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Francesc Prat is a conductor and composer who has an open-minded approach to music and who divides his time between symphonic repertoire, opera and contemporary music, which he is especially drawn to.  This interest has earned him a place on today´s music scene, particularly in Switzerland and Spain, where he has been asked to conduct at events as diverse as the Lucerne Festival, the Basel Composition Competition, ArtBasel, the Berlinale and the Sonar Festival in Barcelona.

In the opera field, he is currently assisting the English conductor Ivor Bolton at the Teatro Real in Madrid, where Prat made his debut in March 2016 conducting a performance of Wagner´s Das Liebesverbot.  He has also worked in 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 Josep Pons´ assistant at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he had previously assisted Sebastian Weigle. His opera repertoire includes work by various contemporary composers (Haas, Sciarrino, Moser, Oehring, Barret and Saariaho) as well as operas from classical repertoire (Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Verdi, Rimsky-Korsakov and Britten).  He recently premiered the opera "Diàlegs de Tirant e Carmesina" by Joan Magrané at the Peralada Festival, and the opera also features in the 19-20 season at Barcelona´s Gran Teatre del Liceu.  He will soon be conducting the final concerts in the Tenor Viñas Contest at the Barcelona Liceu and at the Madrid Teatro Real. 

Francesc Prat habitually collaborates with many of the orchestras he has worked with, having conducted the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Basel Sinfonietta, Nederlands Kamerorkest, the RTV Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Community of Madrid Orchestra, the Madrid Symphony, the Balearic Island Symphony and the Orquestra de Cambra de l'Illa de Menorca, as well as the ensemble ö!, and has projects with many of these ensembles in the current season.  Last season he made his debut, to great acclaim, conducting the Essener Philharmoniker (Carmina burana alongside the Collegium Vocale Ghent).  Recent and upcoming engagements include concerts with the Galicia Royal Philharmonic, the Orquesta de Extremadura and the Orquestra Nacional de Cambra d'Andorra.

As a composer, his catalogue includes mainly chamber music and music for ensemble, for which he has been awarded prizes in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Austria.  In October 2012 his first opera premiered in Basel.

Francesc Prat began his musical training at the Escolania de Montserrat choir school. He continued his studies in 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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