Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu

Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu (Catalan pronunciation: [kunsəɾβəˈtɔɾi supəɾiˈo ðə ˈmuzikə ðəl liˈsɛw]) is a music college in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was created in 1837 with the name Liceo Filo-dramático de Montesión.

In 1847 the institution inaugurated the opera house Gran Teatre del Liceu. In 1854, the Liceo Filarmónico and the Gran Teatre del Liceu separated administratively. Nevertheless, both entities have always remained closely linked.

Facade of the Gran Teatre del Liceu

Among its students have been, among other, artists as: singers Francisco Viñas, Maria Barrientos, Josefina Huguet, Conchita Supervía, Mercedes Capsir, Elvira de Hidalgo, Miguel Fleta, Victoria de los Ángeles, Jaume Aragall, Montserrat Caballé, Manuel Ausensi, José Carreras, Eduard Giménez, Dalmacio González, Juan Pons, Nuria Rial, Josep Bros; guitarist Renata Tarragó; pianist Frank Marshall or composers Leonardo Balada, Lluís Benejam, Agusti Grau Joan Guinjoan, Joan Lamote de Grignon, Ricard Lamote de Grignon, Frederic Mompou, Carles Santos, Manuel Valls, and Joaquim Zamacois. Many of them also became professors there upon completion of their studies, including Renata Tarragó. Among the professors there were Catalan composers Enric Morera, Graciano Tarragó and German composer Engelbert Humperdinck. The Barcelona Guitar Orchestra is based there.

Since 1999 Maria Serrat i Martín assume the General Direction and in 2002 the Spanish composer and musicologist Benet Casablancas assumed the academic direction of the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.

Conservatori liceu
The conservatory's new building, constructed in 2009

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Coordinates: 41°23′19″N 2°10′23″E / 41.38861°N 2.17306°E

Benet Casablancas

Benet Casablancas Domingo (born April 2, 1956 in Sabadell) is a Spanish composer and musicologist.

Carlos Cosías

Carlos Cosías is a Spanish operatic tenor born in Barcelona, Spain.

Cosías studied music and piano in the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona. He specialised in singing, studying with Jaume Francisco Puig and Eduard Giménez, and working with his regular accompanist, Marco Evangelisti.

His repertoire includes works such as Verdi's Requiem and La bohème, and leading roles in bel canto operas such as Il giovedi grasso, Don Pasquale, L'elisir d'amore, Anna Bolena and Lucia di Lammermoor, which he sang at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and in Cagliari (Italy). He has also performed in La vida breve, Macbeth, Cançó d’amor i de guerra, Il matrimonio segreto, Gianni Schicchi (Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao), Juana de Arco en la hoguera (Granada Festival), La bohème (Nice and Teatro Campoamor, Oviedo), La traviata (Teatro Gayarre, Pamplona and Gran Teatre del Liceu) and Rigoletto (in Korea). In the sacred music repertoire he has performed as a soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Mozart's Coronation Mass.

Amongst his performances in the 2008/2009 season were role debuts as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at the Croatian National Theater, and as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Teatre de La Farándula in Sabadell.

Concepció Bordalba

Concepció Bordalba (Barcelona, Spain, 13 September 1862 – 6 June 1910) was a Catalan operatic soprano who performed under the name Concetta Bordalba outside her native Spain. She spent most of her career in Italy or with touring Italian opera companies and was particularly known for her performances as Elsa in Wagner's Lohengrin and Margherita in Boito's Mefistofele.

Conchita Supervía

Conchita Supervía (8–9 December 1895 – 30 March 1936) was a highly popular Spanish mezzo-soprano singer who appeared in opera in Europe and America and also gave recitals.

Francesc Viñas

Francesc Viñas i Dordal (27 March 1863 – 14 July 1933) was a Spanish operatic tenor. He is also known by the Spanish version of his name, Francisco Viñas and the Italian version, Francesco Vignas. He was particularly known for his performances in the operas of Richard Wagner and sang in the first production of Parsifal outside Bayreuth.

Francisco Casanovas

Francisco Casanovas Tallardá (Barcelona, October 9, 1899 - Murcia, December 16, 1986) was a Spanish conductor, composer, pedagogue, clarinetist, saxophonist and flautist.

Frank Marshall (pianist)

Frank Marshall King (November 28, 1883 – May 29, 1959), was a Spanish, Catalan pianist and pedagogue born to parents of English heritage.

Marshall was born in Mataró, Catalonia, Spain. He attended the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu and then began studying with Enrique Granados. Marshall and Granados became close musical associates, and Marshall became Granados's teaching assistant at the latter's academy.

When Granados died in 1916, Marshall became its director; he remained director until his death in 1959, and the institute's name was eventually changed to Académia Frank Marshall. Among his pupils at the school was the composer Vicente Asencio. He published two pedagogic works, Estudio práctico sobre los pedales del piano (Madrid, 1919) and La sonoridad del piano, which attempted to notate piano pedaling more precisely.

Marshall's influence as a pianist and teacher impacted Catalan piano playing heavily; his approaches to pedaling and voicing helped refine the distinctive style of piano playing from the region. His most famous student was Alicia de Larrocha. No. 3 of Federico Mompou's Cançons i Danses was dedicated to him.

Marshall died in Barcelona in 1959, aged 75.

Gani Mirzo

Gani Mirzo (born 1968) is a contemporary Kurdish musician. He was born in Qamishlo in northeastern Syria and studied music at the Aleppo Conservatory and taught lute and composition in Syria. He moved to Spain in 1993 and worked on flamenco at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona from 1994 to 2000. He is now head of the Department of Oriental Music (Ziryab) at the Barcelona School of Music and a professor of flamenco guitar at the Liceu Conservatory. His music is recognized for creating a fusion among Kurdish, Oriental and Flamenco styles.

