BIO

Award-winning composer Albert Carbonell was born in Barcelona (Catalonia) 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 of the AIE, the Association of Artists and Performers (1994-95), the grant of the "Fundación Autor/SGAE" (1999) and the "Foundation Agustín Pedro Pons" University of Barcelona (2000), among others.
In 1999 he moves to New York City thanks to a grant from the SGAE (the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) that allows him to study at the Juilliard School of Music and later on, in 2002, under a Fulbright Scholarship he enrolles at the Mannes College The New School for Music where he studies with David Loeb (composition), Robert Cuckson (theory) and Carl Schachter (analysis). In 2004 he is appointed composer in residence of the "Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance" under the direction of the prestigious contemporary american-french pianist Marc Ponthus, being at the advisory board prestigious composers like Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez and Mario Davidovsky. In 2017 his piece "Sketches" was chosen as finalist at the "Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers' Competition" in Radom (Poland).
His catalog is varied and includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, string orchestra, symphonic orchestra and choral works, as well as children's songs and other pedagogical projects. His style is characterized by a sophisticated use of the counterpoint, as well as a marked preference for the new graph, a strong influence of the traditional harmony, an intricate and meticulous predilection for the timbre effects, a taste for the new extended-techniques and a personal approach to the catalan traditional folksongs.

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)