Paco Viciana

Paco Viciana was born in Barcelona in 1964 and grows up in a family atmosphere conducive to music. Father son audiophile classical music and of singer mother in various choirs of Barcelona, they inculcate in their son curiosity about the sound language.

The first deep musical impression is born when, as a child, he listens for the first time the pastoral symphony of Beethoven, play that during the following weeks of his discovery listens again and again without stopping. After that, the regular visits to concerts at the Palau de la Música Catalana and an extensive discography would make the rest.

He begins his musical studies with Miss Salieti, who teaches young singers how being formed to go to the Choir School of Montserrat.  Thereafter, he continues studying in the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona and in the Conservatory of Badalona
Curiosity for music and everything that surrounds it led him to study classical music combined with academic extensions of many different disciplines, such as jazz or musicology. Among many of his teachers stand out Joan Salses and Joan Rubinat in teaching piano, and Benet Casablancas and Miquel Sunyer, in schooling composition. In 1987 he decides to create a music school in the village of Besalú (Garrotxa) which states while finishing his musical career in Barcelona.
Paco's real passion is to compose music, having compound more than 270 plays in his catalog of genres as diverse as the symphony, oratorio, music for cobla (traditional catalan band of instrumental music), film music and opera.  Over 30 plays have been recorded.
Artists such as Paul Winter have said about his music "... it is refreshing to hear such elegant instrumental music."
He has received several awards for his compositions, like Manel Saderra prize for symphonic cobla several times or, recently, the 2014 Max Award for best musical theater show for his adaptatons on the Magic Flute by Mozart.
He has performed in various music festivals in the country such as Porta Ferrada Festival and the International Music Festival of Barcelona.
He currently lives in Banyoles together with his wife Marta and their two children, Aniol and Aina, and continues his creative work expanding musical horizons by combining many different genres and styles.
Composer of classical training, from 1976 to 1994 is musically through studies and courses at the Conservatory of Music in Barcelona, Badalona's Profesional Conservatory of Music, the School of Music in Barcelona, founded by the Claret brother's with Benet Casablancas, at School Zeleste in Barcelona, in the Aula of Modern Music and Jazz of Barcelona and at the School of Music Therapy in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

From 1987 to 1999 professes pedagogically teaching courses, classes, conferences and auditions in: Music School "El Sol Fa La Vida" Besalú (founder and director), School of Modern Music and Jazz Banyoles, Art School of Olot and the College ERAM in Girona.

He has launched the following works and shows: Mira com sonen, Entre poc i massa, La nit del llamp, Concert poètic a la dona, Nickelodeon, Lorca, Viatges imaginaris, L'Amor a la Vida, Mirades, Música per les ones, Dones d'aigua (Ballet), Transitant, Llunàtics, Memòria d’aigua, Després de tot, La cúpula dels somnis (Ballet), Estany (Inaugural Rowing World Cup Show of Banyoles), Tanausú (for symphony orchestra and chorus, commissioned by Cabildo Insular de La Palma), Ulls de bruixa, Iris, L’autisme del jo, Coll de Roses (Wine Museum of Roses, commissioned by the wine cellar Espelt), La Flauta Màgica and Trilogia MozArt (arrangements for voices a capella from operas of W.A. Mozart for the theater company Dei Furbi of Barcelona), Dones d’aigua (L’espectacle) (coproduction with Amics de l’Òpera de Girona), Concert de piano al claustre and Concert de Col·laboradors (concert celebration of my 25 years of musical creation), L’illa de les dones (choral Geriona at TV program Oh Happy Day from TVC and on tour around Catalonia), Memòries de l'exili and Companys president (show Una mirada enrere about the exile of 1939 in Catalonia), Humans (with Tino Soriano's photographs and Alba Carretero's choreography), among many others.
During the seasons 2000-2003 he worked weekly in Catalonia Radio program "El pont de les formigues" led by Martin Gironell.

