Born in Viña del Mar, Chile, Carmen started playing the recorder at a young age, studying at Escuela Moderna de Música and then at Universidad Católica in Santiago. In 1997, she received the title of Performer and the degree of Bachelor of Music with highest distinction. In 1999 thanks to a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) grant and a President of the Republic scholarship, she moved to Wuppertal, Germany, for postgraduate performance studies. In 2015, Conicyt-Chile awarded Carmen a scholarship for PhD studies at the University of York.
Active in both early and contemporary music framework, her discography includes projects with composers and research on Latin American Baroque music and its influences.
As soloist, she has played with several orchestras addressing baroque concertos and releasing commissioned works for her.
Carmen has received grants from the Ministry of Culture of Chile to develop musical projects and the Prize Presidente de la República for Musical Edition for her book and CD ´New Music by Chilean composers for recorders’ (December 2014).
Currently, she is developing performance projects, exploring the impact, in practice, of the ongoing production of recorder models available for playing both early and contemporary repertory. Her aim is to understand the questions surrounding the search for or the choice of a particular instrument, and the criteria by which performers and composers make a selection. Her supervisor is Dr. Catherine Laws.
YouTube channel: Carmen Troncoso Flautista
Discography available at www.portaldisc.cl (Search by Carmen Troncoso and Ensamble Terra Australis)