Biography

South African / Romanian pianist Laura Pauna has established herself internationally, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Laura holds a KE (post graduate performance) Diploma from the prestigious Hannover Music Conservatoire in Germany.

1st Prize

Grieg Competition 2009 and 2007

Grand Prize

Ibla 2006

Valentino Bucchi

Rome 2006

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.

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 was also invited to be in the jury of the Ibla Competition in 2008, and again in 2010.

She has performed with orchestras such as Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Cape Town Philharmonic, KZNPO, Pro Musica et al, and at such series 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 at the Bucharest Music & Film Festival in the famous piazza George Enesco, as well as a performance at St. Martin‐in‐the-­Fields, London.