Dr. Carolina Estrada Bascunana
Bmus Amsterdam, Mmus Ams/Berlin, DMA Sydney
Visiting teacher at the Tokyo University of the Arts, the Japanese Society of Spanish Piano Music (JSSPM) and the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation. Dr. Estrada has also taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has been invited to lecture at the Universities of New York, Sydney, Melbourne, New England and Strasbourg. Dr. Estrada is currently researcher and lecturer at the Hochschule der Kunste in Bern, Switzerland. (Full CV below).
Spanish born pianist Carolina Estrada enjoys a successful career as chamber musician, soloist and teacher, having performed and recorded internationally over the past twenty years in Europe, Asia and Australia. (full CV below).
Doctor of Musical Arts, Carolina Estrada has gained international recognition for his profound knowledge of Spanish music. Recipient of many awards in national and international competitions, she was recently honored with the European Gold Cross and the Grand Cross of the Humanitarian Merit.
Ms. Estrada is an active international promoter of Spanish music, she received the prestigious George Henderson Award and the Kathleen & Allison Short Scholarship for pianists, a Faculty Merit Postgraduate Award from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for her doctoral thesis on the performance of Enrique Granados’ piano works. She has premiered several works by the Spanish composer including the Australian premiere of Song of the Stars at the Verbrugghen Hall in Sydney and the world premiere of Vita Aeterna on Granados’ own Pleyel grand treasured at the Biblioteca de Catalunya, where she also performed for the closing concert of Enrique Granados Seminar, an international event gathering music specialists from all over the world to commemorate Enrique Granados’ 100 Anniversary (December 2016).
Ms Estrada has made many recordings for ABC, SBS, Australian and Spanish National Radios. In recent seasons, she has performed in many of the world’s major venues and festivals including Pau Casals Auditorium, Tokyo Yomiuri Otemachi Hall (Tokyo), Verbrugghen Hall (Sydney), AXA Concert Hall (Barcelona), the Tarragona Internacional Music Festival, the AIMS Summer Music Festival, the Barcelona Festival of Song, the FIMTE International Spanish Keyboard Music Festival and the International Festival of Spanish Music and Dance Encuentros Españoles in Sydney, among others. She opened the latest season of “The Art of Piano Performance” in Lysenko Concert Hall of the National Philarmonic of Ukraine (Kiev) and has been invited to perform in concert series in cities such as Sydney, New York, Tokyo and Berlin. She performed in Barcelona’s Auditori Concert Hall after winning the 1st prize from the XXII Arjau International Music Competition. She made her official orchestral debut in Amsterdam under the batton of Paul Ghun Kim performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2. In the years since, she has appeared as soloist with Symphonic Orchestras in two continents.
As composer, Ms. 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.
In 2013, she was co-founder of Encuentros Españoles, a groundbreaking International Festival and Symposium of Spanish Musicand Dance, inaugurated with great success in October of that year at the Sydney Conservatorium. Convenor and moderator of music debates, Ms. Estrada is frequently invited to lecture in universities such as the International Symposium on “Spanish Music and its Western Others” at the Universtity of Melbourne (2012), the 17th GHT Diskografentag International Conference at the Biblioteca de Catalunya (2016), the International Conference on “the Life and Music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916): A Centennial Celebration” at the University of New York (2016) and the international conference on “L’analyse musicale au-dela de la partition” at the University of Strasbourg (2017).
Ms Estrada was born in Barcelona, after completing her studies in her hometown, she was awarded the Agusti Pere i Pons Scholarship (University of Barcelona) and the Catalan Government Scholarship to study piano, composition and conducting at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Udk Berlin, where she received her Bachelor of Music and her Masters of Music with cum laude. Her most influential teachers have been Alicia de Larrocha, Paul Badura-Skoda, Albert Attenelle, Natalia Ricci, and Claudio Arrau’s former students, Laszlo Simon and Edit Fisher
Carolina Estrada has taugh piano in Conservatoriums and Universities in Spain, Asia and Australia, such as Reus Conservatorium of Music, Sultan Qaboos University, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of New England. Her students have achieved outstanding success in local, national and international competitions in Spain and have been major prize-winners at the Arjau International Music Competition, the Young Catalan Performers Competition and the Barcelona International Chamber music Competition. Visiting teacher at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation and the Japanese Society of Spanish Piano Music. Dr. Estrada is currently researcher and lecturer at the Hochschule der Kunste in Bern, Switzerland.