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IT ALL BEGAN...

Born in Manizales, Colombia, Juan David Molano began his piano studies at the age of nine with his aunt Olga González, a former assistant of the great italian pedagogue Emilio Paracchini. He continues his studies in Bogota with Maestro Karol Bermudez and wins several first prizes in national competitions, including the Radio HJCK Piano Competition and the UIS Piano Competition. Juan David Molano received a scholarship from the Fondation Mazda in Colombia to finance his studies in Switzerland at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel as pupil of the Austrian pianist Peter Efler. Postgraduate studies for piano followed in the Swiss music conservatories of Fribourg, Geneva and Bern, where he obtained a Soloist Diploma in the class of Tomasz Herbut.

 

He has given numerous piano recitals and collaborated with renowned musicians such as Edicson Ruiz (Double bass), Alexis Cárdenas (violin), Ricardo Castro (piano), Michel Bellavance (flute), Abel Carlevaro (guitar), Philippe Savoy (saxophone) and Hanchao Jiang (saxophone). He has been invited to play as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia at the Teatro Colon in Bogota, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Orquesta Sinfonica de Caldas, Berner Symphonie Orchester, playing under the baton of renowned maestros Irwin Hoffman, Federico García Vigil and Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

 

In 2006 Juan David accepted a position as piano teacher at the Geneva Conservatory of Music. The same year he started leading an important cultural development project in his hometown Manizales in Colombia, as Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music series organised by the National University, a position he held during 6 years, organising over 50 concerts with prominent musicians from all over the world.  

Juan David Molano studied conducting at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music in the class of Hervé Klopfenstein and Aurélien Zielinski and then graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London under the guidance of Sian Edwards and Colin Metters for orchestral conducting and Patrick Russill for choral conducting.

 

He participated in master classes of major conductors: Bruno Aprea (opera), Colin Metters, Mark Shanahan (opera), Martyn Brabbins, Arturo Tamayo and David Zinman having the opportunity to conduct the Russian National Orchestra and the Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, the Joven Orquesta de Galicia, among others.

 

Principal conductor of the Edward Said Conservatory of Music from 2011 until 2013, he has led different projects with the ESNCM Orchestra such as the Concert for life and peace  in December 2011 (broadcasted by the RAI3) and Carmen (opera excerpts with international soloists and the celebrated Swiss choir St. Michel).

 

He has conducted the Kharkov Filarmonia (Ucrania), the Orquesta Sinfónica de Caldas (Colombia), the ESNCM Orchestra (Palestine), the Joven Orquesta de Galicia (España) and the Orchestra of the University of Arts in London.

 

Passionate about the opera world he has conducted and arranged for small chamber ensemble Il Segreto di Susanna by E. Wolf-Ferrari (Edited by Josef Weinberger in London), Rita by Donizetti and El Gato con Botas by X. Montsalvatge. 

 

He received the British  Gordon Foundation Award and the Henry Wood Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

 

From February 2015 until September 2017 he was the principal conductor of the Orchestre Ribaupierre in Vevey, Switzerland.

In 2017, he co-founded with Naomi Yamaguchi (soprano) the Ensemble Lycordia.

Juan David MOLANO

pianist-conductor