Carmen Gragera Salas

Carmen Gragera Salas

Born in Badajoz, Spain, in 1997. Since 2020, she studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Fundación BBVA Viola Chair with Professor Diemut Poppen. She has been granted scholarships by Grupo Timón/Jesús de Polanco and Fundación Albéniz and she enjoys a Hugues de Valthaire instrument scholarship.

She began her music studies at the age of 6 at the Hermanos Berzosa Professional Conservatory in Cáceres. In 2015 she entered Madrid’s Royal Conservatory, where she studied with Luis Llácer and Alan Kovacs. She has also attended masterclasses by Joaquín Riquelme, Josep Puchades, Emile Cantor, Richard Wolfe, Marjolein Dispa, Fermina Lermer, Christoph Fassbender, Félix Schwarz, Antoine Tamestit, Oliver Wille, and Tabea Zimmermann. She has also completed her training with conductors such as Michael Sanderling, Manfred Honeck, Christoph Esenbach, Pablo González, Andrés Salado, and José Luis Temes.

She has participated at the academy of the Schleswig-Holstein music festival (Germany) and has performed with the Orchestra of Extremadura, after making it to the final of the last exams for the viola position, as well as with the Youth Orchestra of Extremadura.

As a student of the School, she has been a member of the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado and David Aflham, as well as that of the Fundación EDP Camerata under the baton of Giovanni Guzzo and Paul Goodwin. In 2021 she participated in the 30th anniversary tour of the School with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, with whom she performed at Madrid's Teatro Real, at Bratislava's Reduta Hall, at Budapest's Liszt Ferenc Academy and at Vienna's Musikverein. She has been part of the Dvořák Quaret and is currently a member of the Saint-Saëns Ensemble and the Puertos del Estado Haendel Ensemble.