Francesc Prat, guest conductor. Season 2018/2019

Francesc Prat, guest conductor. Season 2018/2019

Francesc Prat is a conductor and composer who approaches music with an open mind and divides his time between symphonic repertoire, opera, and the creation of contemporary music, for which he feels a particular affinity. This interest has placed him on the contemporary music scene, especially in Switzerland and Spain, where he has been asked to conduct projects at events as diverse as the Lucerne Festival, ArtBasel, Berlinale and Sonar Festival in Barcelona.

In the field of opera, he is currently assistant to the English conductor Ivor Bolton at the Madrid Teatro Real, where he made his debut in 2016 conducting a performance of Wagner´s Das Liebesverbot. He has also worked at Theater Basel, the Dutch National Opera, Neuköllner Opera Berlin, the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona. From 2012 to 2015 he was assistant to Josep Pons at the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house in Barcelona, where he had previously assisted Sebastian Weigle.
His opera repertoire includes various names from contemporary music (Haas, Sciarrino, Moser, Oehring, Barret) as well as others from classical repertoire (Nebra, Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Verdi, Rimsky-Korsakov and Britten).

Francesc Prat also has regular collaborations with orchestras such as the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Basel Sinfonietta, Nederlands Kamerorkest, RTV Symphony of Slovenia, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra, Madrid Symphony, the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra and the Island of Menorca Chamber Orchestra.

As a composer, his catalogue mostly includes chamber music and pieces for ensembles which have been awarded prizes in Germany, Italy and Austria. In October 2012 he premiered his first opera in Basel.

Francesc Prat began his musical training at Escolania on Montserrat. He continued his studies of oboe, piano and theory at the Conservatori Superior de Música in Barcelona. He later graduated in oboe at the Musikhochschule Luzern, in composition at the Hochschule für Musik Basel/Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel, and in conducting at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

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