Biography

Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician, deemed a 'Rising Star' by BBC Music Magazine. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she has been awarded a Midlands4Cities AHRC Doctoral Studentship. She is one of the founding members of the TiMP Symposium​a member of the Midlands Music Research Network and is a reviewer for the NIME International Conference.

Laura has successfully auditioned for and secured residencies such as the WRCMS 2017 in Canada, the BCMG: NEXT Scheme 2018/2019 and the Ensemble Evolution 2019 at the Banff Centre, the latter generously supported with the Cyril and Elizabeth Challice Fund for Musicians Award.

 

She has just released her second solo album Nimbus (2021) with Catalan label Seed Music. This was crowdfunded by 190 patrons from 25 countries across the 5 continents. Nimbus received 5 different awards, including the Grand Prix 'Crown of Stars' Best CD 2021 at the Music & Stars Awards, and has been awarded Best Classical Album for May 2021 by The Akademia Music Awards in Los Angeles. Her debut album The French Reverie (2018) was also crowdfunded by 208 patrons from 28 countries across the 5 continents. Phillipe Sommerich from Classical Music Magazine described it as 'a model for young artists making their recording debuts'. During a concert tour of more than 25 concerts, Laura has presented her project in 5 countries, including the cities of New York, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Francisco, Colorado Springs, Barcelona, Madrid, Girona, Sofia and London, among many others.

As a soloist, she has performed in Spain, France, Germany, Canada, USA, Bulgaria and the UK. Her concerts have been programmed in venues such as University Club of Montreal, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Place, Convent de Sant Clara, Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi, Fundación Eutherpe, Ateneo de Madrid, Art Share LA, Packard Hall, Heller Center for Arts & Humanities, McAninch Arts Center, Spectrum, Gallery345, Rolston Recital Hall, CBSO Centre, Bulgaria Hall, Steinway Hall, Southbank Centre, V&A Museum, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Britten Theatre, MNAC and L’Auditori. She has been featured at the Delicatessen Musiquem Lleida, Festival de piano ‘Abbaye de Saint-Savin et Vallée des Fresques’, XIII Festival de Música ‘Ciudad de Chipiona’, 2a Primavera Musical de Vistabella, Mostra de Piano dels segles XX i XXI, Oasis Musicale, Music Fridays @ Noon, UCCS Presents, Classically Alive Series, Sunset Music & Arts Concert Series, Flatpack Film Festival: Soundscreen and the ‘Ligeti in Wonderland’ Festival curated by Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Laura has worked with conductors Edmon Colomer, Timothy Lines, Jean Deroyer, Steven Schick, Tyshawn Sorey, Thomas Foskett-Barnes, Matthew Hardy, Tomàs Grau, Xavier Pagès-Corella and Jean-Bernard Matter. She has also performed side-by-side with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Court-Circuit and International Contemporary Ensemble. She has appeared on the national and international media such as France 3, France Musique, BBC Radio 3, Brum Radio, Classic FM Radio, Bulgarian National Radio, Peruvian Radio Filarmonía, BBC Music Magazine, Classical Music Magazine, TVE, TV3, Canal33, RNE, CatRadio, RAC1 and Cadena SER. She has been awarded prizes at competitions and was featured at the itinerary exposition 'D’ONES: Women’s (R)evolution in Music' commissioned by Enderrock Magazine.

 

Laura has worked with renowned composers including George Crumb, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Rebecca Saunders, Pierre Jodlowski, Márton Illés, Rolf Hind, Josep Maria Guix, Angela Elizabeth Slater, Nino Russell and Albert Sardà. She has given 18 world premieres and 31 national premieres of works written by Philippe Manoury, David Lang, George Lewis, Dai Fujikura, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Unsuk Chin, Vladimir Djambazov, Thierry Escaich, Ofer Ben-Amots, Tyshawn Sorey, Miya Masaoka, Alex Baranowski, José Martínez, Joel Järventausta, Lara Poe, Yixuan Zhao and Piyawat Louilarpprasert, among others. Laura commissioned and world-premiered two new Piano Concertos written by Feliu Gasull and Joel Järventausta. She has also commissioned a Piano Concerto from Angela Elizabeth Slater, which has been funded by Ambache Charitable Trust and PRS Foundation. This will be world-premiered in Winter 2022.

 

As a researcher, Laura is specialised in music and mathematics, musical memory and the piano repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has been a guest lecturer at Boston University, Colorado College, University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Chilean Fundación Teatro del Lago, Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona, Institut d'Estudis Vallencs, Casa Seat and Amics del Liceu. She has been a collaborator of radio shows De Pe a Pa and Sinfonía de la mañana at Spanish National Radio, disseminating the connections between music and mathematics. On the same topic, she also has her own radio shows La cinta de Möbius at Catalan National Radio and Musimáticas at Spanish National Radio. Due to her multiple interests and her training in other instruments, Laura has also engaged in several musical projects that involved her in arranging music for the Swedish choir Köörmit and singing in choir festivals in Germany, France and Russia. She has also worked with 2Faced Dance Company and dancers Jonathan Goddard, Vilma Tihilä and Jess Williams. She has performed and recorded for bands such as GentleMusicMen, The Pinker Tones and Love of Lesbian.

 

She completed her Master of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in London as an RCM Patrons’ Award Holder, where she received an 'Exceptional' Distinction (94%) for one of her final recitals. Previously, she graduated with Distinction from her Bachelor and Master piano studies with Jean-François Dichamp at the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC), and from her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). She obtained several Distinction Awards in all her studies.

 

Additionally, she extended her training with professors Jordi Vilaprinyó Del Perugia, Stanislav Pochekin, Mikhail Voskresensky, Felix Gottlieb, Konrad Elser, Boris Berman, Dmitri Alexeev, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Michel Béroff, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Alba Ventura, Albert Attenelle, Andrew Haigh, Albert Tarakanov, Natasa Sarcevic, Marcel Baudet, Mark Knoop, Cory Smythe, Claire Chase, Malcolm Wilson and Nelly Ben-Or.

AWARDS

Nimbus: Grand Prix 'Crown of Stars' Best CD 2021

Music & Stars Awards, International Jury

Nimbus: Best Piano Solo CD, Cover, Concept and Sound Editing 2021

Music & Stars Awards, International Jury

Nimbus: Best Classical Album Award May 2021

The Akademia Music Awards, USA

Angela Elizabeth Slater's Piano Concerto Commissioning Grant 2020

Ambache Charitable Trust, UK

Cyril and Elizabeth Challice Fund for Musicians Award 2019 

Banff Centre, Canada

Rising Star May 2019 

BBC Music Magazine, UK

Midlands4Cities AHRC Doctoral Studentship Award 2019-2023 

Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK

BCMG: NEXT Scheme 2018-2019

Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Switzerland-UK

RCM Patrons’ Award Holder 2017-2018

Royal College of Music, UK

High Commendation at the RCM Contemporary Competition 2017 

Royal College of Music, UK

High Commendation at the Bachelor Final Recital 2015 

ESMUC, Spain

High Commendation at the ‘Premis d’honor’ Competition 2011 

BRUC, Spain

Distinction Award Holder 2008-2009 

Dolors Mallafrè i Ros, Spain