Josep Maria Guix
(Reus, 1967) is one of the most personal and intriguing of Catalan composers. His music, which is delicate and intimate, reminds us of Mompou at his most essential: succinct forms, a subtle treatment of resonance and silence, and a pared-down writing that comes from the careful modelling of sound. Guix’s music –a music of minimal gestures and subtle contrasts of timbre– plunges us into a world of refined sonorities, beauty and contemplation, whose organic nature is extremely evocative. Guix studied History of Art in Barcelona University (UAB), Music Theory and Composition in Badalona Conservatory, electronic music in Phonos (Barcelona) and computer music in IRCAM (Paris). He received lessons and advice from Benet Casablancas, David Padrós, Joan Guinjoan, José Manuel López López and Jonathan Harvey. His works have been awarded in several occasions: X Premi Internacional de Composició “Ciutat d’Alcoi” (Spain, 1995), Premio SGAE Jóvenes Compositores (Spain, 2000), Concurs Innovamusica (Andorra, 2008), Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award (USA, 2010), I Concurs Internacional “Festa de la Música Coral” (Barcelona, 2015). His teaching activities in Barcelona include IES Joan Coromines, Conservatori del Liceu, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC). From 2007 till 2011, he has been artistic director of the Contemporary Music Festival “Nous Sons” in L’Auditori (Barcelona). During 2018-19 Season Guix is Composer in Residence in Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona).