“Quite apart from Alabau’s mastery of the instrument, what shone throughout his performance was his integrity: he was completely immersed in everything he played, never once using his command as a vehicle for anything other than the communication of the music to his audience.”
(Callum Ross – Wigmore Hall 2014)
Born in Barcelona in 1988 to a family of musicians. Oscar Alabau began his musical career at the age of three with his father Joaquim Alabau. Later on was accepted at the “Oriol Martorell” (integrated music school in Catalonia), where he studied with Josep Pazos. In 2004, won a place at the Liceo Conservatorio Superior where he studied with Amparo Lacruz and since 2007 with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Other strong influences in his musical development have been Ralf Gothoni in Madrid and Lluís Claret in Barcelona.
During his studies Oscar has won numerous prizes and awards in national and international competitions such as the Young Spanish Music Competition of Sant Cugat, International Competition Mirabent I Magrans in Sitges, International String Competition of the Corts with also the special Concert Price, XII “Cambra de Barcelona” Competition, INJUVE Competition, Arjau Competition and recently winner of the 2nd Price at the Primer Palau Competition 2013 at the Palace of Catalan Music, 1st Price at the International Competition of JM Vinaros, 2nd Price at the Guilhermina Suggia Cello Competition in London and selected for the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform Scheme.
Oscar has been coached and participated in master classes with Ralph Kirshbaum, Ivan Moniguetti, Lluis Claret, Marçal Cervera, Wenn Sin-Yang, Steven Doane, Colin Carr, Zuill Bailey, Antonio Menéses, Timothy Eddy, Richard Aaron, Asier Polo, Alexander Bailey, etc. He has also participated in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, London City festival, Internacional Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, Festival de Segovia, Jimena, Fòrum Artium-Osnabruck, Heifetz Institute, Encuentro y Academia de Música de Santander 2011-13, etc. Recently have been invited to the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad where he will perform several concerts with pianist Caroline Haffner.
Furthermore, as a soloist and chamber musician has performed in venues such as the Barbican Hall, Kings Place, “Palau de la Musica Catalana” in Catalonia, Drapeers Hall, Palazzo Grimani-Marcello in Venice, Argenta Hall in Santander, “La Pedrera” (Gaudi’s masterpiece, Barcelona). Recent highlights include the performance of the E. Elgar Cello Concerto in St. John’s Smith Square in London, P. L. Tchaikovsky Variations Rococo with the Camerata XXI Simphony Orchestra at the Pau Casals Auditorium and recitals all around Spain and the UK. In addition, he has been broadcasted in live concerts by “Catalunya Música”, TV3, CR and BTV among others. A founding member of the Trio Satz, Oscar is an enthusiastic chamber musician and enjoys appearances with numerous musicians including Janine Jansen, Wolfram Christ, Levon Chilinguirian, Eldar Nebolsin, Tobias Gossman, Antonio Menesses and Princess Caroline Murat.
During his studies in London, Oscar has also been awarded the Craxton Memorial Trust Award, MBF String Award, Wolfson Award, AIE Award, for three years the Pau Casals Award and during seven years the scholarship of “Generalitat de Catalunya” (Spanish Government). Recently, he has won the Allcard Award from the “Worshipful Company of Musicians”, the Award from ‘Juventudes Musicales de Madrid’ and the MBF Postgraduate Performance Award 2013.
Oscar is extremely grateful for the continued and generous suport of the Guildhall Trust, Worshpfull Company of Musicians and Musicians Benevolent Fund. Oscar Alabau plays a Camillus Camilli cello fecit Mantua 1745 lent by Mss. Ursula Herman and a fine Lafleur School Cello Bow lent by London Brompton’s.