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Carlos Amat

Carlos Amat

Born in Spain, conductor, pianist and composer Carlos Amat has performed in Spain, the United States, Russia, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and France, and his music has been performed in Spain, Germany, Greece and the USA.

He holds a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Baltimore. He launched his conducting career at the age of 30, having studied with Frederick Prausnitz, Lior Shambadal, Enrique García Asensio, George Pehlivanian, Antoni Ros-Marbá, Manel Valdivieso, and Colin Metters. Most of his practical formation comes from his job, from its foundation in 2006 until 2009, as repetiteur at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, where he also served as assistant conductor for Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel, having the opportunity to work with some of the best singers of the moment, like Plácido Domingo, Matti Salminen or Waltraud Meier, to name just a few.

His awards include the First Prize of the Conservatory after his Diploma in Piano Performance, the “Pauline Favin Memorial Award” in Baltimore, a Fellowship from the University of Maryland (Washington D.C.), First Prize of the 1995 «Jeneusses Musicales» National Chamber Music Competition in Spain and Third Prize at the International Competition for Composers of the Mediterranean Music Centre of Lamia (Greece).

He has conducted the Academic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta de Cámara de Minería (México DF), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Perú, Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, “Joaquín Rodrigo” Chamber Orchestra, New Music Ensemble of Miami, Orquesta Filarmónica Cervantes and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castellón. He has collaborated with soloists like violinist Vicente Huerta, pianists Brenno Ambrossini, Soyeon Lee and Ran Dank, trumpet players Otto Sauter and Vicente Campos and oboist Vicente Llimerá, as well as singers like Javier Agulló, Silvia Vázquez, and Vicenç Esteve.

Carlos Amat served as Musical Director of the Opera Association of Castellon (AOC) and the Nomos Ensemble, and at this moment he is a Tenure-track Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia, Artistic Director of the Valencia International Performing Arts Summer Festival, and Head Consultant at Musical Arts Music College in Madrid.

Josep Majoral Obiols