Three to look out for…
Laura Farré Rozada Pianist
Born: Barcelona, Spain Career highlight: In 2018, I was selected for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s NEXT Scheme and released my debut album, which has brought many exciting opportunities.
Musical hero: Glenn Gould for his originality and creativity and for pushing the boundaries of performance; Maria Callas, an extraordinary artist with such a strong character; and Hayk Melikyan for his promotion of contemporary music.
Dream concert: It would be premiering Dutilleux’s Piano Concerto, but unfortunately he never wrote one! It would have been amazing to meet him and try to convince him to write more piano music.
Marta Gardolinska Conductor
Born: Warsaw, Poland Career highlight: Learning Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in 48 hours and jumping in to conduct it with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Equally, having pianist Ronald Brautigam compliment my shaping of the orchestral part in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21.
Musical hero: I am amazed by the technique of conductor Carlos Kleiber – free, but always extremely precise. He really struggled with stage fright, but kept going regardless.
Dream concert: I don’t dream about concerts – I dream about collaborations and the long-term impact of my work. I hope that by being ethical and devoted, I can positively influence those around me.
Josep-ramon Olivé Baritone
Born: Barcelona, Spain Career highlight: Winning the Handel Singing Competition helped me expand my career in Baroque music, and Guildhall’s Gold Medal was a great recognition of my academic journey.
Musical hero: Bryn Terfel encouraged me to become a better baritone – his tone is so unique and refined, and I especially love the way he sings Mozart.
Dream concert: I performed in a remarkable concert at LSO St Luke’s as part of the Barbican ECHO Rising Stars tour. The audience was extremely attentive throughout the whole programme.