Born in Barcelona, Alfons Conde began at the city’s Conservatory his Piano and Harmony studies, which he would later alternate with Jazz studies at the Taller de Músics jazz school and private Harmony studies with Lluís Vergés. At the beginning of his career he also worked both as production assistant in Televisió de Catalunya and as a pianist/keyboardist on different bands and projects, such as Dagoll Dagom’s musical Flor de Nit. In 1994 he moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he obtained a diploma in Film Scoring at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Recognition in the field of composition includes: double finalist at the XX Concours International de Themes de Jazz de Monaco (1991), Prize awarded at the Concurs de Joves Compositors de la Generalitat de Catalunya (1993), Grant of the Private Music Schools Association (1996), Prize awarded at the SGAE Jazz Composition Competition, ASCAP Film Scoring Seminar graduate (Hollywood, 1998). Conde has written music for a diversity of ensembles -soloists, chamber, orchestra- as well as for TV, has collaborated in the soundtracks of the feature films The Phantom and The Stupids, and has been the orchestral proofreader for projects such as S. Spielberg´s Casper-The TV Series and Toonsylvania, and numerous Disney productions. He has composed the soundtrack for such films as the multi-awarded short Home Delivery (introduced by Guillermo del Toro), and the feature films Excuses! (Joel Joan), The Abandoned, (Nacho Cerdà), The Dark Hour (Elio Quiroga), The Beckoning (No-Do) (Elio Quiroga) or Viento en Contra (Walter Doehner), and has also worked as an arranger or orchestrator on projects such as La Novia (Paula Ortiz) or La Mosquitera (Agustí Vila). On Advertising he has worked with many agencies worldwide, in a variety of music styles and as a sound designer, since 1997. Concert music is also an important part of Conde’s career. On the 2007 season, the NY-based prestigious chamber ensemble Emerson String Quartet premiered his “Color Of Time” String Quartet n. 1 in Valladolid, reprogrammed at Barcelona’s Palau de la Música in 2008. Aside from the professional field, Conde has always had a special interest in teaching. He started a film scoring class at the Taller de Musics de Barcelona in the early 2000s, and has ever since taught several workshops and seminars on the subject. He is currently a guest professor at the Máster de Música de Cine in Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), and a full time professor at the Scoring for Film Television and Video Games Master in Berklee Valencia, where he teaches orchestration and composition. Alfons has a BA in Modern Music from ESMUC, and a PhD in Composition from Royal Holloway, University of London.
I believe that if you have a love for music it is impossible you can hold your tears listening to Rachmaninoff‘s Second Symphony, repress euphoria at the beginning of Star Wars, or not groove to Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean. But even if those are not one’s cup of tea, I am convinced that, to everyone, emotion is what makes music the powerhouse art form we revere. And emotion goes hand in hand with elegance and uniqueness. I think that is what a composer should strive for.