Albert Guinovart is one of the most active, successful, and versatile of musicians of his generation. Born in Barcelona in 1962, he began his musical studies at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Música de Barcelona, which culminated in London with Maria Curcio, for whom he was an assistant. His musical activities range from playing the piano to recording, composing, orchestrating and teaching.
As a pianist, Guinovart has performed throughout the world: Europe, South and
North America, as well as Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He has collaborated with a list of acclaimed singers that includes the late Victoria de los Ángeles, Frederica von Stade, Ainhoa Arteta, Julia Migenes and Juan Dieego Flórez. He has performed as a soloist under the direction of famed conductors
Christopher Hogwood, Lawrence Foster, Franz Paul Decker, Edmon Colomer, Enrique Diemecke, Daniel Cohen, James Laughram, Josep Pons and Salvador Mas, Vasily Petrenko, among others.
He has been invited to play with orchestras such as Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Sinfónica de Madrid, Sydney Festival Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchester-Kölner Philarmoniker, Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de Toulouse, Israel Chamber Orchestra and Franz Liszt of Budapest, among others.
In his recitals, he combines his own works with pieces drawn from the universal classical repertoire, especially the Romantic period, as well as the music of
Spanish composers. There are many recordings of his work, as well as award winning CDs of his interpretations of Albéniz, Granados, Turina, Guinovart (Harmonia Mundi); Rodrigo (EMI), and Symphonic Tangos (DECCA).
In 2014 he started his relationship with Sony Classical, releasing his firsts Piano
Concertos with Vasily Petrenko, and in 2018 he released “Nocturne” with his works for solo piano. This year, they are going to present two more cd, a symphonic one (with his Third Piano Concerto) and other one with his opera “Alba Eterna”.
As a composer, Guinovart has cultivated many different styles. His first major work was the musical “Mar i Cel” (1988, 2004 and 2014), produced by Dagoll Dagom, which was awarded the Max Prize for best musical and best music.
For its premiere in Germany, at the Opernhaus Halle, he orchestrated a symphonic version of the musical. He has composed other award-winning musicals such as “Flor de Nit” (1992) with a libretto by Manuel Vázauez Montalbán, as well as “Gaudí” (2003) and “Paradís” (2005), both librettos by Jordi Galceran. During the spring 2013, he was awarded the Max Prize for the best musical score for “La vampira del Raval” (2011). In 2016 he presented his last musical since the moment, a success called “Scaramouche”.
Aside from his work in musical theatre, Albert Guinovart has always composed for the concert hall, with symphonic works featured abundantly in his repertoire (among them, concertos for piano, flute, clarinet, French Horn and percussion); several cantatas; the operas “Atzar”(1998) and “Alba eterna” (2009), the ballet “Terra Baixa” (1999) as well as numerous sonatas for different instruments, chamber music and songs. His music has been directed by prominent conductors Phillipe Entremont, Lawrence Foster, Gianandrea Noseda, Franz Paul Decker and Vasily Petrenko; and arrangements of his conducted by Plácido Domingo and Gustavo Dudamel. In his catalogue we find big works such as Requiem, Te Deum, Mass or Gloria. He has composed the Hymn for the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona.
Guinovart has composed a diverse range of soundtracks for cinema and television and also has provided music for six theatre productions directed by Sergi Belbel. He was commissioned to compose the official music for the World Swimming Championships in 2003 and 2013, and the Roller Games 2019. In addition, he was an orchestrator for the film “The Artist”, which won ten Academy Awards, including the “Oscar” for best musical score in 2012.
Since 2002, Guinovart has been professor of Orchestration and Composition at The ESMUC, and since 2014, he is an academic of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. He won also the Prize City of Barcelona, and he is a Steinway Artist.