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Manuel Oltra Ferrer
He was born in Valencia on the 8th of February 1922, and moved that year to Barcelona. He started his musical studies at the age of 14 with the professor Josep Font Sabaté, continuing them intensively despite the typical difficulties of war times, his family move to Lleida in 1949, and his enrolment in the army in 1943.

The latter circumstance obliged him to move to Ceuta and threatened to disturb his career. Fortunately, the situation was quickly resolved when he obtained a position as teacher in the Conservatorio Hispano-Marroquí in Tetuán. Three years later, on finishing military service, he returned to Barcelona where he became fully involved in musical activities as a pianist, conductor and composer.
In 1957, he decided to formalize his studies at the Conservatorio Superior Municipal de Barcelona, where he was immediately offered a post as associate tutor. In 1969 he became a Professor teaching Counterpoint and Musical Form, and four years later was appointed vice-principal of the institution. He retired in 1987.

He has also taught at the Instituto de Rítmica Joan Llongueres, and he has been in charge of several workshops and masterclasses in a number of institutions; he has also been the musical director of many folk groups, such as the Coral C.E. de Terrassa, the Esbarts Montserrat and Montseny, Ballets de Catalunya, Esbart de l'Orfeó Gracienc, etc.

His production as a composer is large and varied, including a great variety of genres: chamber music pieces for several ensembles, symphonic works, choral pieces for choir "a cappella" or with instrumental accompaniment, and pieces for cobla from which the "Rhapsody for piano and cobla" (1953) stands out for its very unusual instrumentation. His harmonization of traditional songs and ballets forms a notale body of work.

In 1994 he received the National Prize for Music from the Generalitat de Catalunya in the area of compsition and the National Prize in Popular and Traditional Culture in the area of music.