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
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”. wasinvaluable
Natalia Ricci, Founder
anddirector 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
revealsaccurate data from piano roll recordings such as Hupfeld as an example.”
PhD, Arts and MusicologyAssociate Professor of the Arts and Musicology Department at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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
sonetby 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
showsher 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”.