(Jul. 8, 2022, 20:30h. Auditori Eduard Toldrá, CMMB)
Xavier Coll was born in Barcelona in 1960. He studied guitar in his hometown, graduating from ESMUC, where he also completed a master’s degree in Classical and Contemporary Music. He has also specialized in historical instruments (theorbo, vihuela and baroque guitar). His professional career unfolds simultaneously in three areas: concerts, recordings and teaching.
As a soloist, he has provoked favorable reviews of all his performances, doing more than 130 concerts a year playing as a soloist or, especially, in the Barcelona Guitar Trio, of which he is a founding member. He has performed in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, England, Switzerland, Norway, Estonia, Israel, Russia, Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, United States, Mexico, Cuba, the whole of Central America, South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Brazil), Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Korea and Japan. He collaborated with Le Concert des Nations, directed by Jordi Savall. He currently participates with great public success in the Maestros de la Guitarra Española festival, in which guitarists such as David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Aniello Desiderio, Zorán Dukic, Antonio Rey, Yamandú Costa and Ricardo Gallén also participate.
He has recorded two solo CDs: Encuentro (Tárrega, Albéniz) and Three Centuries (from renaissance to romanticism, with vihuela and baroque and romantic guitars), six CDs with flutist Montserrat Gascón, a CD with mezzo-soprano Margarida Lladó, a DVD with the Barcelona 4 guitars and recently a triple CD with the Barcelona Guitar Trio. He participated in the CD recording of Joaquín Rodrigo’s integral by the EMI label. He also participated in the recording of the DVD of the opera l’Orfeo, by C. Monteverdi, produced by the BBC, with Le Concert des Nations directed by Jordi Savall.
Since 2003 he has been a professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), where he teaches Chamber Music, Guitar and Specific Guitar Repertoire, undergraduate and master’s degrees.
Awarded in prestigious international competitions (first prize ONCE competition, Madrid 1989; second prize and special jury prize of the María Canals competition, Barcelona 1992; prize for the best interpreter of Spanish music, Jacinto and Inocencio Guerrero competition, Madrid 1995, among others), Critics have highlighted his refined technique, his musical rigor and, especially, has valued his great ability to generate feelings through his passionate performances.