Biography

Biel Oliver "Torres" was born in Algaida in 1968. He started his music studies when he was ten at the Algaida Wind Band. Later, he studied at Palma Conservatory of Music with the teacher Pascual Martínez. He ended his Bachelor degree in 1990. He also got a degree in History and Geography from the UIB (the University of the Balearic Islands) (1990 – 1991). He studied the Master Degree of Music with the Professor Rafel Grimal (Liceu de Barcelona) getting the the diploma with merit (1994-1995). He improved his Clarinet skills with Joan Fenollar in Valencia (1996 - 2001). In 1999, he studied with Professor Bertram Egger at the KUG (Graz University of Arts), Austria. In summer 2001, he took an International Masterclass with Professor Alois Brandhofer at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria). A part from having studied Classical Music, he has also studied harmony with the guitarist Gabriel Rosales. He has been a clarinettist in different wind bands (Algaida, Ses Salines, Felanitx, Pollença, Llucmajor, Binissalem, Montuïri and Petra). He has also played with chamber bands such as a duet with the pianist Francisca Suau, the trio Da Camera 3 with the flutist Maria Àngela Riera and the pianist Maria Antònia Gomis, the wind quintet Opus 96 and the duet Duets a la Carta, with the clarinettist Pere Siguier. He has also given concerts for a soprano and a clarinettist with the soprano Maria Rosselló. He has worked as a music teacher at Llucmajor and Sineu Highschools (1993-2002). Since 2002, he has been a clarinettist at the Municipal Palma Wind Band. He has also taught at the Music Schools of Algaida, Llucmajor and Ses Salines. His interest for music has brought him to collaborate with other bands. With Delfí Mulet he has done musical arrangements for Biel Majoral's Band since 1992. Together, they have recorded some CDs. He has been the founder of Orquestrina d'Algaida. He has done arrangements for Campos, Esporles, Ses Salines wind bands and for Palma Wind band too. He and Delfí Mulet composed music for the theater shows Death Representation (directed by Jaume Falconer), Time, Time, Time (directed by Antoni Artigues) and some of the music in the dance show Little Dance. The Biel Majoral music arrangements done for the Algaida, Ses Salines and Felanitx wind bands in order to play with the singer Biel Majoral should also be highlighted. Those wind bands are conducted by Andreu Julià. As well as, the musical arrangements done for the show “Siau qui sou” written by Guillem d'Efak and played by the Manacor Wind Band conducted by Pere Siquier. That show counted on Biel Majoral, Bartomeu Mestre, Delfí Mulet and Maria Rosselló's collaboration. In 2012 he was awarded the Baltasar Moya for the best music composition by the Wind Band Federation and the Balearic Islands Music Associations. Composition is what he has just started doing. It is a new field that makes him take a childlike pleasure in discovering new worlds in the huge universe of music. His works are Little Dance, James the Second, Little Concert for Clarinet and Frenetic Opening among others. They have been interpreted by the Algaida, Ses Salines, Esporlos, Sant Llorenç, Son Servera and Manacor Wind Bands, and also by the Wind Band Federation and the Balearic Islands Music Associations as well as the Palma Wind Band.