Maria Guinand

Caracas-born Maria Guinand is a choral director, university professor, educator and choral project leader, who studied under the distinguished composer Alberto Grau. Guinand completed her music studies at university in Venezuela and England, where she obtained both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. She has studied under Helmuth Rilling, Luigi Agustoni and Johannes B. Goeschel.

Guinand has been awarded the Kulturpreis (1998), the Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik (2000) and the Helmuth Rilling Prize (2009). Alongside the Cantoría Alberto Grau, she won six prizes at competitions in Neuchatel and Arezzo (1989), and she was awarded three gold medals at the Linz Choral Olympics (2000) together with Orfeón Universitario Simón Bolívar. She currently directs the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and Coral Fundación Empresas Polar, and worked with El Sistema between 1980 and 2009 as associate director of choral symphony productions.

Guinand is a regular guest conductor and teacher on choral programs and at choral conducting masterclasses in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She is also regularly invited to take part in international juries. Guinand has conducted the Vlaams Radiokoor, the World Youth Choir, Gächinger Kantorei, Pro Coro Canada, Stuttgart Festival Ensemble, Houston Chamber Choir, the Japan Youth Choir, Coro Nacional de España, RTVE Choir and OSESP Choir, to name just a few.

She is currently the artistic director of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and Coral Fundación Empresas Polar. Until 2017, she was director of the Voces Latinas a Coro programme as part of the Social Action for Music project, sponsored by the CAF development bank, while she was an associate professor at the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, teaching on the Master’s of Choral Conducting course until 2018. She has also acted as president, vice president and advisor for the Latin American arm of the International Federation for Choral Music, and has been a member of the UNESCO International Music Council.

Maria Guinand

Caracas-born Maria Guinand is a choral director, university professor, educator and choral project leader, who studied under the distinguished composer Alberto Grau. Guinand completed her music studies at university in Venezuela and England, where she obtained both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. She has studied under Helmuth Rilling, Luigi Agustoni and Johannes B. Goeschel.

Guinand has been awarded the Kulturpreis (1998), the Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik (2000) and the Helmuth Rilling Prize (2009). Alongside the Cantoría Alberto Grau, she won six prizes at competitions in Neuchatel and Arezzo (1989), and she was awarded three gold medals at the Linz Choral Olympics (2000) together with Orfeón Universitario Simón Bolívar. She currently directs the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and Coral Fundación Empresas Polar, and worked with El Sistema between 1980 and 2009 as associate director of choral symphony productions.

Guinand is a regular guest conductor and teacher on choral programs and at choral conducting masterclasses in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She is also regularly invited to take part in international juries. Guinand has conducted the Vlaams Radiokoor, the World Youth Choir, Gächinger Kantorei, Pro Coro Canada, Stuttgart Festival Ensemble, Houston Chamber Choir, the Japan Youth Choir, Coro Nacional de España, RTVE Choir and OSESP Choir, to name just a few.

She is currently the artistic director of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and Coral Fundación Empresas Polar. Until 2017, she was director of the Voces Latinas a Coro programme as part of the Social Action for Music project, sponsored by the CAF development bank, while she was an associate professor at the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, teaching on the Master’s of Choral Conducting course until 2018. She has also acted as president, vice president and advisor for the Latin American arm of the International Federation for Choral Music, and has been a member of the UNESCO International Music Council.