A jury composed of several musicians elected the winner of the 8th edition of the Competition of composition Pablo Casals Festival. This is the Catalan Marc Migó Cortés. The 26-year-old composer, born in Barcelona, adds one more line to his impressive CV. Winner in 2019 of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composition Competition and the New Juilliard Ensemble Competition, his name is added in the prestigious Composition Competion of the Pablo Casals Festival.
“Cerdanyenca” is the title of the Sonata for cello and piano. The Pablo Casals Festival will be commissioned by the composer for a piece that will be performed during the Festival’s 70th anniversary in 2020.
After some years of self-training, Marc Migó (Barcelona, 1993) started studying piano under the guidance of Liliana Sainz. Moreover, he privately studied harmony and counterpoint with Xavier Boliart. In 2013 he was accepted at ESMUC (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya), where he studied composition with Agustí Charles, Salvador Brotons and Albert Guinovart.
In 2017 he was able to move to New York to continue his musical studies thanks to a scholarship issued by Fundación SGAE (Spain). He is currently on his second year of a Masters degree in composition at The Juilliard School, where he is studying with Melinda Wagner. At Juilliard he was awarded the 2018 annual orchestral composition competition award. As a result, his Nocturne for Violin, Piano, Harp and String Orchestra was performed at Alice Tully Hall (NY), by The Juilliard Orchestra. It was conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky. The soloists were Alice Ivy Pemberton and Aleksandra Kasman. This same work also received the 3rd prize in the 2018 Busan Maru International Composition Competition (South Korea).
In 2019 he has received a Morton Gould young composers award by ASCAP and the New Juilliard annual commissioning competition award. He will be a 2020 artist in residence at the National Sawdust thanks to a Blueprint Fellowship and also a fellow in the 2020 Minnesota Orchestra Composer’s Institute.
Some of his latest projects have consisted on a collaborartion with violinist Alice Ivy Pemberton, in her “Drowning Monuments” series, which spreads awareness about climate change. He has also has written a sonata for violoncello and piano for Mark Pirhodko which is influenced by Catalan folklore and landscapes. On summer 2019 this work will be played on tour around Spain aimed at connecting American based musicians with local audiences. His lastest completed musical project has been the recording of his first CD (sponsored by the Joan Manén Association) with the National Orchestra of Ukraine and conductor Volodymir Sirenko, featuring three of his orchestral works (a Piano Concertino, a Catalan Fantasy and an Epitaphium for String Orcehstra) and 2 works by Catalan XXth century composer Joan Manén.
Marc Migó will be starting his DMA in composition at Juilliard on the fall of 2019, under the mentorship of John Corigliano. He is currently working on a song cicle based on the texts by Belarussian Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Aleksievich, which will be premiered during the 2019/2020 season at the National Sawdust in New York.