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Octavi Rumbau

He is a composer born in 1980 and situated in Barcelona. His recent work concentrates on the search for new sound spaces of the interaction between electronics and instrument, as well as deepening the malleability of musical time.


Now being a pianist with classical training, he began his training as a composer with Enric Palomar, Yoshihisa Taïra and Agustí Charles. Later, he moved back to Paris to study composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de la Musique et de la Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) under Frédéric Durieux, and orchestration under Denis Cohen, along with studies in electroacoustics under Luis Naón, Yann Geslin, Tom Mays and Karim Haddad, and analysis under Claude Ledoux. At the same time, he was taking the IRCAM’s course on musical computing.

He received several distinctions, among them the Frederic Mompou Composition Competition 2005, the Dolors Calvet y Prat Composition Competition 2008, the Colegio de España and the Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) Composition Competition 2012, the Phonos Foundation 2012 grant from the Pompeu i Fabra University of Barcelona and the 1st Berliner Opernpreis 2013. In recent years, he has received support from various institutions: the Catalan Government, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, SGAE, the Tarrazi Foundation, Legs Jean Brizard and the Meyer Foundation.

His works are performed at numerous concerts, meetings and festivals throughout Europe and North America. He has received commissions from the Auditori de Barcelona, ME_MMIX, Bcn216, Crossing Lines Ensemble, Festival d’Òpera de Butxaca, Orquestra de Barcelona, UMS’n JIP, Rémi Durupt, Miguel-Ángel Lorente, etc. He has also collaborated with the Ensemble Multilatérale, Ensemble Links, Spanish Brass Luur Metalls, Orchestre de la Lorraine, Orquestra de las Islas Baleares, Orchestre des Lauréats, Alberto Menchén, Laurent Durupt and Philippe Spiesser, etc.

As a teacher, he teaches electroacoustics at the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands and composition at the Bachelor of Music.

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