JHB Judge & Scout Laura Pauna
South African / Romanian pianist Laura Pauna has established herself internationally, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Laura holds aKE (post graduate performance) Diploma from the prestigious Hannover Music Conservatoire in Germany.
Her performances as a duo pianist in the past ten years at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall have had rave reviews ("...lavish, enthusiastic, brilliant"); also at Salzburg Grosse Saal, Concertgebow Amsterdam, Jerusalem Theatre, Yasi (New York), Zagreb Institute Hall, Z.K. Mathews Hall, Cape Town City Hall, to name a few.
Competition prizes and scholarships include 1st Prize in the GriegCompetition, "Prix de Oslo" (2007 two pianos) and again in 2009 (piano 4 Hands), Ibla grand prize winner (2006), Valentino Bucchi (Rome, 2006), the Mozarteum Prize 2007 -‐ which led to the performance of the opening concertof the Mozarteum Summer Academy -‐ Unisa Classical Sonata prize and Du Toit Van Tonder prize, and the ATKV Music Competition (2001/2002/2003) chamber music prize.
Laura is also the recipient of the National Arts Council scholarship 2009, Ottilie-‐Selbach Stiftung (Germany), and the Oscar and Vera Ritter Stiftung (Germany).
Laura has performed with orchestras such as Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Cape Town Philharmonic, KZNPO, Pro Musica et al, and at suchseries as the Piano Fortissimo series (Croatia), Piano Duo Festival Bad Herrenhalb, Oslo Grieg Festival, Unisa Concert series, and the Johannesburg Music Society Series.
Laura had her debut this year at the Bucharest Music & Film Festival in thefamous piazza George Enesco, as well as a performance at St. Martin-‐in-‐the-‐Fields, London .