(Sept. 13, 2019, 8:30 PM. Auditori Eduard Toldrà, CMMB)
Born in Lleida (Spain) 1960, at thirteen years old he began his guitar studies with Jordi Montagut. In 1976, he attended the last course given by the celebrated guitar teacher Emilio Pujol, in Cervera. He also studied with Eduardo Sainz de la Maz, Eulogio Davalos, in Barcelona, José Tomás in the Alicante Conservatory “Oscar Esplá”, and Rafael Andia and Alberto Ponce at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
Carles Trepat began his concert career when he was seventeen, and, one year later, he made his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as the winner of the First Young Performer Competition “Jeunesses Musicales”. Thereafter, he was awarded, in the most prestigious international guitar competitions, such as the Tárrega Prize at the International Guitar Competition Francisco Tárrega, the Special Jury Prize at the International Competition of Havana and the First Prize at the Fifth International Competition of Toronto.
Since very young Carles Trepat has been devoting some of his time to teach and he also had the privilege of being assistant professor of José Tomás, during the summer courses of Denia and Vila-Seca for more than ten years. He is frequently invited to give advanced courses at the conservatories of Zaragoza, La Coruña, Jaén, Alicante, Cartagena, Badajoz, Bilbao, Ikasmúsica, Alkmaar (Netherlands), Volos and Thessaloniki (Greece), Mikulov (Czech Republic), among others.
Carles Trepat regularly performs around the world, in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Radio France in Paris, among many others. and has been invited in several festivals, just to name a few, the Granada Music Festival, the Shell Guitar Festival in Darwin (Australia), the Ibercamera, the Palau Euroconcert 100, in Barcelona, the Cadaqués Festival.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Zagreb Soloists, the Orchestre Philarmonique de Montpellier, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Lyon Opera Orchestra, the London Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square and I Musici, under the baton of conductors like Enrique García Asensio, Leopold Hager, Friedemann Layer and Josep Pons.
His interest in popular music brought him to arrange for guitar songs by maestro Quiroga and to collaborate with some of the best flamenco artists of the moment like Tomatito, Belén Maya, Israel Galván and Duquende.
He has published several original pieces and transcriptions for guitar and his work “Homenaje a Baden Powell” was awarded at the Martinique Carrefour Mondial de la Guitare, in 1994. He has recorded several albums, including some dedicated to works by Mompou and Quiroga, and also one titled “El Albaicin”, featuring the world première recording of his solo guitar transcription of “Iberia” by Albéniz. Carles Trepat is used to play emblematic guitars by some of the most important historical luthiers: Santos Hernandez, Jose Pagés and Antonio de Torres.