Born in Catalunya in 1967 and also a Colombian citizen since 2011, Moisès Bertran i Ventejo holds the degrees of Piano; Solfeggio and Theory; and Composition from the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu de Barcelona. He has also earned the degrees of Master in Music and Doctor in Musical Arts from The Hartt School (University of Hartford-USA). His main teachers have been Salvador Pueyo and James Sellars for composition, and Maria Jesús Crespo and Luiz de Moura Castro for piano performance.
Recipient of several international prizes, he has taught piano, theory, analysis, orchestration and composition in Spain as well as in the USA and in Colombia, working for several institutions as follows: Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu de Barcelona; The Hartt School – University of Hartford (USA) and Universidad EAFIT (Medellín, Colombia), being in this last one the Dean of the Music Department. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Dean of the Conservatorio de Música of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, where he currently is Tenure Professor in Composition with Exclusive Dedication.
His compositional output, nowadays with over 100 titles, ranges from piano solo works, chamber music, vocal music, opera, choir and symphonic pieces. In the past he revised and finished the Quintet for piano and strings op. 49 in g minor based on the surviving original manuscripts by Enric Granados, published by Editorial Boileau and recorded under the label COLUMNA MÚSICA [1CM0082-2001]. Also with this label he has issued three monographic CDs of his music entitled: Variacions i Fantasia [1CM0172-2007], music for piano solo, piano four hands and chamber music, being himself the pianist of the whole production; Suau, la teva veu [1CM0307-2012], a production on his Lied output, where he is also again the pianist; and together with performers Ala Voronkova and Guerassim Voronkov, Camins de vidre [1CM0403-2020], which contains chamber music with an emphasis on the violin and written mainly to the request of Ala Voronkova; it also features the first commercial recording of Six Preludes for piano. In the past April 2016, he launched another monographic CD with part of his symphonic music, together with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, featuring conductor Guerassim Voronkov, with whom in October 2017 premièred his first opera, 'The last day of Francisco Pizarro' at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and also at the prestigious South-American hall Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo.
He has recently started to compose music with traditional instruments. With traditional Korean instruments he has composed: Haebangchon Trio, for Haegeum, Daegeum and Gayageum; Imagined recollections, for Haegeum, Piri-Taepyongso, Piano and Percussion; and A Gimhae Fantasy, for Gayageum ensemble and two percussionists. Tres Instants en la Memòria is his contribution to repertoire for the Tenora (Catalan wind double-reed instrument) as a concertino for the instrument and symphonic orchestra.
From 2003 to 2008 he was the Director of the Semana Colombo-Catalana, festival of Colombian and Catalan contemporary music in Colombia sponsored principally by the Institut Ramon Llull (Catalunya), and the Colombian universities Universidad EAFIT and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He was elected member of the American Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda in 1994 and also member of the Associació Catalana de Compositors (ACC) since 1993. Clivis Publicacions, La Mà de Guido, Amalgama-Tritó, Dinsic Publicacions Musicals and Editorial Boileau publish his music. www.moisesbertran.com