Arnau Brichs is a composer, pianist and producer. The Barcelona-based artist creates music that explores a wide range of aesthetics: from intimate piano melodies to the expansive sounds of the orchestra. His classically-rooted music, always evolving in the stage as well as in the studio, integrates acoustic instruments with electronics, using both digital and analogue means.
He studied music composition with Rubens Askenar and Helen Grime at the Royal Academy of Music (London) as an ABRSM scholarship holder, graduating with a first-class honours. He has won national and international prizes like the "WCSMS 2019 Promising Young Composers Competition" (USA), the "Eric Coates Prize" (UK), among others.
An avid creative coder, he develops different software components for his own projects, many of which have been widely popular online. He is the founder of POLS Records, aimed at releasing new experimental electronic and classical music. The musical groups he has collaborated with include the Uusinta Ensemble (Time of Music Festival in Finland), the Locrian Chamber Players (NYC, USA), the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (Switzerland), the London Contemporary Soloists (performances in Istanbul and London), pianist Rolf Hind (Occupy the Pianos Festival), the Flying Carpet Festival (Kurdistan) or bassoonist Olivia Palmer-Baker.
He initially studied jazz with Marina Albero and Chano Domínguez and classical piano with Mireia Datzira at the IEA Oriol Martorell school in Barcelona. As a performer, he has appeared in venues like the Ateneu Barcelonès, Fundació Joan Miró (Festival Lluerna), CaixaForum Barcelona (Festival Microconcerts), UTOPIA 46 or the International Music Festival of Cadaqués.
Future events include the release of "Adventures of Resonance", a new piano and electronics album, as well as the premiere of the large orchestral work "Degrees of Presence", with the Orchestre national d’Ile-de-France in Paris.