Director of Music of The Yehudi Menuhin School (from September 2017) and Professor of Orchestration at the Royal Academy of Music, Òscar is a sought-after composer and conductor who has guest conducted and lectured at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague – School for Young Talent and is part of the teaching faculty of the Akoesticum Talent Programme in Holland, alongside some of Europe’s leading chamber music specialists. A member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (performing with Carlo Maria Giulini and Gianandrea Noseda), he later pursued further studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Singer and Simon Bainbridge (composition) and Alan Hazeldine (conducting).
A commission from the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Shpigl for solo violin (2016), has been described by American composer John Adams as ‘a small masterpiece of both musical and dramatic imagination’. Impressed by the piece, Adams programmed Shpigl in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series ‘Noon to Midnight’ festival, inviting Òscar to attend the American premiere in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
Òscar’s most recent orchestral work, Entfaltung (2015), written for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, was praised by legendary pianist and conductor Jean-Bernard Pommier, who wrote of Òscar’s ‘perfect control of orchestration and timing’ and Entfaltung‘s ‘strong and captivating music’.
Other commissions and performances include the Aldeburgh Festival, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, Schubert Ensemble and the Real Filharmonia de Galicia; concert venues across the UK, USA, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark and Italy, numbering the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Yale and New York Universities, Palau de la Música de Valencia and Auditorio de Galicia among them. His compositions have been broadcast in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Denmark and the USA.
His presence in international festivals includes Cheltenham Festival, Harrogate Festival, Gower Festival, Oundle Festival, Frontiers 2015 (Birmingham), Composers Now 2014 (New York), City of London Festival, Manchester QuartetFest, the European Congress of Conservatoires, ENSEMS-València, Burgos Summer Festival, Música en Compostela or the Encuentro Internacional de Compositores in Mallorca, among others.
He has orchestrated works for Heinrich Schiff and the Kremerata Baltica (Gewandhaus, Leipzig 2009) for the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (Beijing, 2012) and has enjoyed composition residencies at London’s Barbican Pit Theatre (2011), the Joven Orquesta Internacional Ciudad de Oviedo and in Cove Park (Scotland). In 2014 he was a jury member for the Valencia International Wind Band Competition, the leading contest of its type in the world.
As a conductor, he was Principal Conductor of the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra (2011-2014), works regularly at the Royal Academy of Music and The Yehudi Menuhin School, and has conducted orchestras and ensembles including the Orquesta de Valencia (ENSEMS International Festival, 2017), Royal Conservatoire of the Hague – School for Young Talent’s Atheneum Kamerorkest, Camerata XXI Chamber Orchestra in the 36th Pau Casals International Festival, Orpheus Sinfonia (London) and the Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León’s New Music Ensemble.