Oriol Castanyer

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BIOGRAPHY

He began his music studies at the Municipal Conservatory of St. Cugat del Vallès and continues to study at the Professional Conservatory of Terrassa, the Municipal Conservatory of Music of Barcelona and the Conservatory of the Liceu. Finalist of the I Eugènia Verdet Piano Competition and the XXV Joan Massià Competition, she obtained an Honorable Mention in the 35th edition of the Young Piano Performers Competition of Catalonia.

At the same time he studied choral conducting with Elisenda Carrasco, Xavier Sans, Mireia Barrera, Xavier Puig, and in 2013 he graduated in choral conducting at the Superior School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC) where he studied with Josep Vila i Casañas and Johan Duijck.

Interested in various music styles, he is part of the traditional and popular music group Amanida Folk with whom he has given concerts throughout Catalonia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and France.

He regularly collaborates with La Caixa Foundation as a pianist and editor in the participatory concerts of Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Messiah. Since 2011 he has also been collaborating with the Educational Service of L'Auditori de Barcelona as a director of the Cantània project.

He has regularly worked with the Lieder Càmera choir as a co-repeater and from November 2008 to July 2014 he was its deputy director. He has been an accompanying pianist with the Children's Choir of the Orfeó Català and the National Youth Choir of Catalonia (2013-2017), and director of the Sinera dels Lluïsos de Gràcia Choir (2012-2019). In 2001 he founded the Aglepta Choir, a women's choir that he has been conducting ever since and is currently also the pianist and director of the Sant Cugat Children's Choir and, since 2016, the director of the Sant Jordi Choir.

He has been a teacher of choral singing at the Conservatory of Terrassa and is currently a teacher at the music school Aula de So in St. Cugat del Vallès.

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