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”
From 1977 to 1985 he was principal flute of the Orquestra del Gran Teatro del Liceu de Barcelona and also a member of the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona (1981-1985).
As a composer he has written over 155 pieces, mostly orchestral and chamber Works, and has won major composition awards, including, “Premio Orquesta Nacional de España” (1977), por his Four Pieces for Strings, the prize “Jove d’Or” (1980), the “Premio Ciutat de Barcelona” (in 1983 for his First Symphony, and in 1986 his piece Absences for narrator and orchestra), “Southeastern Composers 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 of Composition (1991) for his work Virtus for orchestra. He has also received many commissions, among them the opera in two acts “Reverend Everyman” (Florida State University, 1989), Sonata da Concerto for trumpet and band (University of Wyoming, 1992), Conmemorative for orchestra (Orquesta RTVE, 1995), Concerto for flute and orchestra (Conferenza dil Mediterraneo, Sicilia-Italia, 1997), the opereta in two acts Abans del Silenci (Generalitat de Catalunya, 1998), Concerto for guitar and orchestra (Fundación Cervantes de Varsovia, 1999), Essentia Vitae (University of Arizona, 2000), the Septet Prada 1950 (Festival Pau Casals in Prada, France 2000), Ode to Verdaguer (Ayuntamiento de Vic 2001), the children’s opera The dream merchant (UNICEF 2002), the Concerto Trobadoresco for cello and orchestra (Eurocongrés 2000), Requiem Trio (Damocles Trio, 2004), Concerto for percussion and strings (Raanana Symphonette, 2005), Concerto for viola and strings (Festival Música Española, 2006), Intrépida for orchestra (Siemens, 2007), Missa Brevis (Cor Vivaldi, 2008), Concerto for oboe and orchestra (Grupo Enigma de Zaragoza, 2009), Three Nocturns alla Chopin (Consulado de Polonia en Barcelona, 2009) Symphony # 5 (Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona, Nacional de Catalunya, 2010), Ceremonial (Orquesta Nacional de España, 2011), Giravolts for solo flute (Asociación de Flautistas de España, 2012), Symphony # 6 (Concis3) (Lira Castellonera de Villanueva de Castellón, 2012), Symphony # 7 (Ausias March) (Lira Castellonera de Vallanueva de Castellón, 2019).
Many of his works have been published and various CDs have been recorded in Europe and in the US for labels such as Naxos, EMI, Auvidis, Albany Records, Keys, Harmonia Mundi, RNE, etc.
He was assistant conductor of the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra (1986-87), artistic director of the “Oregon Sinfonietta” (1990-93), “Mittleman Jewish Community Orchestra” (1989-1991), “Portland State University” orchestra (1987-1997), university where he also taught Counterpoint, Orchestra conducting, music literature and music history.
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) and the Barcelona Symphonic Band (2007-2018). In the US he has been the conductor and music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Washington State) since 1991 with which he received the “Arts Council” award by the Clark County and the city of Vancouver, and the Kiwanis Rose Award (2005).
He has been guest conductor of important international orchestras such in Checoslovaquia (Radio Praga), Germany (Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra), South Africa (National Symphony Orchestra), Israel (Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Raanana Symphonette, Kibbutz Orchesra), Italy (I Pomeriggi Musicali de Milan), Belgium (Orchestre des Guides), Uruguay (Filarmónica de Montevideo), Venezuela (Orquesta Simón Bolívar), Colombia (Orquesta Nacional), USA (Blue Lake Festival Orquestra; Columbia Symphony, York Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Seattle Philarmonic Orchestra) South Korea (Bucheon Symphony and Wonju Symphony) and the majority of orchestras in Spain.
Currently he combines a busy schedule as a conductor with the composition of numerous commissions of various genres. Since 2001 he has been professor of composition and orchestra conducting at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). He was the composer in residence of the Palau de la Música Catalana during the 2016-2017 season.