He started his studies at the Superior Music Conservatory of the Lyceum of Barcelona, where he got his Advanced Degree in Piano and his Degree in Chamber Music.
Afterwards, he collaborated with Eulàlia Solé and he met several important figures such as Bruno Canino and Maria Curcio, a fact that definitely made him opt for the musical profession.
In 1982 he took first prize at the Young Performers Competition awarded by the Juventudes Musicales de Catalunya. Two years later he was awarded a scholarship by this very institution to further his studies with Maria Curcio, at the Campus Internacional de Torroella de Montgrí at first and in London later on.
In 1995 he met Maria João Pires, who would help him from that moment on to better define his own means to make music be closer to the public at large.
Both as a soloist and as a member of chamber music ensembles, Emili Brugalla has been a performer at the major concert halls in Spain in the framework of the most renowned events such as the Festival Internacional de Música of Granada, the Festival de Peralada, the International Festival in Torroella de Montgrí, the Santander International Festival, Festival Pau Casals in El Vendrell, the San Sebastian Musical Fortnight and at the National Auditorium in Madrid.
Likewise, he has performed in different countries: at the Cagliari International Music Festival in Italy, in France at the En blanc et noir-France Musique, in Belgium at the Ars Musica, and Germany, Brazil, in Central Amercia and in the Middle East.
Emili Brugalla’s repertoire shows his lively feelings, which made him be interested in contemporary creation at first and in classical composers afterwards, however keeping contemporary music always in mind. His commitment to contemporary music can be seen in many activities: composition and electroacoustic techniques studies at the Phonos Foundation in Barcelona, contemporary piano studies with Eulàlia Solé and, afterwards, in Paris with Claude Helffer, contemporary composers premieres and several performances at the Young Composers National Festival. He received the recognition he deserved in this field in 1989, when he was awarded the Special Prize for the Best Contemporary Catalan Music Performer by the Catalan Composers Association.
In 1997 he played as a soloist, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia, the Concert Ibèric, by Manuel Blancafort, a piece he has critically revised for the music publishing company Boileau. He has also been the soloist for the Orquestra Nacional de Cambra de Andorra with his performance of Shostakovich’s piano concerto no. 1 and for the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès with the previously unreleased recording of “Variations for Piano and Orchestra” by Joaquim Serra (record company: Marco Polo).
He has been a regular collaborator with chamber music ensembles such as the Instrumental Ensemble Barcelona 216 and the soloists of the National Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia(OBC) and, since 1998, one of the founder members of Trio Kandinsky.
His recordings include pieces from the 20th century Catalan compositions for solo piano, the whole pieces of the Danzas Españolas and other works by Enrique Granados for the “La Mà de Guido” record company and chamber music pieces by Robert Gerhard, together with Barcelona 216, for the Stradivarius record company; these recordings have been acclaimed by critics worldwide.
He teaches chamber music at the Superior Music Conservatory of the Lyceum of Barcelona.