15 April: Laura Lootens – Spain Meets Italy
Laura Lootens is an international music star in the making!
Only three months ago, 23-year-old Laura won the coveted Andrés Segovia Prize, one of the world’s most important music competitions held annually in Spain. In addition to 1st prize she was also awarded the special prize for the best interpretation of the obligatory work all competitors were asked to perform during the week-long competition.
Laura is German/Belgian. She discovered her passion for playing the guitar when she was eight years old and made her orchestral debut, playing Rodrigo’s famous ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ aged 15. A year later she was one of the youngest students ever to begin studying for the Bachelor of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
In 2019 she won the scholarship of the prestigious German Music Competition open for all instruments, one of Germany’s highest accolades for a young musician.
Laura’s concert career took-off following her performance at the Gasteig, Munich, in the internationally acclaimed ‘Winners and Masters’ series. That brought her to the attention of German music lovers and since then Laura has appeared at important festivals and concert halls in Germany, including Bonn’s famous Beethoven Festival and the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker.
During the last two years, news of Laura’s talent and virtuosity has spread, and she has received invitations to perform throughout Europe, including Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw. As part of her second UK tour, Laura has generously agreed to perform for Calstock Arts.
“She emphasizes her extraordinary talent. Playing with such passion and power, which encourages the audience to “Bravo”- call outs and standing ovations.” Volksstimme
“… she played with all of her skills, not just tremendous finger technique from the beginning till the end of the strings, not only rapid arpeggios, but knocking, scratching and slapping with the flat hand emphasizes the wildness of her interpretation.” Marcus Vitolo