana- Special 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)- Graduate Superior Professor of "Conducting" (2001)- Graduate Superior Professor of "Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition and Instrumentation" (1998)- Graduate Superior Professor of "Solfege, Music Theory, Transposition and Accompaniment" (1997)- Graduate Superior Professor of "Percussion" (1996)- Graduate Superior Professor of "Music Pedagogy" (1996)