Gerardo Estrada

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GERARDO ESTRADA MARTINEZ

 

Was born in Caracas in August, 1980. He began his musical studies learning to play the violin and percussion. As a conductor, underwent brilliant training under maestros Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Francisco Navarro Lara having diplomas of the State Academy of Music of Minsk, Belarus and the Conducting Academy “Maestro Navarro Lara” in Huelva, Spain. He worked as a musician in various orchestras of Venezuela, and also is the founder of musical groups and ensembles playing both popular and academic music.

 

Conductor, the founder of the Bolivarian Symphony Orchestra of the state of Carabobo. With this orchestra Estrada carried out wide concert and tour activity, performing with various repertoire on the main stages of Venezuela, taking part in such events, as the opening ceremony of the International Caribbean Baseball Championship (Serie del Caribe 2006), the opening ceremony of the Cup of America for handicapped children, and the Festival of Sacred Music of the state of Carabobo where the maestro conducted Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem.

 

He performed as a guest conductor with different orchestras, such as the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela and Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, besides he worked with world famous soloists.

 

Mr Estrada was awarded the Battle of Carabobo 1st class medal, Gold medallion, Juan Jose Mora 2nd Class Medal, the Grand Commander Order, was also proclaimed a Distinguished Guest of the city of Barahona in the Dominican Republic and awarded the Gold Button Order of the Royal Academy of Music in Valencia, Spain.

 

He was the Culture Secretary of the state of Carabobo from 2006 to 2008. Currently he is a corresponding member of international cooperation of the Royal Academy of Music in Valencia, Spain.

 

Gerardo Estrada took part in masterclasses of famous teachers at the international level.  He was a guest conductor of orchestras of various countries of the world.  The maestro had especially close cooperation with Belarusian Radio and Television Broadcasting Company Symphony Orchestra (permanent guest conductor) and the Symphony Orchestra of the city of Mogilev, Belarus (Honorary Concductor).  Estrada directed the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Belarus, the Presidential Orchestra of Belarus, the Symphony Orchestra Collegium Musicum of the University of Trier (Germany), the Symphony Orchestra of Cuzco (Peru), Orchestra of Wiener Tonkunstvereinigung (Vienna), Wallersee Philarmonia (Salzburg), International Youth Symphony Orchestra (Spain), National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay, Moscow City State Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Czsestochowa (Poland), Lisbon Philarmonic Orchestra (Portugal), etc.

 

For the first time in Belarus Gerardo Estrada conducted works of Venezuelan and Latin American composers, promoting his musical heritage far from his Motherland.

 

Estrada conducted the ballet "Nutcracker" of P. I. Tchaikovsky (November, 2013) and "Giselle" of Adolph Adam (March, 2014) at the Belarusian State Academic Musical Theater of the City of Minsk.

 

As a composer Gerardo Estrada has an extensive catalogue of works which includes symphonic, chamber, sacred works, especially "Rapsodia Bicentenaria" should be noted. The premiere of this work took place in Minsk on April 19, 2010, and further it was performed on various stages, both in Venezuela and outside it.

 

In September-October 2014, Maestro Estrada has a tour in Latin-America conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo, the Symphony Orchestra of Loja in Ecuador, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of San Juan de Pasto in Colombia and the Symphony Orchestra of Entre Rios, Argentina.

 

In September of 2014, Gerardo Estrada was finalist of the “Black Sea Conducting Competition” in Constanza, Rumania and won the Orchestra Prize.

 

 In May 2015, Maestro Estrada won the first prize “Golden Baton” over less than 80 conductors worldwide, in the International Conducting Competition 3.0, organized in collaboration between Spain and Paraguay.

 

Currently Gerardo Estrada works as First Secretary of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Republic of Belarus and Coordinator of Simon Bolivar Latin American Cultural Center in Minsk.


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