One of the things about being interested in choral music is that you often think "I wonder what that chorister is doing now". Particularly for cathedral choirs the level of musical professionalism is so high that it’s easy to forget that the singer is still a schoolboy or schoolgirl with years of schooling ahead of them before they even begin their lives and careers as adults. Once such chorister about whom I’ve wondered is Albert Cano, who sang and played both piano and organ at the famous Escolania de Montserrat. He’s now seventeen and from the videos of his performances made he was twelve and thirteen it was clear that he was going to go places. Now aged seventeen he’s studied at Manchester’s Chetham School and is currently studying in Los Angeles at the Colburn School. He returned to the Abbey at Montserrat for a visit and in the video below can see him play the piano and talk about how his time in the Escolania prepared him for what he’s doing now. It’s a fascinating and all too brief portrait of a very talented musician at the start of his career. The playlist I’ve embedded below consists of that video together with videos of him performing as twelve and thirteen year old schoolboy on piano and organ both as soloist and as accompanist. – The entire set takes only 23 minutes I promise you you’ll find it time well spent.
Playlist Source: Albert Cano Performances| Escolania de Montserrat- YouTube a video playlist on YouTube playlist set up by markfromireland. All videos copyright Escolania de Montserrat.
Last but assuredly not least Albert Cano Smit’s You Tube Channel is here:
his uploaded videos are here: