Biography

Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician. She is currently a PhD student in performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, where she has been awarded a Midlands4Cities AHRC Doctoral Studentship.

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

 

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%) at her 1st-year MMus Recital. 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.

 

Laura recently published her first solo album The French Reverie, funded by 208 patrons from 28 countries across the 5 continents.

 

She has performed as a soloist in Spain, France, Germany, Canada, USA, Bulgaria and the UK, and has appeared on the main Catalan and Spanish media, Channel France 3, France Musique, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM Radio and the Bulgarian National Radio.

 

In 2018, Laura made her debut with Robert Gerhard’s Piano Concerto with Camerata 'Eduard Toldrà' conducted by Edmon Colomer. In the same year, she World-Premiered in London Joel Järventausta's Piano Concerto with the New Perspectives ensemble conducted by Timothy Lines, giving a second performance at the CBSO Centre. She has performed with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Ensemble Court-Circuit conducted by Jean Deroyer, and side-by-side with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. She has also worked with conductors such as Steven Schick, Tyshawn Sorey, Thomas Foskett-Barnes, Matthew Hardy, Tomàs Grau and Jean-Bernard Matter, among others.

She has worked with renown composers including George Crumb, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Rebecca Saunders, Márton Illés, Rolf Hind, Nino Russell and Albert Sardà. Additionally, Laura

has given 15 world premieres and 20 national premieres of works written by Philippe Manoury, David Lang, George Lewis, Dai Fujikura, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Vladimir Djambazov, Thierry Escaich, Ofer Ben-Amots, Tyshawn Sorey, Miya Masaoka, José Martínez, Joel Järventausta, Lara Poe, Lisa Atkinson, Layale Chaker, Gavin Stewart, Stella Fiorenzoli, Dani López, Ákos Lustyik, Piyawat Louilarpprasert, Karim Younis, Benjamin Heim, Bronwen McVeigh and Patrick McGraw.

 

Laura has participated in several masterclasses with professors Stanislav Pochekin, Mikhail Voskresensky, Felix Gottlieb, Konrad Elser, Boris Berman, Dmitri Alexeev, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Michel Béroff, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Andrew Haigh, Albert Tarakanov, Natasa Sarcevic, Marcel Baudet, Mark Knoop, Cory Smythe, Claire Chase, Malcolm Wilson and Nelly Ben-Or, among others.

 

As a researcher, she has written essays on music and mathematics and the piano repertoire of the 20th century. 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, singing in choir festivals in Germany, France and Russia, collaborating with dancers Jonathan Goddard, Vilma Tihilä and Jess Williams, and performing and recording for bands such as GentleMusicMen, The Pinker Tones and Love of Lesbian.

In 2017, Laura received a High Commendation from the jury (Mei Yi Foo and Tim Gill) at the RCM Contemporary Competition. Since April 2018, she has been featured at the itinerary exposition commissioned by Enderrock Magazine 'D’ONES: Women’s (R)evolution in Music' in several venues, including Palau Robert in Barcelona.

Future projects include the world premiere of several works by composers Sergi Ramis, Nino Russell, Nathanael Gubler, Lara Poe, Zacharias Wolfe, Piyawat Louilarpprasert, Alberto Jacopucci, and the concert tour of her new album, The French Reverie.

© 2019 Laura Farré Rozada

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