elisenda-fabregasCatalan/American composer Elisenda Fábregas is based in Seoul, South Korea, where she is an Invited professor of music at Kyung-Hee University Humanitas College. She holds doctorates from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in music composition (2011), and from Columbia University Teachers College in education (1992); she also received a Masters and Bachelors in piano performance from The Juilliard School (1983). Before coming to the US, she completed the highest studies as a pianist in Barcelona.  During her early career, Elisenda performed as a pianist throughout Europe and the US, including a Carnegie Recital Hall debut in New York. These experiences as a performer and the training involved ultimately propelled her towards musical composition.



A second performance of Accents Catalans (2016), a Symphonic overture based on Catalonian folk, will be performed by the Bucheon Philharmonic with Maestro Youngmin Park in Bucheon Citizen’s Hall on September 30, 2016, 7:30 pm.   Accents Catalans (‘Catalan accents’), a Symphonic overture based on Catalan folk commissioned by the Bucheon Philharmonic of South Korea and Maestro Youngmin Park,  was premiered to an enthusiastic audience at the Concert Hall of the Seoul Arts Center during the Orchestra Festival Series on April 10, 2016. (Video of premiere of Accents Catalans at SAC.)

[Check Maestro Park’s new CD on SONY Records featuring Mahler’s 6th Symphony!]

This June, Elisenda’s Symphony #1 for Symphonic Band was recorded for Naxos by the Banda Municipal de Barcelona with maestro Salvador Brotons. On July 15, two movements of the Symphony were performed at the annual summer concert at the Plaça del Rei in Barcelona.

The Ensemble La Mer et L’île has commissioned Blue and black for piano quartet to raise awareness of Dokdo Island and the East Sea to be performed next year.  On May 12, 2016, this ensemble performed Voces de mi tierra for violin, cello & piano in Ulleung Island and at IBK Hall, Seoul Arts Center on June 3.  La Mer et L’Ile is non-profit organization
composed of renowned artists and scholars.
This foundation aims, among others, to raise awareness of Dokdo Island and the East Sea through
music, art, dance, litterature and other scholarly works.

Wandering Spirit (2013) for violin and piano was recently performed several times in Barcelona by Heriberto Fonseca, violin, and Keiko Ueno, piano, at the Museu National d’Art de Cataluña (MNAC) (July 2, 2016), at Puig Pianos (June 27 ), and at Sole Luthiers (April 30).

On May 27 pianist Jinha Park performed Homenatge a Mompou in Kumho Art Hall  in Seoul along with piano works by Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann. Homenatge a Mompou was premiered in 2006 by Dutch pianist Marcel Worms and was written as an homage to Catalonian composer Federico Mompou.  The score is available from the publisher Friedrich Hofmeister.

Pianist Mijung Im performed Mirage for piano at her Korean  tour this spring, including her recital at IBK Hall at the Seoul Arts Center on March 29, 2016, 8 pm.  Other locations included Mokpo National University, Concert Hall, on March 22, 5PM; Geochang Concert House Inc. on March 23, 7;30PM; Wonju Space Sammu, on April 2, 7;30PM; and Busan Cinema Center, Haneulyeon Theater on  April 7, 7:30 PM. (Her recital also included works by Phillip Glass, W. L. Gillock, and  Piazzolla.  In 1998, Mijung Im premiered Mirage at Merkin Hall in New York City after winning the Gold Medal at the San Antonio International Piano Competition in 1997 where Mirage was the commissioned work.