Resident Composer of the Festival
Antoni Parera Fons
Antoni Parera Fons was born in Manacor, Majorca. He first studied music at the Conservatory in Palma de Mallorca and then at
the Music College in Valencia. Later on he also studied piano with Rosa Sabater.
His early success as a singer and songwriter received national and international recognition with such well-known hits as "Les muntanyes", "Tot ja és mort", "T'estim i t'estimaré", etc. In later years, he combined his job as a record producer with his talent as a composer..
As one of the most respected Spanish record producers, he has made hundreds of recordings with many well-known performers, orchestras and conductors. Some of the most outstanding would include names such as Josep Carreras, Jaume Aragall, Joan Pons, Mª Dolores Pradera, Antoni Ros Marbà, Josep Pons, Víctor Pablo Pérez, ONE, OBC, and many, many more. He also was in charge of producing an anthology of Zarzuela which included historical recordings with such famous names as Alfredo Kraus, Plácido Domingo and María Bayo.
He has written over 250 works, many of which are songs or song cycles composed on commission from other performers. He has recorded his own works as well, but his compositions have been sung as well by such outstanding performers as José van Dam, Montserrat Caballé, Josep Carreras, Joan Pons, Núria Feliu, Mª Dolores Pradera, etc.
In the last few years, he has increasingly devoted more of his time to composing and has received many commissions to write not only symphonic music, opera, choral music and cantatas, but also orchestral songs and chamber music as well.
In 2016 Antoni Parera Fons has received the "Premio Nacional de Música" of the Spanish Ministry of Culture.