Steinway Artists Carles Lama and Sofia Cabruja are a paragon of artistic talent in the world of classical music and one of Europe’s most renowned piano duos.
Acclaimed by both the public and critics alike as two musicians with an extraordinary capacity to move an audience to tears, the duo also exhibits a spectacular synchronization and a very rare mutual understanding. Carles & Sofia have gained critical acclaim for their brilliant technique, passion, unparalleled quality of sound and infinite elegance.
Since 1987 when they began playing together, Carles & Sofia’s international career has led them to appear in famous venues of Carnegie Hall (New York), Teatro Solís (Montevideo), Glinka Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg) or Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona). They regularly perform in world capitals in recital for four hands or with orchestras including London City Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica de Sao Paulo, Orchestre de Chambre du Namurois, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Malaysia Philarmonic Orchestra and Hermitage State Orchestra.
Both were born in Girona (Catalonia, Spain) and showed exceptional musical talent early on. After graduating college in Barcelona Conservatory, they continued their musical training, first in the Ecole Normale in Paris, then at Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford, USA). The two professors who had the greatest influence on the duo are the Russian pianist Nina Svetlanova and the Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro.
Their repertoire ranges from Bach to 21st century and includes all major works for piano four hands together with the most brilliant and demanding orchestral transcriptions. They also have developed a very close relationship with many contemporary composers, like John Carmichael or Daniel Basomba, who, after listening to the duo, created works especially for them.
Carles & Sofia are acclaimed recording artists of the KNS-classical label with a discography including Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor, Brahms’Waltzes Op. 39, Rachmaninov’s Suite Op. 11, the complete works for four hands by Australian composer John Carmichael or some exclusive repertoire of Spanish Music of Albeniz, Granados and De Falla.
Carles & Sofia are also involved in a variety of different efforts geared towards promoting and spreading classical music and classical artists, having founded and developed different series of concerts and festivals, along with TV projects.
As a part of their passion for education, they have been invited to lecture and teach Master Classes in many different European and Asian countries, including Italy, Greece, Germany, France, China, Japan and Singapore.
Carles & Sofia have always been committed to helping with social needs. In 2001, her Royal Highness Margarita de Borbón presented to them an honorary distinction from UNICEF, in recognition of their humanitarian efforts. In 2012, they founded their own solidarity project: Concerts4Good, Music on a Mission.
Carles & Sofia are also very active in creating new repertoire for piano four hands, commissioning new original pieces, as well as transcriptions of orchestral works. Two of the most successful projects they have been involved in are: “And the Winner Is…” and “Goyescas”. “And the Winner Is…” is a film music project that involves repertoire for piano four hands and string orchestra. “Goyescas” is the transcription of Granados’ famous opera, premiered by Carles & Sofia last 28th of January 2016, at Carnegie Hall, exactly 100 years of Granados’premiere of the opera, at the Metropolitan in New York.
Internationally renowned piano duo.
"Malagueña" - Ernesto Lecuona
The Carles & Sofia Music Foundation continues its goal of supporting young musicians through the Carles & Sofia International Piano Competition which aims to find, give support and enlighten the paths of those true artists who will return the essence of the music to the society.
Each year the competition will pay tribute to a legendary pianist, one of Carles & Sofia’s references during their growth as artists.
First edition will pay tribute to Artur Rubinstein.
The Carles & Sofia International Piano Competition main mission is to discover new artists, with true talent, authenticity, and the ability of moving and inspiring audiences, just like legendary pianists used to do.
An outstanding opportunity for young musicians to be critiqued by the internationally recognized pianists in the jury and to be awarded with the tools that can enlighten their musical paths.
The jury consists of fifteen internationally known concert soloists.
Top awards include recording and publishing with KNS Classical, gala concert participation in Girona, Spain and much more.
Post graduate work.
Continuing post graduate work at the University of Hartford.
Acclaimed recording artists with the KNS Classical label
Royal Highness Margarita de Borbón presented Carles & Sofia honorary distinction for their humanitarian efforts on behalf of UNICEF.