Joaquín Clerch

Joaquín Clerch

Joaquín Clerch is an uncommonly gifted musician. His playing is technically outstanding and highly poetic, and his intellectual capacity for understanding the problems of early music performance is extraordinary.” (Nikolaus Harnoncourt)

Joaquín Clerch has won many important guitar competitions: Andres Segovia competition in Granada, the Heitor Villa-Lobos competition in Rio de Janeiro, Printemps de la Guitare in Brussels and the ARD competition in Munich.

He has played in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Palacio de la Música (Barcelona), Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Granada), Teatro Nacional (Havana), Cemal Resit Rey (Istanbul), Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne), Brucknerhaus (Linz), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Münchener Philharmonie (Munich), Radio France (Paris), Beijing Concert Hall (Beijing) and Konzerthaus (Vienna). He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as: the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sinfónica Nacional de España, Nacional de Cuba, Filarmónica de Bogotá, Stuttgarter Philharmonie, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, National du Capitole de Toulouse and Filarmónica de Gran Canaria. With the latter he made the world premiere recording of two guitar concertos dedicated to him by Leo Brouwer (Concierto de la Habana, 1998) and Carlos Fariñas (Concierto, 1996). Both composers were teachers of Joaquín Clerch. Joaquín Clerch is also in demand for performances of chamber music with Ruggiero Ricci, Eliot Fisk, Anthony Spiri, Gunter Teuffel... Since 1999, Joaquín Clerch has held a professorship of guitar at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf.