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PhD Candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 370 389 (ext. 23700)


Carolina Santiago (Yecla, Murcia, Spain, 1994) is a contemporary and classical concert pianist. She has studied Master and Bachelor Degree of Music in Piano Performance at the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona) with Albert Attenelle. Nowadays she does concerts around all Europe and she is studying a PhD in Music - Performance at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) with Luca Chiantore with the Spanish AIE’s official scholarship. She also studies at the Orpheus Instituut (Ghent, Belgium) the Advanced Chamber Music Course with Syntagma Piano Duo.
In the field of contemporary music, she is the coordinator of the International Composition Course Barcelona Modern (at the Institut Français Barcelona) and the pianist of the Barcelona Modern Ensemble, and she has premiered works for piano solo and ensemble. She has worked with so many renowned composers such has Philippe Hurel, José Manuel López López, Alberto Posadas, etc. She has participated at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt 2018 with Nicolas Hodges, the Stockholm’s Aurora Music Festival 2019, the Festival Mixtur 2017 in Barcelona with Jean-Pierre Dupuy and she has worked with the contemporary pianist Ricardo Descalzo.
She has won prizes and scholarships such as the Piano Meeting 2018 (Ourense, Spain), Corhyund Prize at the Piano Córdoba Competition, AIE scholarship for the Manuel de Falla course 2016, the Yamaha Scholarship awarded by the BPA 2017 to the best Spanish pianist, the Conservatori del Liceu’s scholarship for Master Degree and the AIE 2018-29 Scholarship for her PhD studies. In 2019 she published her first CD “El piano, reflejo del alma” jointly with the pianists Francisco Martí and Alfonso Sánchez.
Carolina Santiago has played in many auditoriums around all Spain, Germany, Sweden, Portugal and Belgium.


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Doctoral Project
Migrating to the origin: bird-becoming and musical performance through an interpretation of the Catalogue d'oiseaux de Messiaen
This project consists of an innovative interpretation of the solo piano work Catalogue d’oiseaux by the French composer Olivier Messiaen. The work is modified searching for an approach to the birdsongs that appear cited in it, also performing an interdisciplinary performance in cooperation with a theater actress where the intrinsic narrative of the prefaces of each piece will be visualized. This performance will include a message of environmental awareness - extrinsic to this musical work, but justifying this change of the interpretative perspective - born of my concern about the disappearance of avian species and changes in their migration routes, consequences of the overexploitation of natural resources for the human being. The pianist will make an approach to the birdsongs that originated this work by performing at the artistic practice the becoming-bird, and also using the cahiers of notations of birdsongs transcriptions by Olivier Messiaen. The prefaces of each movement of the work will be transmitted in the performance giving rise to an unconventional and interdisciplinary concert format.