BBC Music Magazine

Rising Stars

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.

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