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Ana Llorens



Born in Madrid (Spain), Ana is currently reading for her PhD at St. John’s College under the supervision of Prof. John Rink. Her research focuses on the processes by which musical structure is created in performance. She is fully funded by “Fundación la Caixa”. 

In her professional profile, Ana combines the double perspective of the performer and the musicologist. She got her degree in Music Performance (Cello) at Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid with a 1st class with distinction. She continued her education as a cellist at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía with Prof. Natalia Shakovskaya and at Indiana University (Bloomington) with Prof. János Starker. She graduated in Musicology at Universidad Complutense of Madrid, where she also got her Master’s degree in Hispano-American Music. Both occasions saw her graduating with the highest grades of her class, receiving a special distinction awarded by the University.  During Michaelmas term 2012 Ana was a visiting graduate student at the University of Cambridge and then began her PhD in Madrid funded by the Spanish government.

As a performer, she has given recitals and participated in chamber music ensembles, as well as in orchestras under the batons of J. López Cobos, H. Blomstedt, S. Lord, A. Ros-Marbá, A. Fagen, and J. Savall, among others. She obtained First Prizes at both the First Forum of Violoncellos Competition (Spain, 2001) and Júlio Cardona International Competition (Portuguese Musical Youths, 2003 and 2005). She has taken part in the organisation of various conferences and symposia. She is currently reviewer for the Spanish digital journal Doce Notas and secretary of the Journal of the Spanish Musicological Society (Revista de Musicología, SEdeM).

Scholarships obtained

Fundación La Caixa (years 2013-2015)

Pre-doctoral Scholarship from the Spanish Department of Education (FPU) (year 2012-2013)

MAEC  Scholarship (year 2007-2008)

Fulbright Scholarship (year 2007-2008)

“Juventudes Musicales de Madrid" Scholarship (year 2007-2008)


Colleges, Departments and Institutes

St John's College:

Key Publications

Llorens, Ana: ‘Structures dynamically created through performance: Brahms’s cello sonatas interpreted’, PhD dissertation, John Rink (supervisor), University of Cambridge (in progress). 

El Canto Mozárabe y su entorno. Estudios sobre la Música de la Liturgia Viejo Hispánica, Ismael Fernández de la Cuesta (scientific ed.) y Ana Llorens (coord.) (Madrid: Sociedad Española de Musicología, 2013, in print).

 Llorens, Ana: ‘Los estudios para violonchelo. De Duport a Popper’ [The études for cello. From Duport to Popper’], MPhil dissertation, Gerardo Arriaga (supervisor), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2012.

 Llorens, Ana: "Ambivalencias musicales: el Trío para piano, violín y violonchelo de Ruperto Chapí", in Ruperto Chapí. Nuevas perspectivas, Vicente Galbis, Víctor Sánchez y Javier Suárez-Pajares (eds.) (Valencia: Instituto Valenciano de la Música, 2012). 

Llorens, Ana: “Lakatos, un músico de actualidad. Su origen, su presente, su música”, in Actas del I Encontro Ibero Americano de Jovens Musicologos