Encuentros Espanoles Featured Spanish Classical Pianist Carolina Estrada
The Spanish Music Festival and Symposium presented emerging Spanish pianist Carolina Estrada under the auspices of Encuentros Espanoles, a range of exciting events that was on offer during the week of 19 to 27 October at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Estrada has a particular passion for Spanish music for piano. She has broadcasted live recordings for Spanish and Catalan National Radios performing works by Spanish composers. She is currently working in a project to record the complete solo piano works of Enrique Granados for the label Iberia Classics. Her endeavours on behalf of Spanish music have been acknowledged by the Spanish government on numerous occasions. The Consulate General of Spain and the Cervantes Institute in Sydney underwrote her collaboration on the Spanish Music and Dance Festival and Symposium at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture awarded her a grant for her research on Spanish music. The Catalan Government and the University of Barcelona Foundation Agusti Pere i Pons have also sponsored her Hispanic-themed investigations, gaining a Master of Music degree from the University of Amsterdam.
In addition to the standard repertoire Estrada is also deeply committed to works written by contemporary composers, together with pianists Natalia Ricci and Lorelle McNaughton, she gave the world première of “El amor Brujo” by Manuel de Falla arranged for three pianos by the British composer Keyna Wilkins under the auspices of the Spanish Music Festival and Symposium.
Estrada presented the paper The Catalan School of Piano Playing: a performance analysis of three dances from the 12 Spanish Dances by Enrique Granados at the Symposium on Saturday morning. This conference given by Spanish Music Experts assisted pianists to develop an appreciation of the dance sources that underpin much Spanish music, helping to inform their approach to its performance and allowing them to arrive at a deeper and more truthful interpretation.
Carolina is currently based in Sydney, where she is Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) candidate at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The main focus of her research is on 19th and 20th century Spanish music for piano, in particular the performance techniques and pedagogical methods of Enrique Granados. Her doctoral research receives privileged insights into stylistic authenticity, generously shared by the sole remaining inheritors of this legacy. She has been awarded the Allison Short Scholarship for pianists, a Faculty Merit Postgraduate Award and the prestigious George Henderson Award for doctoral research. In 2014, the Agrupación Española de Fomento Europeo, AEFE, will honour the pianist by bestowing the AEFE Gold Cross for her endeavours on behalf of Spanish music.