29 June - 13 July 2022
Age: 21 years old
Bernat Cucarella Sifre was brought up around Valencia, Spain. He began studying music early, but at 8, he chose his instrument, percussion. Until then, he had always shown an interest in music: he built his own drums, played toy saxophones, and enjoyed watching concerts. During these years, he was able to attend two jazz summer courses that opened his eyes to improvisation and creative music. Meanwhile, he attended modern music, and contemporary dance and practised circus arts.
At 14, he premiered his first work and since then, he has created many works and arrangements for different ensembles (orchestra, percussion ensemble, and solo, with electronics …) and for different styles (jazz, classical, contemporary, minimalist …).
At 16, he decided that he wanted to do an artistic baccalaureate focused on the performing arts.
Now he’s studying for a composition degree at the superior music school in Valencia, but he is attempting other specialities also to know about all.
As a composer, he highlights the commissioning of work for the Ensems festival within a pedagogical project and for the Valencia Wind Band. He receives classes from Voro García, a composer of contemporary music known in Europe.
As a vibraphone player, he highlights the scholarship in the Boston Berklee Summer Performance. Right there, they also granted him the scholarship that covers half of the degree studies in Boston. In the first program, he met Víctor Mendoza, a Berklee vibraphone teacher and a great international player with whom he has received private lessons from that moment on. Now he has played with some of the greatest musicians that he admires such as Albert Sanz, Perico Sambeat, Javier Colina…
All the information that he has received about art throughout his training is reflected in the different works that he composes, being the stage, the electronics, and the coexistence of different styles, elements that are widely used in his discourse.
Photo credit : Vicent Cucarella Tormo