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Gerard Claret, Chairman

Gerard Claret

He was born in Andorra in 1951. Throughout his professional career, he has become known for his dual role as a performer and educator.

Winner of the Tenuto Competition of the Belgian Radio and Television, and medalist of the international Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, he has performed with orchestras in Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, former Czechoslovakia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan. He has been conducted, among others, by Antoni Ros Marbà, Edmon Colomer, Josep Pons, Jacques Mercier, Rudolf Barshai, Peter Maag, Veronika Dudarova, Yehudi Menuhin, Sergio Comissiona, Ignacio Yepes, and Marzio Conti.

He is the founder of the Barcelona School of Music, the International Music Course of Vic, and the Barcelona Trio, with whom he has recorded works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak.

From 2000 to 2005, he was the director of the ESMUC (Superior School of Music of Catalonia).

He was the artistic director of the International Narciso Yepes Festival in Ordino until 2018 and of the Crèdit Andorrà Foundation (Principality of Andorra) until 2019.

In 1993, he founded the National Classical Orchestra of Andorra and served as its concertmaster and conductor until 2020. In 2000, he created the National Chamber Youth Orchestra of Andorra.

From 2007 to 2012, he was a tutor in the music department at Trivium, a performing arts center in Sant Julià de Lòria.

In 1998, he was awarded the Cross of St. George by the Government of Catalonia.

In 2010, he was appointed the national ambassador of UNICEF Andorra.

Currently, he directs the International String Quartet Academy of Vic and is the creator, artistic director, and concertmaster of the Diletant Orchestra of Catalonia. He also continues to teach violin at the Andorra la Vella Music Institute, where he has been a professor since its foundation in the 1980s.

Recently, he formed the Claret Trio with his sons Sergi and Jordi, and they have performed in Andorra, Catalonia, and Costa Rica.

Josep Majoral Obiols