COR INFANTIL AMICS DE LA UNIÓ
The Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió is formed by young singers aged from 12 to 17. It is one of the best Spanish children choirs, known by the quality, eclecticism and uniqueness of their productions. The choir has performed and produced children’s operas, school and family concerts, musicals, concerts with choreographies and dramaturgy, and productions which aim to present vocal music in an original and exciting way. Since its foundation in 1996, the choir has been conducted by Josep Vila Jover, and has also worked with renowned conductors such as Christian Grube, Francesc Guillén, Òscar Boada, Manel Valdivieso, José Luis Basso, Antoni Ros Marbà, Pablo González and Jordi Savall, among others. All children in the choir take voice lessons with teachers Maria Illa, Alba Ballús, Júlia Sesé and Jordi Casanova.
RECENT PRIZES 2013: Let the Peoples Sing! EBU contest. Best Youth Choir and Silver Rose Bowl YEAH! Music Awards nomination, 59 Certamen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia de Torrevieja. Best spanish choir prize and Audience prize.
The choir has recorded several CDs and has participated in different International Festivals in France, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Poland, Luxembourg and Catalonia.
JOSEP VILA JOVER, conductor
Josep Vila Jover studied choral conducting with Enric Ribó, Conxita Garcia and Christian Grube. He is the artistic director of the Societat Coral Amics de la Unió, a prestigious choir school in Granollers (Catalonia) with more than six hundred students and ten active choirs.
Into this institution he conducts the Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió, com-posed by 60 white voices aged between 11 and 17; and the Cor de Cambra de Granollers, a mixed choir of 40 members.
With these two choirs he performs regularly in the seasons of Teatre Auditori de Granollers, Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona Auditorium and the Gran Teatre del Liceu Opera House collaborating with renowned conductors such as Robert King, Manel Valdivieso, Alvaro Albiach, Jordi Savall, Pablo Gonzalez and Rubén Gimeno. He also performs every season different concerts throughout Europe with the choirs.
He is regularly invited as a conductor in workshops and festivals of choral singing and among the latter it’s included the Europa Cantat 2015 festival in Pécs (Hungary).