Born in Barcelona, Octavi Rumbau recent work focuses on the search for new sound spaces of interaction between instrument and electronics, as well as to deepen into the malleability of musical time and its paradoxes.
His works have been performed in several festivals and venues in Europe & North America. He has been commissioned by Auditori de Barcelona, Fundació Tàpies, ME_MMIX, CrossingLines, Bcn216, Festival d’Òpera de Butxaca, Festival Mixtur/UMS ´n JIP, Duo Links, Rémi Durupt, Miguel-Ángel Lorente, etc. He has also collaborated, among others, with the Ensemble Multilatérale, Taller Sonoro, Ensemble Links, Funktion, Lorraine Orchestra, Balearic Orchestra, Alberto Menchén, Laurent Durupt, Jan Gerdes or Philippe Spiesser.
A pianist with a classical training, he started his studies of composition with Enric Palomar, Yoshihisa Taïra and Agustin Charles. Afterwards, he moved to Paris at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) where he got the degrees of Composition with Frédéric Durieux and Orchestration with Denis Cohen. He also attended the anual Cursus in musical computing at IRCAM.
He has received distinctions from the Frederic Mompou Composition Prize in 2005, the first Dolors Calvet i Prat Composition Prize in 2008, the Colegio de España and Instituto de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM) award in 2012, the aid for young creators of Fundació Phonos of Universitat Pompeu i Fabra in 2012 and the First Prize at the Berliner Opernpreis in 2013. He has also received the support by the Government of Catalonia & the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
Octavi Rumbau is currently professor of orchestration in Escola Superior d'Estudis Musicals Taller de Müsics of Barcelona (ESEM) & electroacoustic composition in the Higher Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Island.