Who We Are NEXT Musicians 2018-19 Laura Farré Rozada Piano NEXT Musician 2018-19 Laura Farré Rozada is a pianist and mathematician. She recently completed her Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in London with Andrew Zolinsky as an RCM Patrons’ Award Holder. Previously, she graduated with Distinction from her Bachelor and Master piano studies with Jean-François Dichamp at ESMUC (Catalonia College of Music). Laura has just published her first solo album "The French Reverie", funded by 208 patrons from 28 countries. She has performed as a soloist in Spain, France, Germany, Canada and the UK, and has appeared on the television channel France 3 and the Bulgarian National Radio. Laura made her debut with Robert Gerhard’s Piano Concerto conducted by Edmon Colomer. She has also performed with ensembles conducted by Timothy Lines and Jean-Bernard Matter. She is passionate about new music and has worked with composers such as George Crumb and Michael Finnissy; and has premiered works by Philippe Manoury, David Lang, and Thierry Escaich, among others. In 2017, Laura was selected to join the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions in Canada, received a High Commendation from the jury at the RCM Contemporary Competition, and was featured at the exposition “D’ONES: Women’s (R)evolution in Music" at the Palau Robert in Barcelona. Why are you looking forward to taking part in NEXT? I regard NEXT as a huge opportunity for me to gain more experience and resources to launch my career in the contemporary music scene. The programme offers a varied and rich training, as well as the opportunity to perform with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and work with high-standard and renowned composers and performers. One of the main reasons for applying was the possibility to perform frequently both solo and with an ensemble. The latter being a skill I wanted to develop further. As an emergent performer, I considered that the specific focus of the program on reaching new audiences with the contemporary repertoire and a specific coaching in management, fundraising and marketing was what I needed at this stage. Furthermore, I am looking forward to becoming familiar with Birmingham’s musical scene, which is growing and becoming an epicenter for contemporary music. A perfect place for networking, developing my own projects and performing with outstanding musicians.