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Laura Villafranca - Pianist

Mexican born pianist Laura Villafranca is one of her country's promising talents. After playing her debut with the Mexico City Chamber Orchestra at the age of thirteen, she won a scholarship to continue her musical studies in the United States of America. Ten years later she won the Silver Medal at Mexico's National Piano Competition "Angélica Morales-Yamaha" where she was also given the prize for best interpretation of a work by Bach. Other awards include first prize at The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention in the Corpus Christi International Competition and the A.R.T.S Competition where she was selected for the Who's Who Among American High School Students, the Oberlin Conservatory's Dean's Scholarship, the Wilfred Churchill Competition and the Benjamin Kasser scholarship which earned her full tuition at The Boston Conservatory.

Ms. Villafranca is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Querétaro Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mexico City Chamber Orchestra, The Boston Conservatory Orchestra in Harvard's Sanders Theatre and the Sinfonia Perusina in Italy. Her collaboration with conductors include Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Jose Guadalupe Flores, Catherine Comet, Enrico Marconi and Miguel Bernal Matus. Recent appearances include chamber recitals at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, live broadcasted performances in Mexican classical music stations Radio IMER and Radio UNAM. Currently, she continues to perform during the musical seasons hosted by the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, with solo and chamber music performances.

Laura Villafranca began her piano studies with Benjamin Valdés Aguilar, continuing at the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Oberlin Conservatory and The Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Angela Cheng, Michael Lewin, Victoria Mushkatkol and Stephen Perry.