lbert Palau, Young pianist from Valencia, begins his music studies at age 5, giving his first recital at 7. He does classical studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia, where he obtains the Professional Degree. At the same time, he begins getting interested by jazz, attending International Jazz Seminars in Valencia, with teachers suchs as Bruce Barth, Arturo O Farrill, Bernardo Sasetti, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Perico Sambeat, Mark Turner, Horacio “el Negro Hernández, Mike Mossman, etc. He is awarded a Jazz Composition Price at the International Jazz Seminar of 2001 in Valencia.
After this, he begins plarticipating in projects of spanish jazz musicians, such as Perico Sambeat Quartet, Vicent Espi Group, Jesus Santandreu, David Pastor, etc. In 2002 he moves to Barcelona to study at the Aula de Música Moderna i Jazz, where he graduates in 2004.
In 2003 Albert is awarded with a Scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, under the reccomendation of Perico Sambeat, studying with teachers such as Danilo Perez, Frank Carlberg, Ray Santisi, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, etc. He got selected top lay at the Berklee Scholarship Band and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, having the oportunity to play with artists like Dave Santoro, Joe Lovano, Greg Hopkins, Maria Schnaider, among others. In 2008 he obtains a Bachelor of Music Degree Summa Cum Laude in Performance.
He has moved his residence to Valencia from New York, where he lived for a year, studying with Sam Yahel and developing his own projects along with national and international musicians. Since then he has played professionally with artists such as Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Colin Stranahan, Ben Monder, Nelson Cascais, Greg Hopkins, Jorge Pardo, Maria Neckham, Andre Fernandes, Pete Robbins, Viktorija Pilatovik, etc, playing in the most important festivals and clubs of the country. In addition, he is a frequent collaborator of the Madrid Symphonic Band.
Albert has been recently awarded with the “Best Soloist” prize in the 2014 UJI Jazz Groups Contest. His last work, “La música de Miguel Asins Arbo”, does a review of the music for cinema of this spanish composer, doing contemporary arrangements for Jazz nonet. This Project has recently been recorded and will be published under Karonte Records. He is also a frequent colaborator in projects done by Berklee Valencia Faculty and Students, such as Victor Mendoza, Mariano Steimberg, Viktorija Pilatovic, Alexey Leon, Perico Sambeat, etc, with whom Albert has played and recorded.
- David Pastor “Stringworks” (2005)
- Jesus Santandreu “Sound Colors” (2008)
- Mateo Rived Quintet “tribute to Chet Baker” (2010)
- Elma Sambeat – Albert Palau “Vuelo de Mar” (2011)
- Thais Morell “Cancioneira” (2012)
- Carlos Llidó Septet “Camino Sanjuan” (2011)
- Sedajazz Big Band “Horn Flakes (2012)
- Vicent Espi “Dogs Sound” (2013)
- Banda Sinfónica de Madrid “Nuevos Vientos “ (2014)
- Thais Morell “Amaralina” (2015)
- Victor Jimenez “& Friends” (2015)
- Viktorija Pilatovik Quartet (2015), post-production
- Alexey Leon “Yoruba meets russia” (2015)
- Albert Palau Nonet “La música de Asins Arbó” (2015)
- Sebastián Laverde “Alma en Clave” (2015)
- Arturo Serra (2016), post-production
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