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GERARDO ESTRADA

MEXICO AND VARIOUS TERRITORIES

 

He was born in Caracas in August 1980. He studied violin and percussion at the “Emil Friedman” Conservatory and the Juan José Landaeta Conservatory in Caracas. He holds degrees in Orchestral Conducting (with distinction) from the Royal School of Music of London, and from the Minsk State Conservatory, Belarus. He has been a disciple of Rodolfo Saglimbeni among others.

He has been part of several orchestras in Venezuela and has been the founder of various groups, both popular and academic. He was the founding director and director for 4 years of the Bolivarian Orchestra of Carabobo State. With this orchestra he carried out extensive artistic work, performing concerts in the most important stages of Venezuela, interpreting a varied repertoire and participating in events of various kinds such as the opening ceremony of the 2006 Caribbean Series, the inauguration of the Copa América for special children and the Carabobo Sacred Music Festival directing Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem. He has acted as guest conductor of different orchestras in Venezuela, highlighting his performances at the head of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela and the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, together with distinguished soloists of international renown. He has been distinguished with the "Battle of Carabobo" Order in his 1st class, gold medallion, with the Juan José Mora Order in his 2nd Class, grand commander, he was also decreed "Distinguished Visitor" by the Municipality of Barahona in the Dominican Republic and distinguished with the golden button of the Royal Academy of Music of Valencia, Spain.  

 

He has also been guest conductor of different orchestras at an international level, highlighting a close collaboration with the Belarusian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra (of which he is a permanent guest of honor) and the Mogilev Symphony Orchestra (Belarus), in addition to having performed at the head of different formations such as the State Symphony and the Presidential Orchestra of Belarus, the Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum of Trier (Germany), the Symphony of Cusco (Peru), the Symphony of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (Mexico), Orchester der Wiener Tonkunstvereinigung (Vienna-Austria), Wallersee Philharmonia (Salzburg-Austria), Philharmonic Orchestra of Czsestochowa (Poland), Moscow State Symphony (Russia), Avanti Symphony (Cyprus), Danube Symphony (Hungary), Lisbon Philharmonic (Portugal) , and National Symphony of Paraguay, among others.  

 

For the first time in Belarus, he has conducted numerous works by Venezuelan and Latin American composers, thus contributing to the dissemination of the musical heritage of his continent in distant lands. He has directed the productions of Tchaikovsky's “Nutcracker” (November 2013-December 2014) and Adam's “Giselle” (March 2014) at the Minsk Academic Musical Theater. As a composer he has a wide catalog that includes symphonic music, chamber music and sacred music, highlighting his Bicentennial Rhapsody premiered in Minsk in 2010 and successfully performed on several occasions inside and outside Venezuela. In September-October 2014, he toured Latin America conducting concerts with the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo, the Loja Symphony in Ecuador, the San Juan de Pasto Musical Training Network Symphony in Colombia, where He also taught a master-class in orchestral conducting and the Entre Ríos Symphony in Paraná, Argentina. Also in September of that same year, he was a finalist in the International Contest for Orchestral Conducting “Black Sea Conducting Competition” in Constanta, Romania and winner of the Orchestra Award. In May 2015, he was the winner among more than 80 conductors from around the world of the first place “Batuta de Oro” in the International Contest for Orchestral Conducting 3.0 organized jointly by institutions from Spain and Paraguay.

 

Between February and March 2016, he toured the Dominican Republic with 6 concerts leading the Capella Santo Domingo (orchestra created under his tutelage and of which he was head) along with soloists Nathalie Peña-Comas, Eva María Santana and Evelyn Pena-Comas. In the same month of March, he conducted Antonín Dvořák's Requiem at the head of the Orchestra and Choir of the University of Minho together with prominent Portuguese soloists at important sacred music festivals in Coimbra, Braga and Guimaraes (Portugal). In August 2016, he won Second Place and the Special Prize for the Orchestra at the Danube International Conductors Competition in Budapest, Hungary.

He currently resides in Spain.

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