Giacomo Aragall

Jaume Aragall i Garriga (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʒawmə əɾəˈɣaʎ]; born 6 June 1939), better known as Giacomo Aragall, is a Spanish operatic tenor.

Joan Guinjoan

Joan Guinjoan i Gispert (28 November 1931 – 1 January 2019) was a Catalan composer and pianist.

José Ferrer (guitarist)

José Ferrer Esteve de Fujadas (in 19th-century France known as "Joseph Ferrer") (13 March 1835 – 7 March 1916) was a Spanish guitarist and composer.

Juan Pons

Joan Pons Álvarez (Ciutadella, Spain, 8 August 1946), is a Spanish operatic baritone, known internationally as Juan Pons.

Leonardo Balada

Leonardo Balada Ibáñez (born September 22, 1933, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) is a Spanish American classical composer, who is noted for his operas and orchestral works. After studying piano at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona, Balada emigrated to the United States in 1956 to study at the New York College of Music on scholarship. He left that institution for the Juilliard School in New York, from which he graduated in 1960. He studied composition with Vincent Persichetti, Alexandre Tansman and Aaron Copland, and conducting with Igor Markevitch. In 1981, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Since 1970 he has been teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Manuel Oltra

Manuel Oltra i Ferrer (8 February 1922 – 25 September 2015) was a Spanish composer. He was known for composing music about harmony and counterpoint music. He led the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu from 1959 until its disestablishment in 1987. Oltra was born in Valencia, Spain. He was awarded the 1994 National Music Prize of Catalonia.Oltra died of pneumonia in Barcelona, Spain at the age of 93.

Manuel Valls (composer)

Manuel Valls i Gorina (Catalan pronunciation: [mənuˈɛl ˈβaʎs]; 21 July 1920 – 1984) was a Spanish composer, pianist, music critic, and music educator.Valls was born in Badalona. He studied at the University of Barcelona and the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu. At the Liceu he was mentored by Aita Donostia with whom he studied music theory, music composition, and orchestration. He became a successful composer writing symphonic works, chamber music, choral music, operas, art songs, and songs for solo piano. For many years he taught composition at the University of Barcelona and wrote music reviews for El País.. He died in Barcelona.

Manuel Valls is the composer of the music of "El Cant del Barça", the official anthem of FC Barcelona.

Maria Barrientos

María Barrientos (4 March 1884 - 8 August 1946) was a Spanish opera singer, a light coloratura soprano.

Ricard Lamote de Grignon

Ricard Lamote de Grignon i Ribas (Catalan pronunciation: [riˈkaɾd ləˈmɔd də ɡɾiˈɲɔn]; 25 September 1899 – 5 February 1962), was a Catalan Spanish composer and orchestral conductor.

Ricard Lamote de Grignon was born and died in Barcelona. He was the only son of the composer Joan Lamote de Grignon and Florentina Ribas. He was initiated into the world of music by his father, then later studied at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu and at the Academia Marshall, both in Barcelona. At the age of 20 he joined the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Gran Teatre del Liceu as a cellist. In 1930 he was appointed director of the Girona Symphony Orchestra and in 1932 he won the appointment as assistant conductor of the Barcelona Municipal Band.

At the onset of the Spanish Civil War he fled to Valencia to join his father, working alongside him as assistant director of the newly created Municipal Orchestra. In 1948 he returned to Barcelona but, finding it impossible to regain his place as director of the Municipal Band, dedicated himself to musical composition and study. In 1957 he occupied the post of deputy director of the Municipal Orchestra, collaborating with his great friend Eduard Toldrà until his death in 1962.

Teresa Borràs i Fornell

Teresa Borrás Fornell (July 30, 1923 in Manresa – July 18, 2010 in Mataró) was a Catalan composer, music teacher and pianist.

Xavier Pagès i Corella

Xavier Pagès i Corella (born 28 July 1971 in Sant Pere de Ribes) is a Catalan-Spanish composer and conductor.

He studied at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu and the ca:Conservatori Superior Municipal de Música de Barcelona, where he graduated in piano with Margarita Serrat and Montserrat Almirall, composition with Salvador Pueyo and conducting with Albert Argudo. In 1994 he won the ca:Concurs Josep Mirabent i Magrans for young musicians, with which he studied conducting and composition with Diego Masson, László Heltay and Lou Harrison at the Dartington International Summer School. In 2000 he was admitted in the Konservatorium Wien, where he studied conducting with Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark.

As a composer he won the Oare String Orchestra International Music for Strings Composing Competition (United Kingdom, 2004) with the work Path of Seconds for string orchestra and the 17th Ciutat de Tarragona International Award for Musical Composition (Spain, 2010) with the work Echoes for piano and orchestra. As a conductor he has been invited to conduct orchestras such as the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (Spain), Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes (Mexico), the Orquesta Filarmónica de Mendoza (Argentina), and the Orchestre de Catalogne (France). Between 2004 and 2009 he was conductor of the ca:Cobla Sant Jordi - Ciutat de Barcelona, with which he had recorded for radio stations such as ca:Catalunya Música and the Radio Nacional de España, and labels such as Harmonia Mundi. In 2005 he was selected as assistant conductor of ca:Salvador Mas i Conde and ca:Manel Valdivieso in the ca:Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya. In 2007 he records part of the soundtrack of Sa majesté Minor by Jean-Jacques Annaud, with music by the Academy Award-nominated composer, Javier Navarrete.

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