Agustí Charles Soler
Born in Manresa (Barcelona), he began his musical studies at an early age. His first works in contemporary composition date back to the 1980s, with the help of Miquel Roger, Albert Sardà and Josep Soler. Later he studied with Franco Donatoni, Luigi Nono and Samuel Adler, in addition to working with Joan Guinjoan, Cristóbal Halffter, J.R. Encinar and Ros Marbà.
He has nearly fifty awards, among which the most important national and international composition prizes stand out. He has also received commissions from many institutions and prestigious performers, so his music is performed all over the world.
In 2003 he received the award from the Association of Spanish Symphony Orchestras (AEOS) with his work Seven Looks, performed by all the major Spanish orchestras between the 2004 and 2008 seasons.
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With the help of Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, ÒBNC, he premiered his first opera La Cuzzoni, esperpent d’una veu, in October 2007 at the Staatstheater Darsmtadt (Germany) with great success. This would later be performed in Barcelona and Madrid.
In 2008, the Italian company Stradivarius released his second monographic CD with part of his orchestral work, performed by the Madrid Community Orchestra and conducted by José Ramón Encinar. In 2010, the Tritó label (2010) released a new monographic CD with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Catalonia, conducted by Jaime Martín. In March 2011, his second opera, Lord Byron, un estiu sense estiu, (Lord Byron, a summer without summer) with libretto by Marc Rosich, stage direction by Alfonso Romero Mora and production by ÒBNC, was premiered at the Staatstheater Darmstadt (Germany), to great acclaim from the public and critics. In June 2011, it was performed at Gran Teatre del Liceu. In August 2012, his opera Java Suite was premiered at the Castell de Perelada Festival, with libretto by Marc Rosich and stage direction by Rita Consentino. Later he would see it performed at the La Seca theatre in Barcelona and at the Opera House in Basel. In November 2019, his monodrama No és res urgent (It is not urgent) which formed part of the Òpera de Butxaca i Nova creació programme Sis solos soles, (Six solos alones), was due to premiere, with a libretto by Marc Rosich, the voice of María Hinojosa and Marc Charles on violin. Unfortunately, it had to be cancelled due to the Covid pandemic and could see only online. The premiere was on September 2022 in Ateneu Barcelonès, (Barcelona).
In October 2021, his latest opera, Andrómeda encadenada (Andromeda in Chains), with text by Fátima Frutos, libretto by Marc Rosich and stage direction by Jordi Pérez, was premiered at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. Andrómeda returned to the stage in October 2022, at the Staatstheater Darsmtadt (Germany), within the framework of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
He is also the author of numerous works related to musical composition and analysis, including his books: Análisis de la Música española del siglo XX (2002), Dodecafonismo y serialismo en España (2005), Instrumentación y orquestación clásica y contemporánea (5 volumes).
He is Doctor in Art History and has been Professor of Composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón and professor of composition at the ESMuC. He currently teaches orchestration at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Madrid).
Works at Editorial Mondigromax:
- ANDRÓMEDA ENCADENADA. Monologue for soprano, violin, harp and live electronics
- NO ÉS RES URGENT. Micro opera for soprano and amplified violin
- LA CUZZONI. ESPERPENT D’UNA VEU. Chamber opera
- LBYRON. UN ESTIU SENSE ESTIU. Chamber opera in two acts
- JAVA SUITE. Chamber opera in one act
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