Maria Umbert Franco
Maria Umbert Franco obtained the Professional Guitar Title, Honorable Mention, at the Sabadell Municipal Conservatory of Music and later the Superior Guitar Degree at the Barcelona Municipal Conservatory of Music (EL BRUC). She learned with professors Fernando Quiroga and Manuel González. Later on she received guitar master classes taught by internationally renowned teachers such as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, José Tomás and Hopkinson Smith. She also has a Modern Guitar Training with Professor Oriol Valero. She is a guitar teacher at various schools in Barcelona and prepares students to enter Conservatories, always with very good results. She is a teacher of chamber groups as well: duets, trios, quartets and quintets of guitars and mixed groups with other instruments. She is also dedicated to conducting guitar orchestras with performances in Catalonia and Germany. She has been a teacher of the Suzuki Method of guitar since 2018. María Umbert has been a member of various chamber ensembles such as the “Camera XXI” guitar quartet with which they won the first Chitarissima Festival Prize in Saluzzo (Piemonte, Italy) in 2004. She is also a member of the guitar octet "Barcelona Guitar Ensemble" directed by the guitarist and composer José Ignacio López and the "Mediterranean Musical Trio" (training for two guitars and keyboard, duet for voice and guitar with soprano Marta Casals). Since 1996 she has been a member of the guitar duo "All'Aria" with the guitarist Núria Cervantes (repertoire of Spanish and South American music).