Conservatoire researcher sweeps the awards

Laura Farre Rozada with some of her awardsA PhD student in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is celebrating after clinching seven awards for her music. 

International acclaim

Laura Farre Rozada, a Midlands4Cities-funded student, clinched five awards at the 2021 Music and Star Awards, an international classical music competition.

Laura picked up accolades for her latest record, Nimbus, including Best CD, Best Piano Solo CD, Best Cover, Best Concept and Best Sound Editing.

Not only that, but Laura enjoyed further success when Nimbus secured two silver medals – for Emerging Artist and creativity/originality, respectively - at the Global Music Awards.

The awards, which took place online, were won after Laura was chosen by a judging panel, made up of distinguished musicians from around the world. 

Positively received

Laura was incredibly honoured to receive so many accolades for her work.

“It has been really exciting, especially seeing as Nimbus is a project that I developed and recorded during lockdown,” she says.

“Despite not being able to perform as much as usual for live audiences, it is very encouraging that both panels have valued so positively my work, and this project in particular.”

Before the pandemic, Laura had embarked on a highly successful international tour, but her postgraduate studies will be taking precedence in the short term.

“I can’t wait to tour again, but I’m very mindful of the fact I am entering the third year of my PhD now,” Laura says. “I will still perform in Spain and the UK, but I will probably hold off on touring internationally until my thesis is finished.”

Combining music and maths

Nimbus has served as a very stimulating project for Laura, helping her to develop strategies for her PhD study, which brings together music and maths.

“I’m researching memorisation of post-tonal piano music, exploring how mathematics can enhance this process,” she explains. “Combining both has been of interest for quite some time. I even got to perform a recital and host a lecture on these subjects while in the US.”