He has performed among others, in the following Festivals of Music and Audiences: Centre Artesà Tradicionarius (Barcelona), Mercat de Música Viva (Vic), Festival Internacional de Música de Barcelona (L'Auditori), Temporada Alta (Salt), Festival Internacional de la Porta Ferrada (St. Feliu de Guixols), Festival Internacional de Noves Músiques (L'Espluga de Francolí), Festival Internacional de Música i Dansa (Les Presses), Nits al Museu (Museu d'Art de Girona), Festival de Música del Baix Penedès, Festival de Música de La Bisbal d'Empordà, Festival de Tardor de Sant Gregori, Festival de Música de Malgrat, Festival MOT, Auditori de Girona, Coliseum de Barcelona...

Also highlight several awards: composition for symphonic cobla: Els colors reflectants for choir and cobla (accèssit), Mites de Catalunya for harp, percussions, a singer and two coblas (second prize), and for Mediterrània  for piano and cobla (first prize), and as arranger: Prize MAX 2014 for the Best Spectacle Musical Theater for the work La Flauta Màgica-Variacions Dei Furbi (arrangements for cappella voices of Magic Flute, opera from W.A. Mozart for theater companion Dei Furbi of Barcelona). 

In theater, he led musically Don Quijote de la Mancha (1987) a musical from Mitch Leigh, he wrote songs for the plays of Eugène Labiche Quin jove més embalat (1991), the music for El malalt imaginari (1994) from Molière, Ulls de bruixa (2009) from Joan Solana. He also made arrangements for a cappella voices of the following productions of the theater company Dei Furbi from Barcelona: La Flauta Màgica-Variacions Dei Furbi (2013) (Prize MAX 2014 for the Best Spectacle Musical Theater), and Trilogia MozArt-Cosí fan Dei Furbi (2014), both from W.A. Mozart's operas.
In cinema he composed music for Whisky curt (1996) from Josep María Pérez, Ressons (1995) from Pere Box, El pollo Tejada (1996) from Josep María de Togores, comissioned by Cinema Museum in Girona, Serres Nues i Agudes (1994) and Poema Blanc (1999) for the TV program Hidrogen, Entelèquia (1999) from Francesc Font, Transacció (2007), Cafè pendent (2007), L’autisme del jo (2008) i Eclosió-Oclusió (2011) (about vídeo-muntatges from the artist Pep Aymerich) and El mòbil del crim (2009) all from Quim Paredes, Y el cine marcha (2008, Amnistia Internacional and Mediapro) from Manuel Huerga, La vella llei (2007) from Joan Solana, Candela (2015) and Lolo Rico (la mirada no inventada) (2014) from Juli Suárez

He created music for the television serie about the work of Salvador Dalí Dalí a la carta (2004) from the producer Canal Paradís.

You can find music recorded by him in the following recordings: Tanae (1995, Global Records), Cada veu un petó (1996, Picap), Que giri rodó (1997, Global Records), El amor a la vida (1997, Resistencia Ediciones), Propostes musicals Banyoles (1998, Sublim Records), Espais naturals de Catalunya (1998-2000, TVC Edicions, volum I y II), Besalú ara i sempre (2000, Audiovisuals de Sarrià), Mirades (2002, Discmedi), Les 4 estacions a Catalunya (2002, TVC Edicions), La Cantoria-de l’11 al 21 (2002, 44.1 Edicions), Memòria d’aigua (2002, 44.1 Edicions), Emociona’t-e (2003, 44.1 Edicions), Dones d’aigua (2003, Catrecord), Sons dels Dolors (2004, Audiovisuals de Sarrià), 5 anys en escena (2005, Plusmusic), De canya i de canons (2006, Picap), Compositors de Girona (2008, Stringendo), Iris (2009, Picap), Convidats (2011, Afònix), Geriona-La veu feta emoció (2014, Música Global) and Una mirada enrere (2015, 44.1 Edicions).