University of California

“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.

University of Sydney

“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, Founder and director of Encuentros  Españoles. Lecturer in piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

“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 reveals 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
Enrique Granados and Eusebio Bertrand’ grand children
Foto taken at the Bibliteca National de Catalunya. Behind, gran piano Pleyel property of Enrique Granados.

Biblioteca de Catalunya


To celebrate 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 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