Joan Magrané Figuera is a Catalan composer. He received his first composition lessons from Ramon Humet and subsequently studied at ESMUC (Barcelona) with Agustí Charles, at the Kunstuniversität (Graz) with Beat Furrer, and at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse (Paris) with Stefano Gervasoni. He was lauréat of the Villa Medici in Rome, member of the Casa Velázquez in Madrid, resident at Faber in Olot and composer in residence at La Pedrera in Barcelona. Magrané has been awarded several international awards, including the XXXI Queen Sophia Composition Prize – Fundació de Música Ferrer Salat. Poetic and artistic references are crucial in his creative process; as well as the music of Josquin Desprez, Orlando di Lasso and Claudio Monteverdi. Magrané sees the arts as a refuge, a humanistic counterbalance to the banality of everyday life.