Albert Guinovart is one of the most active, successful and versatiles of musicians of hi sgeneration from Spain. Born in Barcelona in 1962, he began his piano studies at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Barcelona, which culminated in London with Maria Curcio, for whom he was an assistant. At the same time, he experienced, from the very beginning, a need to create his own compositions.
As a pianist, Guinovart has collaborated with acclaimed singers, including the late Victòria dels Àngels, María Bayo, Barbara Hendricks, Julia Migenes, Juan Diego Flores and dancer Nacho Duato. He has performed under the direction of conductors Christopher Hogwood, Lawrence Foster, Franz Paul Decker, Edmon Colomer, Enrique Diemecke, Daniel Cohen, James Laughram, Josep Pons and Salvador Mas, among others.
He has ben invited to play with orchestras such as the Gürzenich Orchester – Kölner Philharmoniker, the Sydney Festival Orchestra, the Madrid Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony and National Orchestra of Catalonia, the National Orchestra of Montpellier, the National Orchestra of Toulouse, the Helsinky Philharmonic Orchestra and the Franz List Orchestra 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 music from Catalonia and Spain. There are many recordings of his work, as well as award winning CDs of his interpretations of Albéniz, Turina, Granados, Guinovart (Harmonia Mundi); Rodrigo (EMI); and Symphonic Tangos (DECCA). His latest CD of his own work was released on Sony Classical in 2014.
As a composer, Guinovart has cultivated many different styles. His first major work was the musical show «Mar i Cel» («Sea and Sky»; premiered in 1988; revised in 2004; libretto by Xavier Bru de Sala, based on a play by Àngel Guimerà), produced by the theater group Dagoll Dagom, which received the Max award (spanish equivalent to a «Tony» award) for best musical show. For its premiere in Germany, at the Opernhaus Halle, Guinovart arranged a new symphonic version of the show. He has also composed other award-winning musical shows such as «Flor de Nit» (1992; libretto by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán), «Gaudí, the musical show from Barcelona» (2003; libretto by Jordi Galceran) and «Paradís» (2005; libretto by Jordi Galceran).
Most recently, Guinovart was orchestrator for the film «The Artist», winner of ten Academy Awards, including the Oscar for best musical score in 2012. The film also won the 2012 Golden Globe for best musical score. During spring 2013, Guinovart received the Max award for best musical score for «La Vampira del Raval» («The Vampire of the Raval»), a musical theatre piece placed in early 20th century Barcelona.
Aside from his work for cinema and theatre, Albert Guinovart has always composed for the concert hall, with symphonic works abundantly featured in his repertoire (concertos for piano, flute, clarinet, french horn, percussion…); several cantatas; operas «Atzar» and «Alba eterna»; and ballet «Terra Baixa»; as well as numerous sonatas for different instruments, chamber music and songs. His music has been conducted by prominent conductors like Gian Andrea Noseda, Lawrence Foster, Vassily Petrenko and Philippe Entremont.
Guinovart has composed a diverse range of soundtracks for cinema and television, and has provided incidental music for six theatre productions directed by catalan playwright Sergi Belbel. He was commisioned to compose the official music for 2003 and 2013 Swimming World Championship.
Since 2002, Guinovart has been professor of orchestration and composition at the Superior School of Music of Catalonia, the Barcelona Conservatory of Music; and he is academican of the Royal Accademy of Fine Arts of Saint George (2014), He has been also awarded with the «Ciutat de Barcelona» Prize of Music (2014).