BIO

Award-winning composer Albert Carbonell 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 & 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 & orchestration with Carles Guinovart and conducting with Albert Argudo.
During his career he has received several awards, grants and scholarships among others 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 Agustín Pedro Pons" Scholarship from the University of Barcelona (2000) (UB), among others.
In 1999, thanks to a scholarship from the SGAE (the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) he moves to New York City to study first at the Juilliard School of Music enrolling later on at the Mannes College The New School for Music where, after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, he studies with David Loeb (composition), Robert Cuckson (music theory) and Carl Schachter (music analysis). In 2004 he is appointed composer in residence of the "Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance" under the direction of the prestigious contemporary pianist Marc Ponthus, being Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez or Mario Davidovsky at the advisory board. In 2017 his piece "Sketches" was chosen as one of the five finalist among 110 works submitted at the "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. Worth mentioning as one of his latest projects is his new approach to the re-harmonization of the entire Catalan traditional Songbook for mixed choir "a cappella".

Awards & Grants


- Finalist of the III Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers' Competition (2017) in Radom, Poland, with Sketches (a new version of the "String Quartet")- 1st. Prize of XXIV Premi Musical de Composició per a cobla Ceret-Banyoles. (2007) Concertone (new version for cobla)- Grant by the "Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad Madrid". Piece commissioned: Zodiac (2007)- 1st Prize project "Opera a secundària" by the "Gran Teatre del Liceu" (City Opera Hall in Barcelona) pedagogical opera Lisístrata (2005)- Honorary Prize at the "Murray Schafer" Composition Competition. Poland 1999- Prize as the best Catalan Composer at the 11th "Francesc Civil" Prize in Composition. (2001)- 1st. Prize at the "III Concurs Internacional de Composició" de Música de Càmara de Montserrat (València). (2001)- 1st. Prize "5th Composition Competition for Christmas Carols" Fundacion Caja de Granada. (1999)- 1st Prize Sardanes SGAE (1999)- 1st. Prize "Premi Ramon Serrat per a joves compositors de sardanes". Terrassa. (1999)- 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)- 1st Prize at the Chamber Composition Competition "Joaquim Maideu". Category A. Vic (1998)- 1st Prize at the Chamber Composition Competition "Joaquim Maideu". Category B. Vic (1998)- Special Youth Award at the VIIIth Premi Musical de Composició per a cobla Ceret-Banyoles. (1992)- Special Youth Award at the VIth Premi Musical de Composició per a cobla Ceret-Banyoles. (1990)- Grant by "Fundació Caixa Sabadell" (1996-97)- 1st. Prize of the "Agrupació Sardanista de Taradell". (1996)- 1st Prize Sardanes SGAE (1995)

Scholarships & Certificates


- Fulbright Fellowship (2002-04)- Mannes College of Music Merit Scholarship. (2003)- "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)- Certificate of Superior Professor of "Conducting" (2001)- Certificate of Superior Professor of "Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition and Instrumentation" (1998)- Certificate of Superior Professor of "Solfege, Music Theory, Transposition and Accompaniment" (1997)- Certificate of Superior Professor of "Percussion" (1996)- Certificate of Superior Professor of "Music Pedagogy" (1996)