Bernat Vivancos

Bernat Vivancos © May Zircus

The musical personality of Bernat Vivancos (Barcelona, ​​1973) is marked by the impressions received during his school years at the Monastery of Montserrat. Son of a deeply musical family, having completed studies in piano and composition with Maria Canals and David Padrós in Barcelona, he moved to Paris for five years to study composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris -center for avant-garde European music-, with professors Guy Reibel, Frédéric Durieux, Marc-Andre and Alain Dalvabie Louvier, where he graduated on Composition, Orchestration and Analysis.

The year of 2000 became a turning point in his career, he discovered the music of Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen, and moved to Oslo to broaden his studies there, in fact, this will mark his musical orientation and future work. Thereafter Vivancos style incorporates elements that make his work a unique proposal: a music sound rich of color and textural, modal music converge on Western tradition and the search for a spirituality based on a Spectral harmonic inspiration. These two fundamental aspects represent the strong influence of the nature of Vivancos’ work: nature as root and soil, symbol of tradition, but also as a presence that manifests itself consistently in the physical properties of sound.

Since 2003 he is professor of Composition and Orchestration in the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC) a post he combines with his research activities in the field composition, and the request to participate as member of the jury in international orchestration and composition competitions.

In 2011 he released a selection of choral music on the double disc White (Neu Records), recorded by the Latvian Radio Choir under the direction of Sigvards Klava, and twice awarded by Catalan critics as the best album of 2011, and in 2016 publishes, with the same choir and the same label, another double CD, Requiem, praised by critics unanimously. This is where the music of Vivancos, of clear sounds and ecstatic harmonies, of ascending architecture and bursts of Nordic luminosity, wants to twin faith, sensuality and beauty. In the 2014-2015 season he was a resident composer at the Palau de la Música Catalana, and this 2021-2022 season he is a guest composer at L'Auditori de Barcelona.

Vivancos has a wide range of vocal and instrumental music, with particular attention to orchestral production, and receives commissions from numerous international ensembles. His music, open and timeless, has interested singers such as Rosalia and Jennifer López with whom he has collaborated with different projects.


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