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 Technology in Musical Performance study group that organises the TiMP Symposium and has been 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.

 

Her debut album The French Reverie (2018) was 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, 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 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, Feliu Gasull, Rolf Hind, Josep Maria Guix, Angela Elizabeth Slater, Nino Russell, Yixuan Zhao and Albert Sardà. She has given 16 world premieres and 30 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 and Piyawat Louilarpprasert, among others. Laura has commissioned two new Piano Concertos written by Feliu Gasull and Angela Elizabeth Slater. The latter has been funded by Ambache Charitable Trust and PRS Foundation.

  

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 and the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She has been a collaborator at the Spanish National Radio, disseminating the connections between music and mathematics. 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.

Her second solo album Nimbus will be released in early 2021 with Catalan label Seed Music.

AWARDS

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

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

© 2020 Laura Farré Rozada

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