The musical character of Bernat Vivancos (Barcelona, 1973) is impregnated by his experience as a choral scholar at the Monastery of Montserrat. Son of a profoundly musical family, after completing his studies in piano with Maria Canals and composition with David Padrós, he moved to Paris for five years to study composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse with Guy Reibel, Frédéric Durieux, Marc-André Dalvabie and Alain Louvier. The year 2000, in which he discovered the music of the Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen, was decisive in his career; he moved to Oslo to continue his studies, a decision that would mark his musical direction and subsequent work.
From then on, Vivancos’s style incorporates elements which make his work unique: music with a rich colouring of sound and texture, in which modal music of the Western tradition converges with a spiritual quality based on a harmonicity inspired by spectralism. These two essential aspects represent the strong influence of Nature on his work: nature as root, as earth, symbol of tradition, but also as a presence which shows itself invariably in the physical properties of sound.
Between 2007 and 2014 Vivancos was musical director of the choir school, L’Escolania de Montserrat, a post which he combined with his activity as teacher of composition and orchestration at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya).
In 2011 he published a selection of choral music in the double CD “Blanc” (Neu Records) recorded by the Latvian Radio Choir under the direction of Sigvards Klava, recipient of two prizes awarded by Catalan critics as the best recording of 2011. Here, with its limpid sounds and ecstatic harmonies of ascending structures and bursts of Nordic brightness, the music of Vivancos brings together faith, sensuality and beauty.
Vivancos has a wide repertoire of vocal and instrumental music, with particular attention on the production of orchestral music, and he receives commissions from numerous international ensembles.