World Premiere of Estrada’s Cuadros Goyescos.

As a composer, Estrada’s work “Cuadros Goyescos” was awarded by the Spanish General Society for Authors and Publishers (SGAE) and the Instituto Cervantes, launching a series of solo performance premieres in Australia. 

Victor Ugarte (director of Institute Cervantes, Sydney), Carolina Estrada and Institute Cervantes manager

World Premiere of Soneto XV de Dante, Vita Nuova

Carolina Estrada, live recording 
Enrique Granados’ Grand Piano Pleyel (1911)
Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya, Barcelona 

Eusebio Bertrand and Enrique Granados’ grandchildren
Foto taken at the Biblioteca National de Catalunya.
Behind, grand piano Pleyel property of Enrique Granados.  

“To celebrate Granados’ centenary, in June 2016, Estrada gave a recital at the Biblioteca de Catalunya on the Pleyel that had been Granado’s piano – an instrument over a hundred years old, that needs a special care to be played on. And she did a wonderful recital, including the “première” in Spain of a piece for piano and baritone, based on a soneto by Dante, that Granados dedicated to my grand-father, Eusebio Bertrand Serra (a dear friend of Granados, and amateur musician, playing ‘cello and singing with a baritone voice. Besides, my grand-mother, María Mercedes Mata, had been a piano student of Granados). Most interesting to be able to listen to a “small” piece of music. But very significant – in these small pieces, with no importance, dedicated to friends, deep musical conception comes to life. Carolina’s interest in this small work shows her deep interest in music and composition. Among the audience: a grand-daughter of Enrique Granados, and several grand-children of Eusebio Bertrand.  Carolina Estrada has been working and researching for many years. She is a hard worker and works with a purpose. Going in-depth in what could be considered as “small niches”, which are the ones to sustain a bigger musical structure”.

Marita Gomis. Eusebio Bertrand’s grand-daughter 

Australian Premiere of Granados’ Cant de les Estrelles and Escena Religiosa.

“Spanish-born concert pianist Carolina Estrada presents Song of the Stars, an historical event featuring the Australian Premiere of two masterworks by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados: Cant de les Estrelles y Escena Religiosa. Cant de les Estrelles [Song of the Stars], comparable to a virtuoso piano concerto with choir and organ instead of orchestra, was lost for almost one hundred years and recently found by the eminent American musicologist Walter Aaron Clark, director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California. The Australian Premiere of Cant de les Estrelles will be performed by pianist Carolina Estrada, organist Jim Abraham, the Manly-Warringah Choir and Coro Austral under the direction of Dr. Carlos Alvarado and the collaboration of Margot McLaughlin”.

Instituto Cervantes, Sydney

World premiere of Wilkins’ El Amor Brujo

Arrangement for three pianos by Keyna Wilkins in Australia. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney.

World premiere of Muhle’s piano works