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Benet Casablancas, Catalan National Music Prize 2007

Benet Casablancas was born in Sabadell in 1956 and studied in Barcelona under Josep Soler and Antoni Ros-Marbà and later in Vienna under Friedrich Cerha and K.H. Füssl. Although he devotes a great deal of his time to working as a music educator, theorist and critic, it is accomplishments as a composer that have brought him his international reputation. His works have won awards in competitions around the world and are performed regularly by the most prestigious specialized orchestras and ensembles. Now his long career as a composer has been rewarded with the highest distinction conceded by the Catalan government in the field: the Premi Nacional de Música. Tritó has published five of Mr Casablancas' most recent works and will soon be releasing others, including the symphonic works The Dark Backward of Time, Intrada sobre el nom de Dalí and the impromptu for orchestra Alter Klang.