Biography Francisco Coll



Francisco Coll (b. Valencia, 1985) studied at the Valencia and Madrid Conservatoires before moving to London as a private pupil of Thomas Adès (his only pupil to date), and a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won the Ian Horsburgh Memorial Prize for the best postgraduate composition.

Coll has composed five orchestral pieces, a chamber opera and several ensemble and chamber works. Hidd’n Blue, composed for the London Symphony Orchestra, has since been taken up across Europe, including performances with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, SWR Sinfoniorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

Coll’s music has received the advocacy of some of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles including the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In March 2014 his ensemble piece Liquid Symmetries was premiered by Grupo Modus Novus in Madrid. The same month saw his chamber opera Café Kafka (a co-commission from Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and the Linbury Studio – Royal Opera House) premiered to great acclaim: ‘This could be a classic’ wrote The Independent, ‘Coll is a major talent’ wrote BBC Music Magazine.

Highlights of 2014 included the first performance of the Four Iberian Miniatures for violin and orchestra (Pekka Kuusisto, Britten Sinfonia) and the UK premiere of the Piano Concertino (Nicolas Hodges and the CBSO under Thomas Adès). Future projects include a large orchestral work for the Luxembourg Philharmonic and a transcription of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder for Ensemble Intercontemporain and a new piece for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.




Born on 17 July in Valencia (Spain).

Begins trombone lessons, as well as studies in analysis, harmony, counterpoint, chamber music and piano at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Torrent with Rafael Polanco and Francisco Zacarés, and with Nicolas Esteve at the local music school. …Whose name I don’t want to remember for double brass quintet premiered at Avery Fisher Hall of the Lincoln Center of New York by Canadian Brass and the brass section of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia with Andrés Valero and Jesús J. Oriola. Wins first prize in both the International week of chamber music Prize of Montserrat (for El juego lúgubre for two pianos) and the “Vicent Galbis” interpretation Prize. Aqua Cinereus for large orchestra is premiered at “Palau de la Musica” by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Valencia University, conducted by Cristóbal Soler. Member of the Youth Orchestra of the “Generalitat Valenciana” (JOGV), and the University of Valencia’s Philharmonic Orchestra. Studies at the Spanish Brass Academy with Carlos Gil and Indalecio Bonet.

Wins first prize in both the National Award “Valencia Crea” (for La Ciudad Paranoica for ensemble of 10 players) and the young performers “Villa Castellnovo” Prize. Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Madrid with Elies Hernandis, graduating with the Honour Prize.

Commences a Masters degree in composition at the Guildhall School of Music (GSMD) in London with Richard Baker. Studies privately with Thomas Adès. Wins the “Carmelo A. Bernaola” SGAE Prize (for Cuando el niño era niño… for piano quartet).

Hidd’n Blue, for the London Symphony Orchestra is work-shopped and recorded by the LSO and François-Xavier Roth as part of the LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme. Writes Piedras for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Aldeburgh Summer Composition Course with Magnus Lindberg, Colin Matthews and Oliver Knussen. Wins the Mary Ryan Composition Award.

Chosen to represent Spain at the International Rostrum of Composers/UNESCO in Lisbon. Óxido, for soprano and ensemble, is premiered at Wigmore Hall under his baton. Trombone studies with John Kenny at GSMD. Undertakes a Composition Residency during the Aldeburgh Festival. Completed a Masters degree in composition with distinction in 2010, winning the Ian Horsburgh Memorial Prize for the best postgraduate composition at the GSMD.

Fellowship at GSMD. Writes Zortziko for members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Writes Sguardo verso l’interno for the Aldeburgh, Verbier and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. Composer in Association with the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana, which resulted in Piano Concertino (for Nicolas Hodges) and In Extremis (for choir and orchestra). UK premiere of Piedras by the London Sinfonietta / Martyn Brabbins.

Writes Tapias for the National Orchestra of Spain and trombonist Juan Carlos Matamoros. Writes Aurum (a brass quintet) for the City of London Festival. Hidd’n Blue is premiered at Barbican Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Adès. Spanish premiere of Piedras in Valencia with Grup Mix Tour / Pablo Rus.

SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg / Pablo Rus record Hidd’n Blue. Writes Ad marginem (a viola concerto) for the London Sinfonietta and viola player Paul Silverthorne. Writes Four Miniatures (for violin and piano) for the Kang-Kusnezow duo. Commissioned by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. The Sinfonietta Riga plays Piedras at New Music Festival Arëna of Latvia. Commissioned to write a chamber opera for performance at Aldeburgh, Opera North and Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House. Writes Liquid Symmetries (for fifteen players) for the CNDM.

Café Kafka is premiered at Aldeburgh Festival, Royal Opera House and Opera North. UK premiere of the Piano Concertino by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/ Nicolas Hodges/Thomas Adès. Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra / Gustavo Gimeno plays Hidd’n Blue. Grup Mixtour/Pablo Rus plays Liquid Symmetries.

Tapias is premiered at Auditorio Nacional de Madrid with the Orquesta Nacional de España/Juan Carlos Matamoros/George Pehlivanian. New piece for the Ensemble Intercontemporain/Matthias Pintscher. UK premiere of the Tapias by the BBC Scotish Symphony Orchestra /Simon Johnson/Otto Tausk.
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra/Gustavo Gimeno performs Hidd’n Blue. New production of Café Kafka at the Palau de Les Arts de Valencia. The London Sinfonietta performs Liquid Symmetries. Four Iberian Miniatures at the BBC Proms/Britten Sinfonia/Thomas Adès/Augustin Hadelich.Vestiges at the CITÉ DES ARTS de Paris/Richard Uttley. The same piece at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana/Alessandro Viale. World premiere of Mural with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra/Gustavo Gimeno.
World premiere of Harpsichord Concerto with Mahan Esfahani and the Britten Sinfonia. Lucerne Symphony Orquestra with Noa Woldschut performs Four Iberian Miniatures at KKL . The National Orchestra of Spain together with the Cuarteto Casals premieres Invisible Zones/Concerto Grosso in Madrid. World premiere of Lacrimae with the Orfeó Universitari de València and Francesc Valldecabres.Mural at the BBC PROMS in London. World premiere of Turia in Sweden with the Norrbotten NEO/Christian Karlsen/Jacob Kellermann.