Lorelle McNaughton


After being awarded the Anne Reid Memorial Trust scholarship in 2016, Lorelle moved to Spain to undertake specialist studies in the interpretation of Spanish piano music at both the Academia Marshall and Liceu Conservatori in Barcelona. She has studied with some of the most renowned living interpreters of Spanish music, including Albert Attenelle, Carlota Garriga and Marta Zabaleta.

Since her first visit to Barcelona in 2012, Lorelle has made a name for herself as an expert in the field of Spanish music, being invited to present lecture-recitals at leading universities such as Melbourne, Avondale, Wollongong and Sydney Conservatoriums. She co-founded, with her teacher Natalia Ricci, the first Spanish Music and Dance Symposium in Sydney in 2013, ‘Encuentros Españoles’, which involved a week of recitals, masterclasses, workshops and lectures from over 20 international artists.

Since moving to Spain in 2016, Lorelle has made numerous contacts who are very enthusiastic about her passion for the music, and have encouraged her to stay and continue to delve deeper into the repertoire. Lorelle continues to reside in Barcelona with the help of private sponsorship, where she is continuing her studies at the Academia Marshall. In July 2018 she has arranged to bring her teacher, Marta Zabaleta, to New Zealand with her for a series of masterclasses and recitals of Spanish music. She will be returning again in October 2018 to perform a tour of recitals of solo piano music and music for voice and piano from the great Spanish composers. Lorelle plans on returning regularly to NZ to help share and expose this beautiful and evocative music with our audiences around the country.

Receiving the Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship in 2016 played an enormous part in helping Lorelle make her move to Barcelona and continue along this path of Spanish music. It has opened several doors for her, and she is well on her way to getting this wonderful repertoire played more often in our country.