Dr Carolina Estrada
Two words about myself
Music creative practice, pedagogy and historical musicology are my strongest areas of expertise. Besides that I am also experienced in the field of music technology and studio recording practice. My enclosed CV provides details of my skills, my academic qualifications and employment history (references as requested). My academic records withhold two Bachelor Degrees (Music Performance and Music Education), a Master Degree in Music Performance and a Doctorate in Musical Arts. I have a multidisciplinary background in music and my professional activity is situated at the intersection between music performance, pedagogy and scientific discovery for which I have gained international recognition.
I began my music studies at the age of four, I won my first piano competition at the age of eight, and over the subsequent years I was successful in international music competitions music festivals and universities, receiving numerous awards and prizes in music performance. Although my always growing repertoire ranges from Bach to the music of present day masters, my primary focus is composers of the 19th and 20th century. In 2020, I was awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation to lead the performance project “Nightingale” at the Institute Interpretation of the Bern University of the Arts (HKB). It aimed to document Europe’s historical pianistic traditions and cultural intangible heritage, deciphering the complex parameters within the historical practices in music performance. My personal goal is to convince audiences of the immense beauty and diversity of music from the classical period to our own time through solo recitals, lecture-recitals, concerto performances, recordings and special projects. I regularly appear as a recitalist in Europe, Asia and Australia. My concerts are regularly broadcasted by Spanish and foreign radio and television networks. In recent seasons, I have performed in many of the world’s major venues and festivals, as collaborative pianist, soloist and soloist with symphonic orchestras.
I have more than 15 years of teaching experience in music schools, conservatoriums and universities in Australia, Asia and Europe. I have learned to adapt my methodologies to different cultural contexts. Working in different continents helped me to grow my cross-cultural competence through a multicultural teaching experience. My students have achieved outstanding success and have been major prize-winners in local, national and international competitions. I am also a guest lecturer and performer at international festivals and I have been invited to give courses and lectures at the Royal Academy of Music London, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the HKB, the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, the Universities of Strasbourg, Melbourne, Sydney and New York, among others. I also complement my teaching with regular participation in international scientific conferences, building a network of international collaborators beyond my host institutions.
I have experience in successfully acquiring third-party funding for leading independent research projects and also in the field of fundraising for international cultural events, for which I did lead to secure a significant number of substantial grants from governmental institutions and public agencies that support the promotion of culture. I am the recipient of prestigious research grants such as the Spark 2020/21 from the Swiss National Science Foundation in Switzerland, the George Henderson Award 2013/14/15 given by the University of Sydney, the SGAE Grant 2016, the Government of Spain’s Artistic Award 2015, Australian Research Grants 2012/13/15, the Kathleen & Allison Short Faculty Merit Award 2013, the European Gold Cross and the Grand Cross of the Humanitarian Merit.