Musician // Historical flutes and keyboads
“Laura Quesada again stunned us with her way of playing the traverso. Quesada has, in addition to an exquisite, sweet and balanced sound throughout its registry, a lavish facility to address any passage, regardless of its difficulty, agility or extension; it seems that the instrument is another part of its own body”
Laura Quesada is a multidisciplinary musician (flutist / keyboardist specialized on historical instruments) and founding member of the project "L'Apothéose": a chamber music group based on the historical interpretation of the repertoire of the eighteenth century considered today as one of the most relevant at the Spanish music scene.
She began her passion for music at the age of 4 playing the piano. Later she is admitted at the Centro Integrado de Enseñanzas Artísticas "Padre Antonio Soler" (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid) where she studies piano, harpsichord and transverse flute finishing her professional studies with honorable mention in composition. Later she studied the flute degree and master at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons (Belgium) with Marc Grauwels getting the mention of “Grande Distinction” and in France at L'École Normale de Musique de Paris with Mihi Kim where he obtained the titles of flute and piccolo with honorable mention and congratulations from the jury. Later attracted by early music, she is admitted at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid where she studies with Alberto Martínez and Guillermo Peñalver obtaining the degree of harpsichord with outstanding and the traverso degree with honors as well as the prize of honor in this specialty.
Laura has expanded her musical training with musicians such as Claire Guimond, Kate Clarke, Alexis Kossenko, Wilbert Hazelzet, Ashley Solomon, Richard Egarr, Josep Domènech, Frank Theuns, Guido Morini, Jesper Christensen, Beatrice Martin, Diego Ares, Jacques Ogg, Ton Koopman, Aurèle Nicolet, Pierre-Ives Artaud, Jaime Martín, Sophie Cherrier, Julia Gállego, and Emily Beynon among others.
She has 17 international and national awards won in different competitions such as the Internationaal Van Wassenaer Competition (Netherlands), Göttingen Händel Competition (Germany), Concours International de Musique Ancienne de Val de Loire (France), York Early Music International Young Artists Competition ( United Kingdom), Concours International Le Parnasse (France) and participated in projects and ensembles such as The Ton Koopman Academy, La Tempestad, The Baroque Orchestra of the University of Salamanca, The Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, The European Royal Ensemble, EuroAsia Orchestra, Young Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, Young Baroque Orchestra of Andalusia and Presjovem Orchestra among others.
This great activity leads Laura to play in important halls and festivals in Europe, Asia and America like the Oude Muziek de Utrecht in the Netherlands, the Festival d'Ambronay in France, the York Early Music Festival in the United Kingdom, the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels in Belgium, the Internationale Händel Festspiele Göttingen in Germany, the International Festival of Sacred Music of Bogotá in Colombia or the International Festival of Santander, the Musical Fortnight of San Sebastián, the National Auditorium of Music of Madrid, the Festival of Ancient Music of Úbeda and Baeza and the Festival of Ancient Music of Seville in Spain. In the 2019/2020 season, she participates in L’Apothéose as a resident group of the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical (CNDM), touring for 10 concerts in Colombia, Italy, London and Spain.
She is currently a member of L’Apothéose and in charge of its production and management. She works as a private teacher, studio musician, as well as harpsichordist and traverso player in different groups of early music