Gerardo Salazar is Principal Timpani and Principal Percussion with the Chile Symphony Orchestra, percussion instructor with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Juvenil de Chile, Music Director of OSNJ Percussion Ensemble and Associate Professor of Percussion at Chile Catholic University. He has played under Maestros Gabor Otvos, Dale Clavenger, Roberto Abbado, Maximiano Valdes, Edoardo Muller, and Maxin Schostakovich. In college he won the Amigos del Teatro Municipal Gant and completed his Bachelors in Music Performance at the Universidad de Chile. He studied with Miguel Zarate, Principal Timpani with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago. He has appeared as a soloist and recitalist in different music festivals in South America and the U.S. In 1997, he received the Andes Foundation Grant to attend the Performance Residency Program at Carnegie Mellon University. There he finished his Masters degree in Music Performance as a student of Timothy Adams JR., Principal Timpani with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While in Pittsburgh, Salazar played with other musical organizations such as the Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra and the River City Brass Band. In 1998 he won a grant from his homeland's Ministry of Education to make his first master recording called Siegel, a work of masterpieces for percussion and piano by Latin American, North American and European composers. He Attended the Cloyd Duff Class and Residence and Percussion Workshop with Alan Abel from Philadelphia Orchestra. Since 2000, Mr. Salazar has been playing as a soloist in the most important summer musical festival in South America called Semanas Musicales de Frutillar. He is Currently working on his second recording as a soloist called "Chilean Music for Percussion"