Andorran cellist Carolina Bartumeu recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, London with honours. She completed a Master of Performance with Melissa Phelps, as an RCM Scholar supported by a Neville Wathen Award. She also held the prestigious scholarship from the Crèdit Andorrà foundation in Andorra. Carolina began studying cello at age 7 at the Andorran Institute of Music with Cristina Shauquillo and Lluís Claret before moving to Barcelona, where she graduated from the Conservatori del Liceu in 2011. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (professor Ran Varon), achieving full marks in her final recital. She also received the extraordinary award from the Utrecht’s conservatorium: the EMIR Steyerbergprijs on the same year.
Carolina has participated in several masterclasses, with musicians including Jerome Pernoo, Gary Hoffman, Dmitri Ferschtman, Roel Dieltiens, Gavriel Lipkind and Gustav Rivinius.
Carolina made her debut as soloist at the age of twelve with the Young National Andorran Chamber Orchestra (JONCA) and has subsequently been re-invited several times. She has more recently performed with the Utrecht String Orchestra and has given solo and chamber music recitals across Andorra, Spain, France, Switzerland, Portugal, England and Holland in venues including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, The Wigmore hall or the Royal Albert Hall in London.
She has performed regularly as an orchestral musician, and recently joined soloists from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for a performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 2. She has been a member of the Andorran Youth Orchestra (JONCA) since 2006, as well as the Catalan Youth Orchestra (OJIPC). Since this year she’s a member of the Andorran National Chamber Orchestra of Andorra (ONCA).
She recently performed at the ‘World Stage Design Festival’ in Taiwan in collaboration with artists Zi Ling and Eldarin Yeong. She also participated in the International Crimean Music Festival, playing in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory as a soloist.