Jordi Camell

Jordi Camell (Llorenç del Penedès, 1959) is a catalan pianist trained in Tarragona, Barcelona, Paris and London. His main teachers have been Carme Flexas, Miquel Farré and Maria Curcio. He’s an artist with a marked capacity for communication and clarity in his artistic presentation, specialized critics have always recognized his transparent and brilliant sound with a varied range of colors. Awarded in various competitions, in 1984 he obtained the “Diplôme Supérieur d’Execution” as “premier nommé” at the École Normale de Musique in Paris.

He has participated in concerts over Europe with the contemporary music ensembles Barcelona 216, Solistes d’Ibercàmera and the Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra. In 1992 it was presented during the Barcelona Ibercàmera season. In 2014, he performed in recital at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona the imposing piano sonata in F minor by Brahms. He has also performed as a soloist with Orchestra National Barcelona Catalonia, Vallès Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Chamber Philharmonic, Empordà-Llenguadoc-Roselló Symphony Orchestra, Ciudad de Granada Orchestra, Cobla Sant Jordi Ciutat de Barcelona etc., performing concertos for piano and orchestra by C. Schumann, Mozart, Shostakovich, Poulenc, Gershwin, Albéniz, Brahms, Grieg, etc. It has been directed, among others, by Bernhard Güeller, Salvador Brotons, Ernest Martínez-Izquierdo and Josep Pons.

He’s an alert musician open to all styles.  He has collaborated closely with Vicky Peña (Kurt Weill monograph) on a tour throughout Spain, with Cesc Gelabert (in the Preludis show) accompanying him in a live solo with works by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Mompou and Carles Santos who toured for three years in Spain, Europe and the USA, with Mario Gas (recital by Miguel Hernández), etc. He has recently performed with the soprano Ofèlia Sala to great acclaim from the public and critics.

He has published several albums. Between them,  World Premiere Recording the Integral for piano by Pau Casals (Ed. Columna Música, 2012), Chopin Variations commissioned by the Consulate of Poland in Barcelona (a CD with works by Mompou, Balada, Brotons, Amargós and Camel who have written pieces for piano on themes by Chopin, Columna Música, 2013), Before and after Iberia by Isaac Albéniz (Ed. Columna Música, 2009), the Integral for piano by Robert Gerhard and several Goyescas by E. Granados (Ed. Moraleda, 1994), Clarinet and piano duo with Josep Fuster (Anacrusi, 1998), Works by Ricard Viñes, Francis Poulenc and the Pictures from an exhibition by Modest Mussorgski (Ed. Discmedi, 1999), Binomis with the Cobla Sant Jordi (ed. Columna Música, 2008)… In September 2023, his album Where the City Ends came out (recorded in Paris with great acclaim from specialized critics) with his works for solo piano (Edited by Columna Música and produced by Francesco Tristano).

Jordi Camell develops in parallel an intense teaching activity and is often invited to be part of the jury in piano competitions. He’s a professor of piano and chamber music and coordinator of the master’s degree in piano at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). In recent years he has given concerts and master classes at Central Conservatory of Music, Piano Academy at Gulangyu, Xiamen (China), at Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (Poland), at Faculty of Arts in Nis (Serbia), in Gnessin Russian Academy of Music (Moscow), at West Virginia University (West Virginia, USA), at University of Kentucky School of Music (USA) and at the Academy of Music in Krakow.

Jordi Camell has never left aside everything that surrounds thought and literature. He’s the author of an essay on silence in Debussy (Passos en el silenci, Steps in the silence), a book that will be released in April 2024 (Ed. DINSIC, Barcelona). He is currently a PhD student at the University of Barcelona.