- Doctoral Thesis (download) My doctoral dissertation was the first – and so far only – scientific investigation to reveal a wealth of previously undocumented knowledge about the piano works of Enrique Granados (1867-1916). This Historically Informed Performance (HIP) research was, among other discoveries, the first to document the pianistic technique of Granados as well as proving the validity of his Hupfeld rolls, a piano roll recording system usually discarded by musicologists. “I have been deeply impressed by the originality and methodological rigor of Carolina Estrada’s work. She has made important discoveries about a central component of Granados’s oeuvre, Valses poéticos, particularly in relation to the composer’s original intentions, through a very intelligent and systematic examination of both published and recorded sources. Not only does this research add greatly to our understanding of Granados’s creative process but it also provides a very useful model for how such work can be done in the future, with other pieces and composers.” Walter Aaron Clark, Founder and director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, author of the book Enrique Granados Poet of the Piano.
- In 2013, I co-founded and coordinated together with Prof. Natalia Ricci (Lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Encuentros Españoles: The Nexus of Spanish Keyboard Music and Dance, the International Festival and Symposium held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, inaugurated in October of that year at the SCM. The 8-day festival featured a series of concerts lecture/demonstrations, masterclasses and workshops offered by internationally acclaimed artists and leading scholars in the field of Spanish music and dance.
“In 2013, Carolina made a tremendous contribution to the success of Encuentros Españoles, the Spanish Festival, held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in October, which explored the links between Spanish classical keyboard music and dance. Carolina ‘s participation and involvement in this highly significant cultural event was invaluable and multi-fold. Carolina is a highly intelligent and passionate musician with a deep love and respect for her Spanish musical and artistic culture and traditions. She has a wonderful positive energy and a great amount of initiative and imagination, which she uses to realize her dream of promoting the Hispanic heritage and values here in Australia”. Natalia Ricci, Lecturer in piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, director and founder of Encuentros Españoles .
- In 2015, I created the online platform “Iberia Classics” to bring together a community of scholars and musicians in the field of Spanish music performance http://iberiaclassics.es/. It is the only scientific platform on Spanish Music with its focus on the musicological discussion about Historically Informed Performance (HIP) setting up new approaches to performance. Furthermore, current performance practices can be watched at the IB Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrPmF42miizruRXc9mJviAA Regular updates on performance appear at the Iberia Classics facebook page https://www.facebook.com/iberiaclassics/
- The outcomes of my investigation were presented in performances with a high musicological value, featuring unknown and long-lost masterpieces of Enrique Granados. In 2015 I gave the Australian premiere of Cant de les Estrelles and Escena Religiosa at the Verbrugghen Hall in Sydney and, the following year, the World Premiere of Soneto XV de Dante Vita Nuova performing on the Spanish composer’s own Pleyel grand piano at the Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona.
“I met Carolina Estrada at FIMTE conference, August 2014, when she gave a recital and presented a paper on Enrique Granados and pianola roles. She was then doing research for her PhD on Enrique Granados, and had a wide knowledge of the composer and his piano technique. She had great interest in knowing the learning experience of the participants that had studied at Granados-Marshall School of piano, going in-depth in any single detail.
To cellebrate Granados’ centenary, in june 2016, she did a recital at 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 sonet 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 on this small work shaws 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
My research has been cited by relevant authorities in the field in books and doctoral dissertations.
“Estrada’s contribution to Welte and Hupfeld piano roll recordings encapsulate an invaluable musicological relevance, not only from a historical perspective but also from the musical analysis. Accordingly, this investigation reveal accurate data from piano roll recordings such as Hupfeld as an example.” Jordi Roquer PhD, Arts and MusicologyAssociate Professor of the Arts and Musicology Department at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona