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Oscar Colomina i Bosch

Oscar Colomina (1977-) studied composition with Malcolm Singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he graduated with first class honours and gained a Master in Composition with distinction, and is about to complete his doctorate at the Royal Academy of Music under the supervision of Simon Bainbridge.

He has been finalist of the Barclays-St. Paul's Cathedral Competition Prize, and winner of the competition celebrating the 50th aniversary of the Royal Festival Hall’s organ, as well as the Musicians Company Dr. Alfred Prindl Memorial Prize, the Guildhall School/Orchestra of the Swan Composition Prize, the Best Music Award in Tenerife Short Film Festival and more recently Valencia’s Music of Today 2008.

Òscar has been commissioned among others by the Aldeburgh Festival, the Philharmonia Orchestra for its Music of Our Time series, the Schubert Ensemble, Orchestra of the Swan, Valencian Music Institute, Trio Rebec, Antares Ensemble and percussion group Kontakte.

His music has been premiered at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sir Adrian Boult Hall, Yale University’s Sprague Hall, Palau de la Música de Valencia, and the Auditorio de Galicia with the Real Filharmonia de Galicia Orchestra; it has been radio broadcasted in Spain, Mexico and the USA; and has also featured in festivals such as the City of London Festival, Manchester QuartetFest, the European Congress of Conservatoires, ENSEMS-València or the Encuentro Internacional de Compositores 2006 in Mallorca. His orchestral piece Le Vitrail Englouti was premiered by the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra in a project mentored by Yan-Pascal Tortelier. He was selected by the Yale University composition faculty to take part in a Cross-Atlantic Partnership project, involving a guest visit and concert at Yale University, USA. He has been resident composer of the Joven Orquesta Internacional Ciudad de Oviedo (2006), in Cove Park (2008), and was one of the two commissioned composers (alongside Tomás Marco) in the Burgos Summer Festival 2009. Future engagements include the Southbank premiere of Five Words, Three Phrases, and the Spanish premiere of The Thinking Machine in the International Conference on Contemporary Music 2010 in A Coruña (other participant composers include Tristan Murail, Antón García Abril, Tomás Marco and José Luis Turina).

Oscar teaches harmony, analysis, Music History and aural at the Yehudi Menuhin School and is invited regularly to teach at the junior departments of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He has been supported in his studies by a number of scholarships awarded by the Valencian Music Institute, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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