Maria Umbert Franco
Maria Umbert Franco obtained in 1993 the Professional Guitar Degree, Honorable Mention, at the Municipal Music Conservatory of Sabadell. In 2000 she obtained the Higher Title of Guitar, at the Municipal Conservatory of Music of Barcelona (EL BRUC).
From 1980 to 2000 she trained with professors Fernando Quiroga and Manuel González. She then took master classes on guitar taught by internationally renowned teachers, such as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, José Tomás and Hopkinson Smith. He also has a Modern Guitar Training with Professor Oriol Valero. Since 2018 she has been doing a Suzuki Guitar Method Training with Professor Núria Cervantes.
She has been a guitar teacher in many schools and has also trained students for conservatories. She has been a teacher of chamber groups: duets, trios, quartets and guitar quintets, as well as director of instrumental ensembles: guitar groups and mixed groups with other instruments. She has also conducted guitar orchestras (performing in Catalonia and Germany) and has been a teacher in summer colleges, organized by the school, aimed at promoting orchestral practice. She has created, adapted and arranged scores for individual guitar, chamber groups and orchestras with the Finale sheet music editing program.
She has taught guitar lessons with the Suzuki Method from the 2018-2019 academic year.
She has been a member of the "Camera XXI" quartet of guitars, performing in Catalonia (Palau de la Música Catalana de Barcelona, Cau Ferrat Museum in Sitges, Churches of Sant Pau del Camp and Sant Pere de les Puel·les in Barcelona, Domènech and Muntaner Museum in Canet de Mar). Se has also performed in Germany, Italy and Sweden, performing repertoire of Spanish and Cuban music and commissioned pieces for the quartet.
Since 1996 she has been a member of the guitar duet "All'Aria" with the guitarist Núria Cervantes (Spanish and South American music repertoire).
She has also been a member of the "Barcelona Guitar Ensemble" guitar octet formed by guitarists of different nationalities and led by guitarist and composer José Ignacio López, and has been a member of the "Mediterranean Music Trio" (training for two guitars and keyboards) , performing repertoire of jazz standards, musicals, etc.
Since 2015 she has been a member of the duet for voice and guitar with soprano Marta Casals. She has also performed in private events with all the aforementioned groups in different emblematic spaces, such as MACBA in Barcelona, Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Colònia Güell de Sta. Cervella dove, etc.
She has collaborated with theater groups in Barcelona: works by M. Martí i Pol and "El Petit Príncep".
She has won the First Prize at the Chitarissima Festival in Saluzzo (Piemonte, Italy) in 2004 with the "Camera XXI" Guitar Quartet. All the students presented for the Conservatories of Barcelona (Liceu and Municipal Conservatory) have always achieved very good results, gaining a place in the aforementioned centers.