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Biography

Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician, deemed a 'Rising Star' by BBC Music Magazine and a 'New Talent' by the BIME Equity Awards 2022. She also received the American Classical Young Musician Award 2022 in Washington D.C. (USA). Laura is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she was 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 a reviewer for the NIME International Conference.

Laura has been a musician in residence in the UK (BCMG: NEXT Scheme 2018-2019) and Canada (Laurier University 2017, Banff Centre 2019), the latter generously supported with the Cyril and Elizabeth Challice Fund for Musicians Award.

 

Her second solo album Nimbus (2021, Seed Music) was sponsored by 190 patrons from 25 countries across the 5 continents. Nimbus was awarded 11 prizes in the USA (Los Angeles, San Diego, New York) and Spain, including the Premi Talent Cambra 2021; and was also nominated as Best Classical & Contemporary Album at Premis Enderrock 2022. Her debut album The French Reverie (2018) was crowdfunded by 208 patrons from 28 countries across 5 continents. Classical Music Magazine described it as 'a model for young artists making their recording debuts'. Laura toured with this album 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, UK, Singapore and Argentina. Her concerts have been programmed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre, Usina del Arte, Vital Fundazioa, Fundación Juan March, Palau de la Música Catalana, University Club of Montreal, Birmingham Hippodrome, Fundación Eutherpe, Ateneo de Madrid, Art Share LA, Packard Hall, Heller Center for Arts & Humanities, McAninch Arts Center, Spectrum, Gallery345, CBSO Centre, The Courtyard, Bulgaria Hall, Steinway Hall, V&A Museum, Britten Theatre, CosmoCaixa, MNAC and L’Auditori. She has been featured at festivals such as NAK, Dansàneu, FiraB, Toca'm Tortosa, Delicatessen Musiquem Lleida, Festival de piano ‘Abbaye de Saint-Savin et Vallée des Fresques’, Festival de Música ‘Ciudad de Chipiona’, 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, Francesc Prat, Yannick Mayaud and Jean-Bernard Matter. She has also performed side-by-side with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Court-Circuit and International Contemporary Ensemble. Her live performances have been broadcasted on France 3, France Musique, BBC Radio 3, Sveriges Radio P2 (Stockholm), RTVE, TV3, Canal 33, Radio Clásica, Catalunya Ràdio, Catalunya Música and UER (Euroradio Top Young Performers Series). She has also appeared on national and international media such as Brum Radio, Classic FM Radio, Bulgarian National Radio, Peruvian Radio Filarmonía, BBC Music Magazine, Classical Music Magazine, International Piano Magazine, American Radio KCME, RAC1, iCat and Cadena SER. She has been awarded prizes at competitions in Argentina, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, UK and USA. During 2017-2018, she 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, Nino Russell and Albert Sardà. She has given 20 world premieres and 32 national premieres of works written by Unsuk Chin, Philippe Manoury, David Lang, George Lewis, Dai Fujikura, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, 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 also commissioned and world-premiered 3 new Piano Concertos written by Feliu Gasull, Joel Järventausta and Angela Elizabeth Slater, the latter funded by Ambache Charitable Trust, PRS Foundation and RVW Trust. Her albums The French Reverie and Nimbus include 5 world-premiere recordings.

As a researcher, Laura specialised in music and mathematics, musical memory, performance psychology and the post-tonal repertoire. She has been a guest lecturer at Boston University, Colorado College, University of Colorado (Colorado Springs), University of Toronto, Chilean Fundación Teatro del Lago, Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona, Institut d'Estudis Vallencs, Casa Seat, Amics del Liceu, Ciencia en Acción and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Her articles have been published by Platea Magazine, Sul Ponticello and Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques.

