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Salvador Brotons was born in Barcelona into a family of musicians. He studied the flute with his father and continued his studies at the Conservatori Superior de Música de Barcelona, where he obtained advanced qualifications in flute, composition and orchestral conducting. In 1985 he was awarded a Fullbright scholarship and moved to the United States, where he took a Doctorate in Music at Florida State University. As a composer, he has written more than 130 works, mainly for orchestra and chamber orchestra. He has received sixteen prizes for composition, including the Premio Nacional de España (1977) for his Quatre peces per a cordes, the Premi Jove d’Or (1980) and the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona for his Primera simfonia and for Absències for narrator and orchestra (1986), the Southeastern Composers League Prize for his Sinfonietta da camera (1986), the Flute Choir Composition Award from Madison University (1987) for his Suite de flautes and the Reina Sofía Prize (1991) for the work Virtus for orchestra. He has also had numerous commissions and several of his works have been recorded and released on CDs in Europe and the United States for labels such as EMI, Auvidis, Albany Records, Naxos, Claus and RNE. He has been music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (WA) since 1991. He was also music director of the Vallès Symphony Orchestra (1997–2002) and the Balearics Symphony Orchestra in Palma de Mallorca (1998–2001; 2009–2013). In 2002 he received the Florida State University Alumni Award for his professional achievements. He currently combines a busy schedule as a conductor and composer. Since September 2008 he has been music director of the of the Barcelona Symphonic Band (Banda Municipal de Barcelona, BMB).

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