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Roc FARGAS

Roc Fargas, originally from Barcelona, studied Music at Cambridge University where he started conducting his own Anstieg Symphony Orchestra. He studied a masters in Historical Performance and Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is currently studying for a Concert Diploma in Orchestral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar under Nicolás Pasquet, Ekhart Wycik and Jürgen Puschbeck.

Fargas has conducted orchestras such as the Jena Philharmonic, Thüringen Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Weimar, Hradec Králové Philharmonic, Cardiff Sinfonietta, Ruse Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic and Orquestra Vigo 430 in Spain. He has assisted conductors such as Mark Elder, Gianandrea Noseda, Jac van Steen, Ludovic Morlot, Trevor Pinnock, Edward Gardner, Robert Treviño, John Wilson, Laurence Cummings, and Juanjo Mena who said that “Roc has provided invaluable assistance to me in terms of advising on balance and interpretation. He always seems to be thoroughly prepared, and to have a sound knowledge of the score”.

In 2018, Fargas was awarded the prestigious Banco Sabadell Foundation Scholarship and British Spanish Society Scholarship for Spanish students in the UK, as well as the Enlightenment Full Scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music. In collaboration with the Cervantes Institute, he premiered the restored danced pantomime El Corregidor y la Molinera by Manuel de Falla at St John’s Smith Square, London, and conducted the Spanish zarzuela El Trust de los Tenorios by José Serrano at the Royal Opera House of Mumbai, India. In 2021, he premiered the contemporary-folk opera María Soliña by Nacho Mañá with the Orquesta Vigo 430 in Spain. Most recently, he represented the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar in a trip to New York, conducting a joint contemporary music project with the Manhattan School of Music, where he premiered six new compositions.

As a singer and Baroque viola player, Fargas has performed with artists such as Simon Rattle, François-Xavier Roth, John Butt, Mark Albrecht, Rachel Podger, Masaaki Suzuki, Jane Glover and Philippe Herreweghe in all the major venues in the UK, as well as at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Paris Philharmonie.

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