Maria Guinand (Venezuela)
María Guinand is a choral conductor, university professor and leader of many choral projects both nationally and internationally. Frequently invited as conductor and teacher to different events and concerts in U.S.A, Europe, Asia and Latin America, she has specialised in Latin-American Choral Music of the XXth and XXIst centuries. She obtained the ‘Kulturpreis’ (1998) of the InterNationes Foundation , the Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik (2000) and the Helmuth Rilling Preis (2009).
As a choral promoter, she is the Artistic Director of the Schola Cantorum of Venezuela Foundation, and coordinates the permanent development of choral centres for children and youth of low economic resources in Venezuela and other Latin American countries in the Project ‘Voces Latinas a Coro’, sponsored by the Andean Corporation Bank (CAF) and also advises in a similar project the ‘Palau de la Música’ (Barcelona,Spain). She also founded the ‘Academia Bach de Venezuela’ in close relationship with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and the ‘Academia Nacional de Canto Gregoriano’. As conductor of the ‘Polar Foundation Choir’ she has actively contributed to the development of choral music in private enterpirses. She served for 12 years as Latin American Vice-President of the ‘IFCM ‘and she is currently Advisor to the Board. She was also a member of the ‘International Music Council’ (UNESCO). She is editor of the series “Musica de Latinoamerica” by Earthsongs Editions and of several publications by Carus Verlag.