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PASTOR, Gerard

Sabadell (Barcelona) 1984

Conductor, composer and pianist, Gerard Pastor is developing an important career as a composer for cinema, theme parks and new audiovisual formats, in which he is a pioneer in the use of certain musical technologies.

Born in Palau-solità i Plegamans, he studied piano in the Conservatory of Music of Sabadell, and then he trained at the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC) as a pianist, composer and orchestra conductor. He studied with maestros such as Mònica Buxó, Luca Chiantore, Albert Guinovart, Arnau Bataller and Jordi Mora among others. From the very beginning, he combined these activities with the musical production and direction of large format performances.

He has worked with first class artists, such as Lluís Claret, with whom he performed the world premiere of Pau Casals musical works for cello and piano, as well as the first recording; he has also worked with Chano Domínguez, Tomàs Grau and the Camera Musicae Orchestra as an orchestrator; with François Bergeron, the musical producer of the Cirque du Soleil, on the Furius Baco roller coaster at PortAventura; and with Michael Nyman, with whom he partnered in 2011 to compose the music for the documentary “The Mexican Suitcase”. For this last piece of work, he received a nomination for the Ariel Award of the Mexican Academy of film in 2012.

He is a great defender of the recovery of tonal languages in classical music in the height of the 21st century. Loyal to this mindset, his track record entails many awards among which the following should be pointed out: the award for Best Soundtrack at the Idyllwild International Film Festival in 2017 for his work in the film “Sonata for Cello”, and in 2018, the award for Best Soundtrack for “Jean-François and the Meaning of Life”. This last soundtrack also granted him the nomination for the Gaudí Awards by the Catalan Film Academy.

His music for “Barcelona 1714” granted him the recognition by the prestigious critic, Jon Broxton, who selected him as one of the 5 composers of the year to take into account in the future of the film industry.

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