Salvador Brotons

Department of Classical and Contemporary Music

Direcció i pràctiques d’orquestra principal



He completed his higher studies in flute, composition, and orchestral conducting at the Conservatori de Música de Barcelona under the guidance of maestros Antoni Ros-Marbà, Xavier Montsalvatge, and Manuel Oltra.


A significant number of his works have been published and recorded on several CDs both in Europe and the USA, with labels such as Naxos, EMI, Auvidis, Albany Records, Claves, Harmonia Mundi, RNE, Centaur Records…


As a composer, he has written over 145 predominantly orchestral and chamber works and has won important composition awards, including the "Premio Orquesta Nacional de España" (1977) for his Quatre Peces per a Cordes; the awards “Jove d´Or” (1980), the "Premi Ciutat de Barcelona" (in 1983 for his Primera Simfonia,and in 1986 for his work Absències for narrator and orchestra); the "Southeastern Composers League Award" for his Sinfonietta da Camera (1986); “The Madison University Flute Choir Composition Award” (1987) for his Suite de Flautes and the “Premio Reina Sofia de Composición (1991) for his work Virtus.


He has been the principal conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de Baleares "Ciutat de Palma" (1997-2001, 2009-2013) and the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès (1997-2002), as well as the Banda Municipal de Barcelona (2007-2018). Since 1991, he has been the principal conductor of the Vancouver Symphony (Washington State), and under his direction, he has received the "Arts Council" award given by Clark County and the City of Vancouver, as well as the Kiwanis Rose Award (2005) and the Life Achievement Award (2020). He currently participates annually as a conductor in the Blue Lake Summer Festival in Michigan (USA).

He currently combines an intense schedule as an orchestra conductor with the composition of numerous commissioned works of various genres.