Salvador Brotons was born in Barcelona into a family of musicians. He studied flute with his father and continued his musical studies at the Barcelona Music Conservatory where he earned advanced degrees in flute, composition and conducting. In 1985 he won a Fulbright scholarship and moved to the US where he obtained a doctorate in music from the “Florida State University”.
As a composer, he has written more than 130 pieces, mostly orchestral and chamber works, and has won major composition awards, including the “Premio Orquesta Nacional de España” (1977), for his Cuatro Piezas para Cuerdas, the prize “Jove d’Or” (1980), the “Premio Ciutat de Barcelona” (in 1983 for his first symphony, and in 1986 for his piece Absències for narrator and orchestra), “SoutheasternComposers League Award” for his Sinfonietta da Camera (1986) “The Madison University Flute Choir Composition Award” (1987) for his Flute Suite and the “Premio Reina Sofia de Composición” (1991) for his piece Virtus for orchestra. He has also received many commissions.
Many of his works have been published and recorded inseveral CDs in Europe and in the US for labels such as Naxos, EMI, Auvidis, Naxos, Albany Records, Keys, Harmonia Mundi, RNE, etc.
In Spain he has been the music director and conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears “Ciutat de Palma” (1997-2001, 2009-2013) and the Orquestra Sinfónica del Vallés (1997-2002). Also in the US he has been the conductor and music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Washington State) since 1991 in front of which he has received the “Arts Council” award by the Clark County and the city of Vancouver and the Kiwanis Rose Award (2005). At present he is the conductor of the Barcelona Symphonic Band.
He has guest conducted orchestras internationally in countries like the US, Israel, France, Germany, China, Poland, South Korea, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia ….. and the most prestigious Spanish orchestras.
Currently he combines a busy schedule as a conductor and composer of a number of commissions of various genres. Since 2001 he is professor of composition and orchestra conducting at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC).