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The conductor

Josep Vila i Jover

Biography

Born in Granollers in 1970, he studied choral conducting with Enric Ribó, Conxita Garcia and Christian Grube. Since 1995, he has been the artistic director of the Societat Coral Amics de la Unió, a prestigious choir school in Granollers that has more than six hundred and fifty students and ten active choirs.

In this institution, he conducts VEUS – Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió – formed by 60 equal voices between 12 and 18 years old – and the Cor de Cambra de Granollers, a mixed choir of 40 members. Both choirs are resident formations at the Teatre Auditori de Granollers since 2017.

These choirs have performed in the stable seasons of the Palau de la Música Catalana, L’Auditori de Barcelona and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, where they have collaborated with renowned conductors such as Edmon Colomer, Jordi Savall, Lluís Vilamajor, Robert King, Manel Valdivieso, Álvaro Albiach, Pablo González or Rubén Gimeno. He also regularly conducts international concerts and tours, all over Europe and from August 2017 also outside the continent.

He is regularly invited as a conductor to workshops and international choral festivals. Among the last participation we can highlight the EUROTREFF 2017 festival in Wolfenbüttel (Germany), Europa Cantat 2018 in Tallinn (Estonia), where he did a workshop with the Hungarian director József Nemes or the 6th Choir Meeting “El Canto Nos Une” in Colombia the September 2018.

 

VEUS – Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió conductor

As a conductor of VEUS, considered one of the bests children choirs in Europe, he has recived several prizes in international competitions:

2019 Josep Anselm Clavé Awards in Catalunya 2018

         Jury’s Award to the institution Societat Coral Amics de la Unió

         Audience Award to the recording Els Colors del Mar (Ficta Edicions)

2017 Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo. Award

2016  European Gran Prix for Choral Singing Association (Varna)

         Finalist

2015  47 Certamen Coral de Tolosa (Spain)

         1st prize

2013  Let the Peoples Sing! (EBU choirs contest)

         Youth Choirs prize

         Silver Rose Bowl to the best choir

2013  59 Certamen Internacional de Habaneras de Torrevieja (Alacant, Spain)

         National Prize

         Audience Prize

2010   42 Certamen Coral de Tolosa (Spain)

         2nd prize

2009   XV Certamen Juvenil de Habaneras de Torrevieja (Spain)

         1st prize

2009   27 Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigròs (Spain)

         2nd prize

2007   II Festival Internacional de Cant Coral de Malgrat de Mar (Spain)

         2on premi

2006   IX Antigua Abesbatzak Lehiaketan de Zumarraga (Spain)

         2nd prize

2006   XII Certamen Juvenil de Habaneras de Torrevieja (Spain)

         3rd prize

Recordings

2018 Els Colors del Mar (DVD). Recorded concert of the show Els Colors del Mar. Published by FICTA.

2017 VEUS (DVD). Recorded concert of the show VEUS. Published by FICTA.

2016 Un Barret de Cançons. Poems by Miquel Desclot and music by Josep Vila Casañas. Published by FICTA.

2014  Un Conte de Nadal. Works by Guinovart, with Orquestra Camera Musicae. Published by La Mà de Guido.

2014  Història de Catalunya amb cançons. With OBC conducted by Antoni Ros Marbà.

2012  There is no rose. A ceremony of carols by Britten and Dancing day by Rutter for choir, harp and drums. Published by La Mà de Guido.

2010  El Bestiolari d’Albert Guinovart. songs based on Miquel Desclot’s poems for children.

2009   Josep M. Ruera – Música Vocal. Inedited music by the Catalan composer J. M. Ruera.

2008   Musica Coeli – La Música del Cel. A selection of sacred music of different periods.

2006   Els Pecats del Cor. A compilation of jazz music featuring Martí Ventura Trio.

2006   Deu anys, Deu Estrenes – Celebrating the Music School’s 10th anniversary.

2004  Cançons – a collection of both a cappella and piano-accompanied choral works.

2003  Blancs – in collaboration with the Children’s animation group El Tramvia Blanc.

2003  Músiques de la Festa Major de Granollers.

2001  Cinc anys fent música: in honour of the Music School’s Fifth Anniversary.

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