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Pianist and Composer

About Laura

Laura Ballestrino (Madrid, 2000) is a Spanish concert pianist and composer. Laura started to play the piano at the early age of 5 and now she is one of the great promises of music in Spain. She has been awarded 1st Prize at many prestigious national and international competitions such as the 99th competition Juventudes Musicales de España, the XI International Piano Competition María Herrero, the VII International Piano Competition Gran Klavier and the X International Piano Competition Antón García Abril, as well as the 3rd Prize at the XXII International Piano Competition Compositores de España and special prizes at the XX Soloist Competition Intercentros Melómano and the XXV Ibiza International Piano Competition. She has recently been awarded the Yamaha Music Europe Foundation scholarship 2024, held in Real Teatro de Retiro (Madrid).

Laura has toured and performed all around Spain, including some of the most renowned concert halls: Auditorio Nacional de Música, Teatro Monumental, Auditorio Miguel Delibes, Ateneo de Madrid, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San FernandoAuditorio de CentroCentro, Teatre Metropol, etc. She has made her debut with Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Orquesta Internacional Virtuosos de Madrid and she has performed with conductors like Sebastián Mariné, Mariusz Smolij and Chaowen Ting. Her name has appeared in music festivals such as Piano City Madrid, Diacronías, Kuraia, Fringe Torroella L’Estartit and COMA, among others.

She also develops her career abroad, performing several times at Solitär concert hall (Universität Mozarteum) in Salzburg as well as overseas. In 2022 she was invited as a guest artist by the Spanish embassy in Washington D.C. to visit Georgia Tech University in Atlanta (GA) and offer piano masterclasses, guest lectures, piano recitals and a concert as a soloist with the GT Symphony Orchestra, which also premiered her original composition Archaelund: the orchestral suite.

Her career as a classical pianist is combined with her facet as a composer. Laura currently works as the composer and producer of the Original Soundtrack of the videogame Archaelund. She also composes and performs original jazz fusion music for piano, usually being part of the program of her concerts.

Education background

At the age of 15 Laura debuted as a soloist performing Piano Concierto nº 20 by W. A. Mozart with the Symphonic Orchestra of Rodolfo Halffter Conservatoire, where she graduated with the Extraordinary End-of-Degree Award under the tutelage of María García.

In 2022 she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Madrid Royal Conservatoire with Prof. Elena Orobio. During her studies at the Madrid Royal Conservatoire she won the chamber music prize “Jesús de Monasterio” with Dúo Armos and made her debut at Auditorio Nacional de Música. She also placed first in the Soloist Competition and made her debut at Teatro Monumental performing Piano Concerto nº 4 by L.V. Beethoven under the conducting of maestro Sebastián Mariné and the “Mariana Martínez” classical orchestra.

In the summer of 2019 Laura met the pianist Leonel Morales, who would become his ongoing Professor. After one year of being his pupil at Musical Arts School of Music she was unanimously awarded the Virtuoso Diploma. Laura currently pursues her Master’s Degree with Leonel Morales and Leo de María at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio.

Furthermore, she has received masterclasses and advice from grand pianists such as Galina Eguiazarova, Natalia Trull, Pascal Nemirovsky and Josep Colom, among others.