VÍCTOR DE LA ROSA • Clarinet & Bass clarinet
Víctor enjoys a busy freelance career as an orchestral musician, chamber music, contemporary music projects and teacher. He received degrees in performance at the ESMuC and a Master at the Royal College of Music of London with top marks. He also specialised in bass clarinet with the late Harry Sparnaay.
As an orchestral musician, Victor has been guest principal clarinet with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé Manchester, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cadaques Orchestra, Palau de les Arts Valencia Opera House & Liceu Barcelona Opera House. He has also played with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and numerous productions as bass clarinet with the Liceu Opera House in Barcelona. Moreover, he has been member of festival orchestras such as Verbier, Lucerne and Castleton, and he played at the first YouTube Orchestra. All this experience has let him work with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Sir Colin Davies, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniele Gatti, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, etc.
A keen recitalist and chamber musician, he has played in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana, L'Auditori de Barcelona, Auditorio 400 of Queen Sofía Museum, Mendelssohn Remise in Berlin or Spïkeri Hall in Riga. He has been artist in residence both in La Pedrera (Gaudi's House) and L'Auditori in Barcelona. Victor made his debut with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in 2016 playing the Copland Concerto. Other concertos include the Artie Shaw, Magnus Lindberg and op.73 by Weber.
His love for contemporary music has let him premiere near 50 pieces for clarinet, bass clarinet, ensemble and chamber operas. Victor is founder member of CrossingLines Ensemble, a reference for new creation in Spain.
As a pedagogue, he has lectured at the Royal College of Music and Cairo American University. He has recently given masterclasses in Hong Kong. Currently, Victor is clarinet professor at the Balearic Islands Conservatoire and is the Artistic Director of the Mallorca Summer Academy. Victor is also d'Addario Artist and Buffet Crampon Artist.
ANDREW MARRINER • Honorary Professor (online lessons)
Andrew became principal of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1986 following the footsteps of the late Jack Brymer. During his orchestral career he has also maintained his place on the worldwide solo concert platform alongside an active role in the field of chamber music.
He first played with the LSO in 1977 under Sergiu Celibidache and as guest principal on their 1983 world tour. He later also became principal clarinet of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields.
As a soloist Andrew has been a regular performer in London, both at the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. His extensive career abroad has taken him to La Scala Milan, La Fenice Venice, the Musikverein in Vienna and across the USA and Australia, recently to Melbourne for Concertos by Mozart and Douglas Weiland with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
He has also enjoyed playing with many other international groups over the years: these include the Chilingirian, Lindsay, Endellion, Moscow, Warsaw, Orlando, Sine Nomine and Belcea string quartets. He has also worked with some of the most distinguished individuals in the world of chamber music such as Alfred Brendel, Andre Previn, Andras Schiff, Lynn Harrell, Stephen Isserlis, Emmanuel Ax, Hélène Grimaud, and with the late Vlado Perlemuter and George Malcolm.
Andrew has recorded the core solo and chamber clarinet repertoire with various record companies including Philips, EMI, Chandos and Collins Classics. His concerto appearances are regularly broadcast by the BBC. Recent recording projects include Ronald Corp’s Clarinet Quintet with the New London Orchestra and Howard Blake’s Clarinet Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and The Academy of St Martins in the Field for Pentatone, due for release in 2013.
Andrew is in demand as a teacher and woodwind consultant and gives masterclasses, coaches orchestras and adjudicates competitions all around the world. He is visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded an Hon. Ram in 1996.
GERHARD QUARTET • Resident Quartet
’Impeccable. The constantly shifting focus from one instrument to another and emotional intensity emerged from the meticulous attention to detail’ Tim Homfray, The Strad (UK)
’Mastery and cohesion' Le Monde (FR)
’Hugely impressive debut' 4 stars****' The Guardian (UK)
’Vitally important disc' 5 stars*****' Rheingold Magazine (UK)
’The special feature of the Quartet Gerhard is its bright intensity and expressiveness that penetrates the deepest secrets of music...They should be an example for any young ensemble’ I. Waltenberger, Online Merkel (DE)
’If the Quartet Gerhard can now produce such a wonder, what could come in the future?’ Asier Vallejo, Revista Scherzo (ESP)
The Quartet Gerhard has the main roots in Basel (Rainer Schmidt), Berlin (Eberhard Feltz) and Madrid (Günter Picher). Prize winners of several national and international competitions, they take part in venues such as the Chamber Music Series at the Stadt-Casino Basel (Switzerland), the Bordeaux String Quartet Festival and Radio France Festival Montpellier (France), the Mozartfest Würzburg and Musikfest Heidelberger Frühling (Germany), the Musikamera series in La Fenice (Italy) the 'Palau de la Música' and Chamber Music Series L’Auditori (Barcelona) and the Muzenforum Concerten Bloemendaal (Holland), among others. It is also remarkable their commitment to music of new creation, appearing in important venues such as the CNDM series in Madrid, Nuit de la Création in Aix-en-Provence and in the series of the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna.
Among other long term projects stands out the String Quartet Academy in Vic (Barcelona), founded by Gerard Claret and Cuarteto Casals. Within this academy they are once per year involved as teachers in the task of conveying the beauty of chamber music making.
Their performances have been broadcasted by Catalunya Radio and RNE (Spain), NDR and SWR (Germany) on a regular basis.
Among their discography we can find the CD-Album ‘Portrait’, and an acclaimed by the critics release with music by Kurtág, Schumann and Berg under the prestigious label of Harmonia Mundi International.
Further engagements include a residency in Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, also a residency in the world-reknowned ‘Palau de la Música’ in Barcelona, and their participation in the String Quartet Biennale Amster.
Gerhard Quartet is formed by:
LUIS CASTÁN // violin
JUDIT BARDOLET // violin
MIQUEL JORDÀ // viola
JESÚS MIRALLES // violoncelo
Visit at: gerhardquartet.com