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Carlota was born in 1982 in Barcelona, Spain. She obtained the Título Superior de Violín in 2001 from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Barcelona, studying with Agustín León Ara. In 2002 she started the Bmus Undergraduate at the Royal College of Music with Yossi Zivoni, finishing with Distinction in 2006. In 2008, she obtained a Master’s Degree with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Maurice Hasson. In 2011 she graduated with a DMA (Doctorate in Music Arts) at Michigan State University in Walter Verdehr’s studio.

Carlota has played in many youth orchestras such as the Catalan Youth Orchestra (JONC), Spanish Youth Orchestra (JONDE), European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and the Jeneusse Musicales World Orchestra. She also has collaborated with professional orchestras such as Barcelona Symphony Orchetra (OBC), Orqueta de Cambra de Menorca, Joaquín Rodrigo Chamber Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Santiago and Cadaques Orchestra, among others. From 2007 until 2008 she was guest co-solist of Tenerif Symphony Orchestra.  She has worked with such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pavo Jaarvi, Jean Pascal Tortelier, to name a few. From 2008 to 2011 she was member of Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

In 2007, she performed a solo concerto with Andorra Chamber Orchestra in the “Palau de la Musica” in Barcelona as a result of winning the “Primer Palau” competition. She recently won the Concerto Competition at MSU and performed at the Wharton Center in Lansing. Carlota has obtained the Bloch Award at the Royal Academy of Music and the first prize in the Spanish competition “Jovenes Interpretes de Ibercaja”, as well as the Alexander Schuster Award at Michigan State University.