Award-winning harpsichordist Irene Roldán was born in southern Spain in 1997. Described by the press as one of the most prominent Spanish harpsichordists on the international scene (ABC Sevilla), Irene currently lives and works in Basel, Switzerland. Her versatility has led her to develop a vibrant concert activity across Europe, both as a solo player and as an ensemble musician, presenting a diverse repertoire than spans more than three centuries.

Irene Roldán gained international recognition in the year 2021, when she conquered the first prize, never awarded in previous editions, and the audience prize at the III. International Harpsichord Competition «Città di Milano». In the same year, her ensemble Flor Galante secured the first prize at the IV. International Bach Competition in Berlin. One year later, Irene was honored with the prestigious Bach Prize and an additional special award at the XXXIII. International Bach Competition held in Leipzig, Germany.

Irene began to cultivate a profound passion for the harpsichord and the early music world when she was 7 years old. Her dedication to this instrument led her to pursue studies in Spain (Sevilla, Salamanca), the Netherlands (The Hague and Amsterdam) and Switzerland, guided by the expertise of masters such as Jacques Ogg, Menno van Delft, Andrea Marcon and Jörg-Andreas Bötticher. She graduated her first master at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with honors and received a special award for her exceptional closing Master’s performance. Recently, Irene graduated from an additional Specialized Master’s Degree in Basso Continuo and Maestro al cembalo, graduating with the highest marks.

As a soloist, Irene has been invited to perform recitals in festivals across Europe, such as Seville Early Music Festival (FEMÁS), Urbino Musica Antica, Val di Zoldo International Early Music Festival, Mars en Baroque, Amici della Musica di Padova, Roma Festival Barocco, Fundación Juan March, Académie d’Orgue de Fribourg (Les Canisius), FEMUBA, and others. She has had the honor of performing as soloist with several orchestras and under the direction of Maurice Steger, Jacques Ogg, Alfredo Bernardini and Eduardo López Banzo.

Her facet as an ensemble musician has led her to collaborate regularly with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, as continuo player and repetiteur. Irene also performs frequently with her own ensemble, Flor Galante, which focuses on reviving unexplored eighteenth-century music from the Galant period. During her career, she has performed with many ensembles and orchestras, including Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Orchestra Frau Musika, Castello Consort, DomMusik St. Gallen, Sponte Sua, Seconda Prat!ca, New Collegium and many others.

For the past several years, Irene has focused her studies and research on Spanish music from the 16th to 18th centuries, with special attention to Sevillian composer Francisco Correa de Arauxo, as well as Scarlatti and his contemporaries. The latter has been the theme for her debut album, “Scarlatti & Beyond” which was recorded in June 2023 with the the support of Fondazione Cariverona.