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Short bio

Raquel García-Tomás (b. 1984) is a composer specialising in interdisciplinary creation who completed her Doctorate at the Royal College of Music.

In 2020, she received the National Award of Music (Spain) “for the interdisciplinary, innovative, and daring nature of a distinctive and unique compositional language.” In 2017, Raquel was awarded El Ojo Crítico de Música Clásica 2017, granted by RTVE (Spanish Radio and Television Corporation) “for the originality of her artistic approaches and the use and combination of her musical language with new technologies and video creation.”

Her music has been performed in venues such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid,

L'Auditori de Barcelona, Palau de la Música Catalana, Wigmore Hall in London, Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Het Concertgebouw, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konserthuset in Stockholm, Müpa Budapest, or the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, among others.

 

In 2019, she premiered the opera buffa 'Je Suis Narcissiste' (libretto by H. Tornero and stage direction by M. Pazos), within the seasons of the Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro Español, and the Teatre Lliure de Barcelona. The International Opera Awards nominated this opera as Best World Premiere. Recently, Raquel premiered 'Alexina B.' in the 2022/23 season at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. This opera, created with librettist Irène Gayraud and stage director Marta Pazos, was awarded the Leonardo Grant of the BBVA Foundation and nominated for the International Opera Awards as Best World Premiere.

Education

2012 – 2018

Doctor of Music – Royal College of Music (London).

2010 – 2012

Master of Music – Royal College of Music (London).

2005 – 2010

Bachelor’s degree in Music (Composition) – Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.

Awards

  • Castafiore Award – Premis Núvol 2023

  • Amics del Liceu Awards 2022/23 – Special mention of the jury for 'Alexina B.'

  • Premio Nacional de Música 2020 (National Award of Music, Governement of Spain).

  • Leonardo Grant 2020 – BBVA Foundation

  • Alicia Awards 2019 (Catalan Academy of Music) in the category "Interdiscipline" for 'Je Suis Narcissiste'

  • Amics del Liceu Awards 2018/19 – Special mention from the jury for 'Je Suis Narcissiste'

  • Ópera XXI Awards – for the World premiere of 'Je suis narcissiste' by Raquel García-Tomás.

  • El Ojo Crítico de Música Clásica 2017 Award, Radio Televisión Española.

  • Robert McFadzean Whyte Award (Doctorate - RCM, London)

  • The Major Van Someren Godfrey Memorial Award (Doctorate - RCM, London)

  • Berliner Opernpreis 2014, Neuköllner Oper Berlin.

  • Neville Wathen Award (Doctorate - RCM, London)

  • Lucy Ann Jones Award (Doctorate - RCM, London)

  • Caja Madrid Foundation Grant 2012-2013 (Doctorate - RCM, London)

  • Caja Madrid Foundation Grant 2012-2013 (Master - RCM, London)

Selected nominations

  • Alicia Awards 2024 (Catalan Academy of Music) in the category "Authorship" for 'Alexina B.'

  • Alicia Awards 2024 in the category "Interdiscipline" for 'Alexina B.'

  • Alicia Awards 2024 in the category "Best Live performance" for 'Alexina B.'

  • Premios Max 2024 – Best Musical Composition for stage ('Alexina B.', 2023).

  • International Opera Awards 2023 – World Premiere ('Alexina B.', 2023).

  • International Opera Awards 2020 – World Premiere ('Je suis narcissiste', 2019).

  • Premios Max 2020 – Best Musical Composition for stage ('Je suis narcissiste', 2019).

  • Alicia Awards 2020 (Catalan Academy of Music) in the category "Authorship" for 'Je suis narcissiste'.

Press kit

Full bio in English

Biografía completa castellano

Biografia completa en català

Images

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