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Salvador Brotons

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Salvador Brotons


Salvador Brotons (b. 17 July 1959, Barcelona, Spain) is a Spanish composer, flutist and conductor.

Dr. Salvador Brotons was born into a Barcelona family of musicians. He studied flute with his father and continued his studies at the Barcelona Conservatory of Music, obtaining superior titles in flute, composition and orchestra conducting. In 1985 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and moved to the United States where he received his Doctorate in Music from Florida State University. He has been a student of X. Monsalvatge and R. Johnson in composition, and A. Ros-Marbà and P. Spurgeon in conducting.

From 1977 to 1985 he was principal flute of the Orquestra del Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona (opera orchestra), and a member of the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona (1981-1985).

As a composer, Brotons has written over 80 pieces, mainly for orchestra and chamber groups. He has received fifteen composition awards including the Spanish National Orchestra Award (1977) for his Four Pieces for Strings, the Golden Youth Award (1980), and the City of Barcelona Award (in 1983 for his First Symphony and in 1986 for Absences for narrator and orchestra), the Southeastern Composers League Award for his Sinfonietta da Camera (1986), The Madison University Flute Choir Composition Award (1987) for his Flutes Suite, and the Queen Sofia Prize (1991) for his Virtus for orchestra.

Brotons has received many commissions, among which are his opera in two acts, Reverend Everyman (Florida State University, 1989), Sonata da Concerto for trumpet and band (University of Wyoming, 1992), Commemorativa for orchestra (RTVE Orchestra, Spain, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Conferenza dil Mediterraneo, Sicily-Italy, 1997), his musical in two acts, Before Silence (Generalitat de Catalunya, 1998), Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra (Cervantes Foundation of Warsaw, Poland, 1999), and the Woodwind Quintet No. 3 (University of Arizona, 2000).

Salvador Brotons was Assistant Conductor of the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra (1986-1987), Music Director and Conductor of the Oregon Sinfonietta (1990-1993), the Mittleman Jewish Community Orchestra (1989-1991), and the Portland State University Symphony Orchestra (1987- 1997). He also taught counterpoint, orchestra conducting, music history and music literature at Portland State University. In the summer he teaches in and directs the "XXI Century Music Festival" held on the island of Minorca.

He has been the Conductor and Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (WA) since 1991. He is also the Conductor and Music Director of the Vallès Symphony Orchestra in his native Barcelona and the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra in Palma de Mallorca.

Brotons has been invited to guest-conduct many orchestras around the world. He has had guest-conducting assignments with the Radio Prague Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, the Raanana Symphonette in Israel, the Moscou Virtuosi, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, the Columbia Symphony, the York Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the RTVE Orchestra in Spain, the Orquestra de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Asturias Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Liceu in Barcelona.

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