Mariona Camats, cello
Born in la Garriga (Barcelona) in 1997, Mariona Camats started playing the cello when she was six years old under the mastery of Anna Mora. She continued her studies with Lluís Claret and with Julius Berger in Leopold Mozart Zentrum from Augsburg University. She has won the first prize at several national competitions, as well as international: at the Flame Competition in Paris (2012), where she also won the “Grand Prix”-, at the International Vic Cello Festival Competition (2014) and at the Johannes-Andreas-Stein Wettbewerb (2016). She has also performed in Festival Pablo Casals 2017 in Prades, in several concerts in The International Holland Music Sessions, in the Supercello Festival 2018 in Beijing and in the Festival Emergents 2019 from L’Auditori de Barcelona, among others. As a soloist, she has performed together with the Jove Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, the Orquestra Camera Musicae, the JONC Filharmonia, the Bruckner Akademie Orchester and the Orquestra de Cambra de Granollers. She has played under the direction of Gilles Apap, Tomàs Grau, Manel Valdivieso, Jordi Mora, Guy van Waas and Joel Bardolet. In October 2016, she won the Pablo Casals International Scholarship, granted by the Pablo Casals Foundation. Until 2018, she played a cello made by Marc Laberte (1921) for Pablo Casals.
Mariona is artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel since 2019, under the tutelage of Gary Hoffman.