The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) have announced Francisco Coll as the inaugural recipient of their Composer Award.


In an interview with El País, Coll said: ‘I spend my life locked in my studio working – and to receive recognition like this is an immense dose of energy for me to move forward. One almost gets dizzy seeing one’s name next to such important musicians’.


The El País interview also includes details of Les Plaisirs Illuminés, a double concerto for Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta which will premiere in June as the culmination of Coll’s residency with Camerata Bern. Coll is also currently Composer in Residence to the Orquesta de Valencia and the SMR de Cuenca. Future projects include a second chamber opera and a Violin Concerto (also for Kopatchinskaja) co-commissioned by orchestras in the UK, Germany, Luxembourg, Holland and the USA.


Selected Forthcoming performances


Four Iberian Miniatures for violin and chamber orchestra
1.2.19, Theater Casino Zug; 3.2.19, Stadttheater, Bern, Switzerland: Patricia Kopatchinskaja/Camerata Bern


Mural for orchestra
1.2.19, Palau de la Música, Valencia, Spain: Orquesta de Valencia/Alexander Shelley


Hyperlude V for solo violin
23.4.19, Indianapolis, USA: Augustin Hadelich


Hidd'n Blue for orchestra
10.5.19, Palau de la Música, Valencia, Spain: Orquesta de Valencia/Ramon Tebar


Les Plaisirs Illuminés for violin, cello and chamber orchestra (World premiere)
7.6.19, Kloster St. Peter auf dem Schwarzwald, Sankt Peter; 8.6.19, Solsberg Festival, Olsberg, Germany; 16.6.19 Kursaal Bern, Switzerland: Camerata Bern/Patricia Kopatchinskaja/Sol Gabetta


Cantos for string quartet, Hyperludes for solo violin and Rizoma for violin and cello
14.6.19, Französische Kirche, Bern, Switzerland: Camerata Bern/Patricia Kopatchinskaja/Gilles Grimaître