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Jaume Torrent
GUITARRA

He studied guitar with Graciano Tarragó, student of M. Llobet and one of the composers of guitar music of the 20th Century, at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo de Barcelona and after graduating won the "Rosa Figueras de Carranza" and "Santa Cecilia" and a grant from the University Foundation " Agustí Pedro i Pons".

Since 1975 his concert career has been intense and uninterrupted and he has appeared at important international European music festivals like Sceaux, Cadaquès, Chartreux, Torroella de Montgrí, Ludvigsburg, Matzen and Barcelona. He has given guitar classes in cities like Vienna, Dallas, Chatellerault, Rust and Vilaller.

He has been soloist with orchestras like the "Luxemburg Radio and Television", the "Spanish Radio and Television", the "Israel Chamber", the "Ciudad de Barcelona", the "Bulgarian Radio Orchestra", the "Valencian Municipal", the "American Wind Symphony", the "San Francisco Concerto", the "Camerata Triestana" and so on, under conductors like Ph. Entremont, E. García Asensio, A. Ros Marbà, M. Galduf, H. Pensis, M. Natchev, F. Ficiur, R. A. Boudreau, U. Steiner, D. Frandes, and S. Brotons, among others.

If we focus on chamber music, we find that he has formed part of the "Quartet Tarragó" and has played with prestigious soloists like A. Nicolescu (first 'cellist of the Milan Scala Orchestra), the violinists, David Ballesteros (member of the London Symphony Orchestra), Joseph Gold and Ala Voronkova, D. Rouslin (viola of the "Delos String Quartet"), Magdalena Barrera (harpist of the OBC) and the "Quartet Gaudí" (made up of teachers from the OBC).

He gave the first performance of X. Benguerel's "Concertante para guitarra, percusion y cuerdas" (Concert for guitar, percussion and strings) at the Palau de la Música de Catalana and played, with the "Orquesta de la RTV Española", conducted by Enrique García Asensio, a concert for guitar and orchestra of "La Sexta Noche" (The Sixth Night) which the composer, Jordi Cervelló dedicated to him in 1996.

As well as recording the complete works of H. Villa-Lobos and J. Turina for solo guitar, he has made the first D.V.D. recordings in the world of the "Concierto de Aranjuez" by J. Rodrigo for Pioneer and X. Montsalvatge's "Fantasia para arpa y guitarra" (Fantasy for harp and guitar) with M. Barrera. At the moment he is preparing a recording of the works of G. Tarragó.

He is periodically invited to serve as a judge at international performance competitions like "Jacinto e Inocencio Guerrero" (Madrid), "María Canals" (Barcelona), "Mauro Giuliani" (Bari), "Forum Gitarre" (Vienna) and "Subiaco" (Rome), of which he has been President since 2000.

The list of his compositions for guitar is extensive and he has had suites, sonatas, waltzes, fantasies, concerts, duets, songs and other works published by publishing houses like Scott and Trekel, from Germany, Boileau, Clivis, Emec and Opera Tres, from Spain and Gendai from Japan.

He has taught guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo de Barcelona since 1980 and was Principal there from 1993 to 1999.

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