Mallorquin Composer, Musician and Arranger

“Music comes to me. It is my life.” Joan Valent

Joan Valent is a composer, a musician and an arranger.

Mallorquin by birth, as a small boy he lived in Algaida. A child prodigy, he began playing the piano at four and was composing from the age of eleven. His first attempted arranging on Neil Diamond’s soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Joan’s musical education continued in Palma, Barcelona and Los Angeles where he studied classical composition, conducting and film scoring at UCLA.

In 1987 he premiered his first work Mort a la Paraula for piano, violin, clarinet and mezzo-soprano.

A piano and cello player, Joan is a symphonic composer and music arranger who scores major movies and conducts orchestras.

Joan has collaborated with many musicians from other genres including Tam Tam Go, Joan Manuel Serrat and David Byrne and scored movies for major directors such as Michael Douglas, Álex de la Iglesia, Antonio Chavarrías, and Agustí Villaronga.

Amongst his multiple prizes and honours, Joan has two Grammy Awards for his collaborations with Montserrat Caballé and is the only living Spanish signed to the German classical label, Deutsche Grammophon.

While most of his career takes place on a global stage, Joan is deeply involved with the island of Mallorca and has composed for both the government of the Balearic Islands and the Fundació Miró as well as acting as Artistic Director for the Pollenca Music Festival for five years.

Currently Joan is releasing Libro de Bitácora Poético (Poetic Logbook), his latest CD which is a musical journey of two worlds, one literary and one geographical. It is followed by a tour, which ends with a concert in Mallorca.
“The disc begins with the Ciaccona “Punta Campanella”, a place on the Amalfi coast, and where, according to the legend, Ulysses went up against the Sirens. There the trip begins, and each port we visit has orchestral variations of that first theme, ports where, in some way, have touched my life and have led me to write this music, this emotional journey. “Swansea” (Wales), is the place where Dylan Thomas was born, “Porto Cristo” (Mallorca) is where the only armed confrontation took place during the Spanish civil war, and where after a hard crossing of Mallorca by motorcycle, George Bernanos tries to rescue his son, who was fighting on the island. “Porto Antico” is a port in Genoa where Ramon Llull left for his last trip to Tunis to die ruined, just after writing his last work “Logica Nova”. “Puerto de las Nieves”, Gran Canaria, is the place of origin of the pianist Ivan Martin, a brilliant interpreter of that variation.

Of living in Mallorca Joan comments, “I’m really happy here. This is where the music for the CD came from.”