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 400 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, Banyoles voice festival (a)phònica and the International Music Festival of Barcelona.
He currently lives in Banyoles.
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: Look as they sound, Entre poc i massa, La nit del llamp, Poetic concert to the Woman, Nickelodeon, Lorca, Imaginary Journeys, Love to life, Glimpses, Music for the waves, Water Nymphs (Ballet), Journeying, Lunatics, Water memory, Després de tot, The dreams dome (Ballet), Lake (Inaugural Rowing World Cup Show of Banyoles), Tanausú (for symphony orchestra and chorus, commissioned by Cabildo Insular de La Palma), Witche's Eyes, Iris, The autism of Myself, Coll de Roses (Wine Museum of Roses, commissioned by the wine cellar Espelt), The Magic Flute and MozArt Trilogy (arrangements for voices a capella from operas of W.A. Mozart for the theater company Dei Furbi of Barcelona), Water Nymphs (The Show) (coproduction with Amics de l’Òpera de Girona), Piano Concert in the Cloister and Collaborators Concert (concert celebration of my 25 years of musical creation), The island of women (choral Geriona at TV program Oh Happy Day from TVC and on tour around Catalonia), Memoirs of the exile and Companys president (show A look back about the exile of 1939 in Catalonia), Humans (with Tino Soriano's photographs and Alba Carretero's choreography), Up or down (chamber opera) 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, Banyoles voice festival (a)phònica...

Also highlight several awards: composition for symphonic cobla: Lake for choir and cobla (accèssit), Myths of Catalonia for harp, percussions, a singer and two coblas (second prize), and for Mediterranean  for piano and cobla (first prize), and as arranger: Prize MAX 2014 for the Best Spectacle Musical Theater for the work The Magic Flute (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 Quixote of la Mancha (1987) a musical from Mitch Leigh, he wrote songs for the plays of Eugène Labiche Such a forward youngster (1991), the music for What a party (1994) from Molière, Witches' Eyes (2009) from Joan Solana. He also made arrangements for a cappella voices of the following productions of the theater company Dei Furbi from Barcelona:The Magic Flute (2013) (Prize MAX 2014 for the Best Spectacle Musical Theater), and MozArt Trilogy (2014), both from W.A. Mozart's operas.
In cinema he composed music for Whisky curt (1996) from Josep María Pérez, Echoes (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 White Poem (1999) for the TV program Hidrogen, Entelechy (1999) and Membership (2015) from Francesc Font, Transaction (2007), Pending coffee (2007), The autism of Myself (2008)i Hatching-Obstruction (2011) (about vídeo-muntatges from the artist Pep Aymerich) and The crime mobile (2009) all from Quim Paredes, Y el cine marcha (2008, Amnistia Internacional and Mediapro) from Manuel Huerga, The old law (2007) from Joan Solana, Candela (2015) and Lolo Rico (2014) from Juli Suárez

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

You can find music recorded by him in the following recordings: Tanae (1995, Global Records), Each voice a kiss (1996, Picap), That it rotates round (1997, Global Records), Love to life (1997, Resistencia Ediciones), Musical proposals Banyoles (1998, Sublim Records), Hydrogen (1998-2000, TVC Edicions, volum I y II), Besalú now and always (2000, Audiovisuals de Sarrià), Glimpses (2002, Discmedi), 4 seasons in Catalonia (2002, TVC Edicions), The Cantoria (2002, 44.1 Edicions), Water memory (2002, 44.1 Edicions), Emociona’t-e (2003, 44.1 Edicions), Water Nymphs (Ballet) (2003, Catrecord), Sounds of Pain (2004, Audiovisuals de Sarrià), 5 years on stage (2005, Plusmusic), About canes and about cannonry (2006, Picap), Composers from Girona (2008, Stringendo), Iris (2009, Picap), Guests (2011, Afònix), Geriona-The voice made emotion (2014, Música Global) and A look back (2015, 44.1 Edicions).