Laura is also an active radio broadcaster and disseminator of music and mathematics. She is the director, scriptwriter and presenter of the shows La cinta de Möbius (Catalunya Música), which was awarded the Premi Matemàtiques i Societat 2023 (Institut d'Estudis Catalans) and nominated as Best Musical Show to Premis ARC 2022; and Musimáticas (Radio Clásica). She also collaborates with Spanish National Radio's shows De Pe a Pa (Pepa Fernández, Alfredo Laín) and Sinfonía de la mañana (Martín Llade). Additionally, she has arranged music for the Swedish choir Köörmit and sang in choir festivals in Germany, France and Russia. She has also worked with visual artist Gnomalab, 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.

 

Laura 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's and Master's 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, Rita Wagner, Mark Knoop, Cory Smythe, Ryan Muncy, Claire Chase, Malcolm Wilson, Ludovica Mosca, Nelly Ben-Or and the Arditti Quartet.​

Laura Farré Rozada

SELECTED AWARDS

La cinta de Möbius: Premi Matemàtiques i Societat 2023

Fundació Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer, Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Spain

3rd Place Winner 2023

American Music Talent Competition, USA

Brilliant Award 2023

7th Brilliant Talent Discovery Awards, Singapore

Nimbus: Best Album 2022

Petrichor International Music Competition, USA

3rd Prize Winner 2022

II International Music Competition Małopolska, Poland

2nd Prize Winner 2022

Second International Competition 'Music in the Vineyards', Serbia

2nd Place Winner 2022

Tenth International Competition Jean Sibelius Festival, Finland

Silver Medal 2022

WPTA Indonesia 2nd International Piano Competition, Indonesia

3rd Prize Winner 2022

Fundación Cultural Patagonia International Piano Competition, Argentina

1st Place Winner 2022

American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, USA

'Nuevo Talento' Award 2022

Premios Iberoamericanos BIME Equity, Spain

Golden Award 2022

WPTA Singapore 4th International Piano Competition, Singapore

3rd Place Winner 2022

American Classical Young Musician Award, USA

Bronze Award 2022

4th World Piano Teachers Association International Competition, Finland

3rd Place Winner 2022

American Music Talent Competition, USA

1st Prize Winner 2022

American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition, USA

1st Prize Winner 2022

"Golden Classical Music Awards" International Competition, USA

Nimbus: Premi Talent Cambra 'Música i Composició' 2021

Fundació Impulsa Talentum XXI-Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona, Spain

1st Prize Winner 2021

IMKA Music Competition, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nimbus: Silver Medals for emerging artist, creativity and originality 2021

Global Music Awards, USA

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

Music & Stars Awards, International Jury

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

'Exceptional' Distinction (94%) at the Master's 1st-year Final Recital 2017 

Royal College of Music, UK

High Commendation (10/10) at the Bachelor's Final Recital 2015 

Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), Spain

Best Performance of Scandinavian Music at the Choral Competition 2011 

Petrozavodsk State University, Russia

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

Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona (BRUC), Spain

*Full list of awards available here.

Laura Farré Rozada Fundación Juan March

DISCOGRAPHY

Nimbus (2021, Seed Music), solo piano.

Works by Jodlowski, Chin, Takemitsu, Guix, Ravel, Thorvaldsdóttir, Fujikura and Zhao.

The French Reverie (2018, Edicions Albert Moraleda), solo piano.

Works by Escaich, Messiaen, Manoury, Ben-Amots, Dutilleux, Järventausta and Djambazov.

Sueño Infinito (2013, PIAS), pianist, GentleMusicMen.

Amigos & Friends (2011, Warner Music), collaborative pianist, The Pinker Tones.

Saturday Morning Record Club (2011, PIAS), pianist, GentleMusicMen.

Something to begin with (2008), drums, backing vocals, composition and lyrics, Lady Lemon.

NOMINATIONS

La cinta de Möbius: Millor programa musical 2022

Premis ARC, Spain

Finalist: Arts & Culture Award of the Year 2022

Birmingham Awards, UK

Nimbus: Millor àlbum de clàssica i contemporània 2022

Premis Enderrock, Spain

Distinction 2021

I International Music Competition Małopolska, Poland

Finalist: Young Achiever of the Year 2021

Birmingham Awards, UK

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