Francisco Coll (b. Valencia, 1985) studied at the Valencia and Madrid Conservatoires before moving to London as a private pupil of Thomas Adès (his only pupil to date).
His orchestral overture Hidd’n Blue, composed for the London Symphony Orchestra, has since been taken up across Europe, including performances with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, SWR Sinfoniorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Coll’s music has received the advocacy of some of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Luxembourg Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In March 2014 his chamber opera Café Kafka (a co-commission from Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and the Linbury Studio – Royal Opera House) premiered to great acclaim: ‘This could be a classic’ wrote The Independent, ‘Coll is a major talent’ wrote BBC Music Magazine. Coll’s transcription of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder for Ensemble Intercontemporain premiered at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam in October 2015, and he made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 with the London premiere of his Four Iberian Miniatures for violin chamber orchestra.
Future projects include a Harpsichord Concerto for Mahan Esfahani and the Britten Sinfonia and a Concerto Grosso for the Cuarteto Casals and the Orquesta Nacional de España.
Read an interview with Francisco Coll here
This composer has been commissioned to write ORA a work for release in 2018.