Born 1977 in Barcelona.
He received his composition degree with Albert Sardà and his piano degree with Maria Jesús Crespo, both at the Conservatori Superior de Música Municipal de Barcelona (CSMMB).
He also studied conducting with Francesc Llongueres and analysis with Agustí Charles at the Superior Catalonia Music School (ESMUC), where he also attended composition classes with Helmut Lachenmann, Manuel Hidalgo, Walter Zimmermann and José M. López López.
In 2003, Josep Sanz i Quintana moved to Stuttgart to continue his studies in composition analysis with a focus on the last 30 years, and music electronics with Caspar Johannes Walter, Matthias Hermann and Marco Stroppa respectively.
He received a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2003-2005) and from the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Among others, he has attended courses in Darmstadt (2006) and Graz (2007) with Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Lang, Enno Poppe, Mark Andre, Adriana Hölzsky and Georges Aperghis. He attended master classes with Wolfgang Rihm, Jonathan Harvey, Fabio Nieder, Mario Garutti, Walter Zimmermann, Josep Soler and Joan Guinjoan, among others.
In 2005, Josep Sanz i Quintana was given the International Composition Award Joan Guinjoan and a third prize in the Neue Musik für Schülerorchester Award of Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart.
His works have been performed in Germany, France and Spain. His latest work premiered with the Trio Accanto at the CDMC season in Madrid. It has been chosen for the concert of chamber music to represent Catalan culture at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Next premieres include a new piece for the Neue Vokalsolisten and a piece for piano and orchestra for the SWR orchestra.