Lorea Aranzasti Pardo (Madrid, Spain, 1984) began playing violin and piano at the age of five with F. Comesaña and I. Shirokij, and continued her musical studies on both instruments until 2001 at the Conservatorio “Padre Antonio Soler”, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, where she was a violin student of F. Rius and P. Kotliarskaya, a piano student of L. Díaz-Kayel, and a chamber music student of G. Jackson and, exceptionally, K. Moretti.
In the year 2002 and under the guidance of P. Kotliarskaya she entered the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, where she studied with Ana F. Comesaña as a violin performance and pedagogy major, successfully graduating from her Bachelor of Music in June 2006.
She has attended and played in master classes for professors such as Nelli Shkolnikova, Leon Spierer, Joaquín Torre, Curt Thompson, Duncan Gifford, Jorge Risi...taking part in many of Spain’s most renowned summer courses: Curso Internacional y Festival de Música de Cámara de Tui, Curso de violin “Schubertiada” in Santiago de Compostela, UNED de Logroño, and Festival Internacional de Santander, where she was invited by Maestro A. Ros-Marbá to join the Orchestra “Escuela Reina Sofía”.
Lorea Aranzasti has been concertmaster of the “Orquesta del Conservatorio Padre Antonio Soler” during the years 1996-2002. In 2004 she joined the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), where she held leader positions and worked under George Pelhivanian, Fabio Biondi, Krysztoff Penderecki.
In the summer of 2005 she was invited by Prof. Curt Thompson to take part in the Mimir Chamber Music Festival at the Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, where she had the opportunity of working with him and Nathan Cole, Brant Taylor and José Feghali, among others. It was then that Prof. Thompson invited her to be his student in the Master of Music in Violin Performance program at TCU. She has been awarded a full scholarship by the University and is due to start her graduate studies in September 2006.