Catalan/American composer Elisenda Fábregas has been praised for writing with an “imaginatively colored … idiom” (The New York Times) and for possessing an “individuality [which] shows through in yearning dissonances, quirky juxtapositions of thematic material and a pervasive sensuality not unlike that of her native Barcelona” (San Antonio Express News). Fabregas’s music has been described as “complex and haunting” (The Washington Post) with abundant “expressive long lines and gorgeous lyricism” (NATS Journal), and for having “an emotionally compelling aura” (The New Mexican News) and a “marvelous sense of progression and development” (American Music Teacher Magazine). In occasion of winning the MTNA Shepherd Distinguished Composer Award in the year 2000, the American Teacher Magazine praised Fábregas for writing with a unique perspective comparing her to the “The Man with a Blue Guitar” (1937) in the Wallace Stevens’s poem: “Fabregas is one gifted with a blue guitar. Her tunes are beyond us, yet ourselves. Indeed they are tunes of things exactly as they are.” Fábregas music covers a wide range of states, from “dreamlike images … and illusive rhythms and harmonies that permeate misty settings” [as in the piano solo ‘Hommage a Mozart,‘] to music described as “notable in its sturdy and arresting generative themes” with “motoric, muscular, exciting fast movements” (San Antonio Express News.)
Elisenda Fábregas’ music has been widely performed throughout the world, including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.; Merkin Concert Hall and Joyce Theater in New York City;Bargemusic in Brooklyn; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Tapiola Sinfonietta Concert Seriesin Finland; International Music Festival of Sitges (“Concerts de Mitjanit”) in Spain; Musical Festival of the Hamptons (NY); Embassy Series (Washington D.C.); Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall , Seoul; Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series, Michigan; Cactus Pear Music Festival (Texas); KWCMS Chamber Music Series in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada; Land’s End Chamber Music Society of Calgary, Canada ; the Bodensee International Music Festival and Sanssouci Musikfestpiele in Potsdam, Germany;United Nations Conference in Beijing, China; La Salle Cortot, Paris; Ibero American Institute in Berlin; and WDR Cologne Radio (“Nachtmusik” live). Her compositions are published by Alphonse Leduc & Cie.(Paris), Friedrich Hofmeister Musick Verlag (Germany), Southern Music Co., and Hidden Oaks Music Co.; her music is recorded on Haenssler Records, Albany Records, Centaur Records, NCA (New Classical Adventure), and Leonarda Productions. She has been commissioned by the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Texas Music Teachers Association, Dale Warland Singers, Maria Benitez Spanish Dance Co., Santa Fe Orchestra, Wonju Philharmonic, Cassatt Quartet, Marina Piccinini, Meininger-Trio, Eric Himy, Tallon S. Perkes, Virtuoso Ensemble (Seoul), and by numerous chamber groups and soloists. In 2000, Elisenda received the Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year Award from the Music Teachers National Association in Washington D.C.
Highlights of the forthcoming season include a premiere of her Symphony No. 1for Symphonic Band at L’Auditori de Barcelona on February 9, 2014, by the Banda Municipal de Musica de Barcelona with Maestro Youngmin Park. The other highlight is the premiere of her Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra by the Trio Nova Mundi and Atlanta Virtuosi in the Fall of 2014.
On July 13, 2013, Goyescas for flute, viola and piano was performed by Roberto Alvarez, flute, and othe members of the Singapore Philharmonic at their Chamber Music Series. The Meininger trio presented Voces de mi tierra and Colores Andaluces at the Hohenloher Kultursommer 2013 (Germany). Other highlights of 2013 include performances of The Flaming Rock in Texas by the Cassatt Quartet and the Allegro Chorale & Orchestra;Voces de mi tierra at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and the Nova Mundi Trio; and performances of Mirage and Homenatge a Mompou for piano in Hong Kong.
Recent premieres and performances in 2012 include the world premiere of Caminos del duende for marimba and four percussionists at the Seoul Arts Center by the group 4Plus on July 21, 2012, and an additional performance at the International Percussion Festival of Seoul (IPFS) on July 25; performances of Voces de mi tierra at the Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series (October 28, 2012), and of Voices of the rainforest in Freiburg (Germany) by the Trio Quer-Strich, and by the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble (November 23, 2012) in Calgary, Canada. Elisenda’s work Gacelas de amor for soprano (or mezzo), flute and pianowill be available from Friedrich Hofmeister at the end of 2012; and a recording of Colores Andaluces for cello and piano was just released on the NCA label by the Meininger-Trio. The world premiere of Retorn a la terra , with the same instrumentation as Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale, by the Virtuoso Ensemble under the direction of Unai Urrecho at the Hwaseong Arts Center in Hwaseong, South Korea, on May 26, 2012; the orchestral premiere of Terra Mater (2011) for symphony orchestra by the Wonju Philharmonic and conductor Young-Min Park on October 20, 2011. A recording of Colores Andaluces for cello and piano was just released by the Meininger-Trio on NCA New Classical Adventure. Other highlights of the 2011 season included the release on Haenssler Records by the Meininger-Trio of Voices of the rainforest for flute, cello & piano (2007) as well as music by Chen Yi and Libby Larsen; a performance of Voices of the Rainforest (2007) by the Meininger-Trio at MusikfestStuttgart (Germany) on August 31, 2011; three performance of Voices opf the rainforest by the Marsyas Trio in England; two performances of Goyescas by the Ensemble Gaudi in Maon and Terrassa (Spain); and several performance of Andante appassionato for flute by Barbara H. Williams in South-Africa.
