BIOGRAPHY

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Roger Morelló Ros (b. Catalonia 1993) is a committed, expressive and very imaginative cellist, with great ability to connect with others that makes him a channel of communication that unites creator, creation and audience. He signs off musical performances that give off passion, authenticity and spontaneity that address both the public and programmers across Europe, in concert halls such as Philarmonie Berlin, Palau de la Música Catalana, Pau Casals Auditorium, or La Pedrera/Casa Milà (Gaudí’s building in Barcelona), where he was an Artist in Residence during the 2018-19 season. Besides he has been invited to festivals such as Verbier Festival, Düsseldorf Festival, Orpheo Music Festival, Rheinhessen Musikfestival, Euregio Musikfestival, Musethica International Chamber Music Festival Berlin, Aurora Winter Classic Festival, Echo Festival, MozArte Festival, Bochum Fokus Festival, Impressions Classic Festival, and has played with well known professors from the Universities of Berlin, Cologne, Weimar, Vienna, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Madrid and with members of the Michelangelo String Quartet and Artemis Quartet.

As a soloist, he has performed many times well-known Concertos by Vivaldi, C.P.E. Bach, Haydn (No. 1, No. 2, Sinfonia Concertante), Bruch, Saint-Saëns, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, among others, with orchestras like the Babylon Orchestra Berlin, Studio-Orchester Duisburg, Musikalische Akademie Burscheid, Sinfonie Orchester Tempelhof, Händel Orchestra, Sabadell Chamber Orchestra, Mainzer Medizinerorchester, Corelli Orchestra, Zehlendorfer Kammerorchester, Youth Orchestra of Cerdanyola.

Furthermore, he has obtained numerous prizes in national and international competitions such as Gustav Mahler Prize (1st prize), Brigitte-Kempen Wettbewerb (1st prize), Manhattan International Music Competition (silver medal), Chamber Music Competition of the Cologne Music University (1st prize), The North International Music Competition (1st prize), and International Music Competition Berlin 2017 (2nd prize), among many others.

 

Roger covers a wide range of repertoire: from baroque to contemporary music. His commitment to contemporary music is exemplified by his collaborations with many composers, who have written and dedicated several works to him, as well as the substantial number of premieres he has performed by composers such as Elisenda Fábregas,  Marc Migó, Joan Magrané, Johannes Schöllhorn, Francisco Goldschmidt, Albert Sardà, Benoit Granier, Marilyn Bliss, Rain Worthington, Debra Kaye and Victoria Bond among others.

 

Roger Morelló initially studied in Spain with Carolina Pineda (Xilòfon Reus & EMMS Salou), David Blay (Conservatorium Vila-seca), Damian Martínez (Musikene - High Music School of the Basque Country) and then moved to Germany to do a Master and a Soloist-Diploma with Maria Kliegel at the University of Music in Cologne, finishing with honors and with the financial support of the Humboldt Foundation, Deutschslandstipendium and the Güell Scholarship.

Other relevant personalities in his artistic development have been Marta Casals, Anthony Spiri, Harald Schoneweg, Benedicte Palko, Andoni Mercero and Megumi Hashiba. He has also received masterclasses from Steven Isserlis, Frans Helmerson and Cuarteto Casals, among others.

 

Roger is an Honorary Member of Une Clé de Sol pour une Étoile, an organization that works on behalf of disadvantaged children through music, and is also a member of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, which includes playing social concerts. He has been a fellow of the New York Woman Composers Association, the Deutscher-Musikrat, the GVL-Neustart, the NRW-Künstlerstipendium, the W. Richard - Dr. Dörken Stiftung and was the winner of a Hezekiah Wardwell Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Furthermore, his performances are often broadcasted by the National Radio of Spain, Catalan Radio, SWR, and by the BBC.

 

With his desire to appeal to a wider audience, the album Schumann goes Tango was released with pianist Alica Koyama Müller by Austrian Gramophone in early 2022. He has been Artistic Director of the Festival Bach to Basics (2021) in Málaga, which culminated in a CD recording. Future engagements include an invitation to the Verbier Festival 2022, a CD production as a soloist with the Babylon Orchestra from Berlin, a cello-solo Album recorded by German radio Südwestrundfunk (SWR) with the support of Pau Casals Foundation and Deutscher Musikrat, and another chamber music CD published by NAXOS; he also will have debut in Taiwan, Czech Republic and performances as a soloist in Spain and Germany.

To achieve the best interpretations, Morelló brings together his physical, mental and emotional abilities and uses the technique consciously with the combination of methodology and effort as a vehicle to sing the music with the intonation it needs, with the colors that best suit it and with the most authentic expression. This way, the excitement on the stage with Morelló is moved from the bow of the instrument to the senses of the audience. The communion created by his music and the explosion of colours that he ignites, makes him a powerful vehicle that gives voice to composers and their creation to transfigure souls and arouse the curiosity and empathy of the audience and those young interpreters who faithfully follow in his footsteps.

Roger Morelló plays an Andreas Castagneri (1743) and a modern bow by Montse Solé (2021).