When he was 7, Oriol Saña’s grandfather enrolled him at a music school and from this moment on, he studied, played and taught the violin with a passion. During his studies he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music (United States); a certificate in higher studies in jazz at the Catalan conservatory; and a M.A. and Ph.D in Musicology and Music Teaching from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has studied with under Matt Glaser, Mimi Robson, John Blake, Darol Anger and Marc O’Connor.
Having worked as a professional violinist for more than 20 years, Oriol Saña has had a wide and varied national and international career, focussing mainly on modern music. He started his career in the modern jazz quartet “Virus String Quartet”, and with his group “Folkincats” he explored the roots of Manouche jazz, blended with traditional catalan music. He formed a duo with the classical music pianist and composer Albert Guinovart and duos in Manouche jazz style with Albert Bello and in Bluegrass style with the violinist Casey Driessen. In addition to his work in jazz and modern music, he plays in number of symphony orchestras as a classical musician. His different bands give him the opportunity to play in a lot of festivals and concerts all over Europe and the United States.
He has recorded over 50 CDs, some with renowned record labels such as Harmonia Mundi and Warner Brothers. He was also awarded the Max de las Artes Escénicas Prize for best musical director for the “Turn Me On” soundtrack, which the with “Virus String Quartet” performed with the David Campos ballet company; and he recorded and arranged the strings section for the “Balmoral” disc from Loquillo, a CD which was nominated for the Grammy Latino prize in 2008.
In addition to his work as a performer, Oriol Saña teaches at the Jazz and Modern Music Department of Superior Conservatory of Catalonia (ESMUC); at the Jazz and Modern Music Department of the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona, Spain); and at the Jazz Manouche Department of Hospitalet Music School (EMCA). He also coordinates the ESMUC Fiddle Congress.
Oriol Saña is one of the most active violinists of his generation. His dedication to music leads him to work in numerous fields which include modern and classical music; and which include playing, composition, teaching and musical research.