Highlights of the 2010 season included a performance of Goyescas for flute, viola & piano at L’Auditori de la Pedrera Caixa Catalunya by Ensemble Gaudi in Barcelona in August 2010; and a performance of Homenaje a MompouCactus Pear Music Festival (Texas) for piano at the Festival of Song in Barcelona by pianist Max Lifchitz in early July. Max Lifchitz did the New York premiere of this work in April of 2010. In May 2010, Voces de mi tierra for flute, cello & piano was performed at the Tapiola Sinfonietta Concert Series in Finland. Other performances of Voces de mi tierra took place at Bargemusic (Brooklyn) by the NeoLit Ensemble; at the VII Festival Unicaja -“Las Musicas del Siglo XX-XXI” in Almeria, Spain, by the NeoArs Sonora Ensemble; broadcast concerts in Ontario,Canada, by the Exorior Duo; and over a dozen performances by the Davanti Trio,Terzetta Trio, and Kathryn Master in the US.
Highlights of the 2009 season included the premiere of Gacelas de amor for soprano, flute and piano based on poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca, a work written for and commissioned by male soprano Jörg Waschinski and flutist Christiane Meininger, at the Center for International Light Art in Unna (Germany); Goyescas for flute, viola and piano premiered at the Festival Internacional (Concerts de Mitjanit) de Musica de Sitges by Ensemble Gaudi ; the original score of Goyescas for flute & guitar was written and premiered by Marina Piccinini and guitarist Emanuele Segre at The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society ; and the New York premiere of the Flaming Rock for choir and string quartet by the Cassatt Quartet and Cantori New York.
Highlights of the 2008 season included the premiere of Voices of the rainforest for flute, cello & piano (2008) written for the Meininger-Trio at Nachtmusik – WDR Broadcasting Station in Cologne (Germany) and at the Berlin Ibero-American Institute (in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Berlin) and Oro Verde (Tropical Rainforest Foundation); the premiere of theThe Flaming Rock (2008) for choir and string quartet, commissioned by the Allegro-Chorale & Orchestra and the Cassatt String Quartet in Odessa and Midland, TX; the premiere of Homenaje a Mompou (2007), commissioned by Dutch pianist Marcel Worms in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of Federico Mompou’s death, which received multiple performances in Holland and the U.S. in November 2007 and January-February 2008. Other performances in the 2007-08 season included over twenty performances of Voces de mi tierra (2003) by the Murali Trio in Belgium and The Netherlands; The Season Chamber Players in the Northeast, U.S.; Trio Noir in Augsburg, Germany; and The Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio and Boerne, TX. Additional performances by the Toki Ensemble at the Donnell Library Center Auditorium in New York City; the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Company; cellist Larissa Groeneveld in Hollad; St. Bart’s Concert Series, NYC; CRR Konser Salonu in Instanbul, Turkey; McGill University in Montreal, CA; National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in Providence, RI; and concerts in several cities in Germany. In March of 2007 Elisenda was the composer in residence at the Taos Chamber Music Group Concert Series.
Highlights of the 2006-07 season included over thirty performances of Hommage a Mozart, a piano piece commissioned by Eric Himy commemorating the 250th Anniversary of Mozart’s birth. This work was premiered at La Salle Cortot in Paris and later at the Norris Arts Center in Chicago; The Music Festival of the Hamptons; Les Moments Musicaux de Notre Dame in Marseille; the KWCMS Chamber Music Series in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada; Concert Theatre des Varietes de Monaco; the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon, MI; Soirees Musicales in Dayton, OH; the Embassy Series in Washington D.C., as well as additional performances in Prague, Buffalo, Oregon, Utah, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Texas. Subsequently Hommage a Mozart was recorded by Eric Himy on the Centaur label and it is published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musik Verlag in Germany.
Other performances of Elisenda’s music were conducted at the 2006 NATS in Miami; the Chautaqua Institute in NY; 2006 National Society of Composers and College Music Society in Texas; 2006 International Alliance for Women in Music in Miami; 2006 ASTA/NSOA National Conference in Kansas City; Westminster Choir College, NJ; and SOLI Chamber Music Series in San Antonio, TX. Her work Colores Andaluces for cello & piano was premiered at the 2006 Celloherbst Festival in Germany by cellist Francoise Groben and at the CRR Konser Salonu in Instanbul, Turkey, on February 2007.
Elisenda Fábregas was born in 1955 in Terrassa, Barcelona, and received extensive training as a pianist at the Barcelona Conservatory. In 1978, she came to the United States as a Post-Doctoral Fulbright scholar and earned a masters degree from The Juilliard School and a doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College. She began composing at The Juilliard School in 1985, working with several dance companies and choreographers in New York City, including Jerome Robbins, Hector Zaraspe, Janet Soares and Anna Sokolow. Her start as a composer was in 1986, when The Maria Benitez Spanish Dance Company commissioned her to write Reflexiones for solo piano, and was premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Joyce Theater in New York, followed by numerous performances throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
As a pianist, she has performed throughout Spain, England, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and the United States, appearing in Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, and The Joyce Theater in New York City, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., The United Nations Conference in Beijing, The Place Theater in London, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, and the Manuel de Falla International Festival in Granada, Spain.
In her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall she was praised by Tim Page of The New York Times as having “… fluid technique and a poet’s command of musical shading.” She has also performed live on WQXR-FM “New York Spotlight”, WNYC-FM “Around New York”, and the Voice of America.
Elisenda was awarded in 2011 a Doctoral degree (DMA) in composition at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. From February 2010 to 2013 she was a Visiting Professor at the Chugye University for the Arts in Seoul where she resides. Currently She is in the Composition Faculty of Ewha Womans University in Seoul and an Invited Professor of Music at Kyung-Hee University Humanitas College.