Laura Pérez Díaz and Mireia Frutos Fernández met each other while they were studying in the “Conservatorio Profesional de Música Padre Antonio Soler” (Professional Conservatory of Music Padre Antonio Soler).
Their teacher, Ana Isabel Fernández, encouraged them to play together four hands piano, due to their similar the approach to music interpretation that they both had. Immediately they became aware of their incredible rapport and understanding that existed between them, which allowed them to deeply work together the four hands repertoire. Besides Ana Isabel Fernández, they were also coached by Anatoli Povzoun, and they soon developed a regular concert activity, presenting themselves for the first time as a duo in the “Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Ferraz” (Professional Conservatory of Ferraz), performing Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor.
After a period of time in which both pianists took different paths for the continuation of their studies, both as soloists and as chamber musicians, they decide to start working again together, creating the George Sand Piano Duo, with Enrique Bernaldo de Quirós as their primary coach. They also attend Master Classes from different professors as Josep María Colom and the composer Antón García Abril, with whom they worked on one of his four hands pieces.
They have performed in several festivals of the “Sociedad de Conciertos de Palma de Mallorca” (Concert Society of Palma de Mallorca), the Eutherpe Hall, in León or the “Casa de Cultura de San Lorenzo de El Escorial”, with great enthusiasm from the audience and critics.
Among their future projects there are concert tours around Spain in June 2016 and September-October 2017.
Born in Madrid, Mireia finished her Master of Music in Piano Performance at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and her bachelor's degree in the Aragón Conservatory of Music. Having studied with professors Kemenes András, Szokolay Balázs and Miguel Ángel Ortega Chavaldas for piano, and professors Csalog Gábor and Kennedy Moretti for chamber music, she has launched into an active performance and teaching career.
Laura Perez Díaz was born in Madrid in 1988. He began his musical studies at nine continuing his training at the Conservatory of Music Padre Antonio Soler in San Lorenzo de El Escorial. There received the Professional Certificate of Piano.
As an artist, she has performed in Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Hungary, Israel, Malaysia and the USA. She is a very active pianist and is at the moment involved in several projects with a wide variety of chamber music alliances. With orchestra, she has performed Mendelssohn's second piano concerto, Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Saint-Saens' “The Carnival of the Animals”. She is also very interested in the music of contemporary artists and has worked with composers to premier new works both for piano solo and ensemble. Some of these works include " Mediasi Corakan Warna" of Tazul Tajuddin, "MuSit" of Valeria Ross, “Dejà vu” of Javier Romero, “Keverék” of Ismael Palacio, “Our princess is in another castle” of Óscar Piniella, “Toccata” of David Pellejer or “Pyramus and Thysbe” of Philippe Lamouris.
Mireia Frutos has won first prize in the Musical Youth of Spain Competition, first prize and prize in musicality in the “Marisa Montiel” piano competition, first prize in the “Hazen” Competition, and first prize in the “Acordes Caja Madrid” Competition for orchestra, as soloist with the Mendelssohn's Second Piano Concerto. This last one was recorded and broadcasted for the Spanish Television.
In pursuit of her education, Mireia was a recipient of the “Mutua Madrileña Foundation” scholarship, the “Musical Youth of Madrid” scholarship and the “Rotary Club” grant for the continuation of her studies after her bachelor degree.
Mireia has worked for years as a freelance piano teacher in Madrid, Zaragoza and Budapest. She enjoys working with students from many different ages and backgrounds. She has also worked as a chamber music coach for the “Musique et Montagne” summer course in France with her cellist partner Morgane de Lafforest in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition to her academic education, Mireia has attended many courses and master classes. She believes in researching new points of view and perspectives to understand music and improve on technique. To accomplish her goals she feels privileged to have worked with such important professors and artists as Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Marta Gulyás, Jose Ramón Méndez, Dominique Weber, Imre Rohmann, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Blanca Uribe, Karl-Hermann Mongrovius, Andrew Ball, Kennedy Moretti, Begoña Uriarte, Andras Hamary, Galina Iwanzowa, Josep Colom, Alexander Kandelaki, Claudio Martínez Mehner and Kaya Han among others.
In 2011 he joined at the Music Degree of Francisco de Vitoria University where he studied with Mariana Gurkova and Enrique Bernaldo de Quiros. Four years later, he finished his studies at the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands received a Special Award to race for his grades.
He has actively participated in master classes with teachers like Aquiles delle Vigne, Eldar Nebolsin, Fernando Puchol, Götz Teutsch and Peter Frankl. In the field of Spanish music he has received valuable advice from Josep Colom and Anton Garcia Abril.
In 2013 wins unanimously Soloists Competition of the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands taking place in 2014 his debut as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands under the direction of Alfredo Montero Oyagüez in which he played the Concerto for piano and orchestra by N. Rimsky-Korsakov.
He has won first prize in two consecutive years, next to "George Sand Piano Trio" and "Max Bruch Piano Quintet" in the I and II Competition Chamber Music Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands respectively.
In 2015 he was honored by the "Max Bruch Piano Quintet" with the third prize in the XX National Contest Arjau of Barcelona. As a member of this training, as well as "George Sand Piano Duo" works intensively concert halls such as the Teatro Principal in Palma, Barcelona CosmoCaixa Auditorium, Sa Nostra Cultural Centre of Palma, Eutherpe Leon Hall and Culture House of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
In May 2016 his solo performance takes place next to the Municipal Band of Palma de Mallorca under the baton of Salvador Sebastià where he plays Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.
From 2014 to the present Laura is secretary and organizer of the Sociedad de Conciertos de Palma de Mallorca.