GERRY LOPEZ

Saxophonist, composer & educator. 

BIOGRAPHY

Gerry Lopez is a Mexican saxophonist and composer living in Switzerland. He is considered to be one of the most important young musicians of his generation (Jordi Batalle, Radio France International). Having graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris in 2012, Gerry Lopez was noticed for his discipline and assiduity. He then continued his studies in Music Pedagogy at the Haute Ecole des Arts in Bern, Switzerland. He has won four international competitions that are 1st prize in the National Saxophone Competition of Mexico in 2009, 1st prize in the Pan-American Jazz Saxophone Competition in 2011, the Grand prize in the National Jazz Competition in France in 2012 and 1st prize in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Competition in Paris in 2013. Gerry Lopez has held masterclasses and conferences at the Conservatoire Didier Lockwood in France, during the Panama Jazz Festival, at the Mexico City University, the Ciudad Juarez University, the Veracruz University, the Centre Culturel MJC in Rennes and in many other institutions. Gerry Lopez is also a founder of the National Jazz Orchestra of Mexico and has collaborated along with the orchestra as artistic director from 2014 to 2016. He holds a Master's degree in composition and arrangement, and has written music for symphonic orchestra, Big Band, string and saxophone quartet, and other ensembles. Gerry Lopez is one of the representatives of the cultural field of Mexico in Switzerland and has had the opportunity to represent his country in various festivals in Europe and in the world: the International Jazz Festival of Montreux, the Jazz Festival of Copenhagen, the Jazz Festival de la Défense in France, the Saint-German-des-Prés Festival in Paris, the Rocella Jazz Festival in Italy, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Jazz à l'Ouest Festival in Rennes... He has also given many concerts within the context of cultural exchanges in countries such as Russia, Spain, Croatia, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Morocco, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala and the United States. Gerry Lopez is the first Mexican musician to be officially sponsored by Selmer Paris and Vandoren Paris. He currently has three records produced in his name: "New Generation" 2010, "FRO TRIO" 2012 (that received the title of "jazz revelation in France"), and "Celebration" released in 2017.

Recently Gerry Lopez  is the professor of the saxophone jazz class in Fribourg and Bulle Switzerland, and he is preparing the CD release of his new project called ¨The Sound of Frida¨ that will be touring around the wold during 2019/2020. 

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