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Spanish-born concert pianist Carolina Estrada, visiting Doctor of Musical Arts candidate and Teaching Assistant for the Open Academy program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, is regularly invited to perform at international festivals and conservatories and actively contributes to Australian cultural life as performing artist and producer. She obtained her Bachelor (2003) and Master of Music (2005) degrees with cum laude at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and also received from the Dutch Government the Nuffic Scholarship for a year of specialization at the Universitat der Kunste Udk Berlin with legendary pianist Laszlo Simon (former student of Claudio Arrau). Bacelor (2003) and Master of Music (2005) degrees with cum laude at the Conservatorium van Amsterdamher Bachelor (2003) and Master of Music (2005) degrees with cum laude at the
Grant holder of numerous international awards and prizes, Carolina was awarded two faculty merit postgraduate awards by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to support her doctoral research: the prestigious George Henderson Award and the Katheleen & Allison Short Scholarship.
Her endeavours on behalf of Spanish music have been acknoledged by several governmental institutions in various countries. The Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture, the Catalan Government and the University of Barcelona Foundation Agusti Pere i Pons have actively sponsored her Hispanic-themed investigations.
Her doctoral investigation on Enrique Granados' piano works at the University of Sydney is supervised by Natalia Ricci and Bernadette Harvey and Carolina also priviledged to receive insights from Catalan legendary pianist, Albert Attenelle, Maria Teresa Monteys and Carlota Garriga (Marshall Academy), the last three remaining students of Frank Marshall and direct inheritors of the Granadaos/Marshall piano tradition in Barcelona.
In 2014, achieved major cultural acclaim across Europe with the highest distinction given by Agrupacion Espanola de Fomento Europeo, The European Gold Cross and The Grand Cross of the Most Illustrious Order of Humanitarian Merit - in recognition of the valuable promotion of Hispanic Arts and Culture.
Prestigious musicians like Paul Badura Skoda, institutions like International Dinu Lipatti-Clara Haskil Foundation and the audiences have unanimously described Carolina Estrada as “an inspiring example in music” with a “very strong personality at the piano”, “stunning virtuosity” and “colourful and spontaneous sound”.
“A brilliant performer, scholar and human being"
DR. WALTER AARON CLARK,
US leading scholar in Iberian music
“Carolina Estrada’s interpretation is highly inspiring and individual, sensitive yet powerful, performance of a true artist!”
DEJAN LAZIC, leading pianist