At this point in time he is Principal Timpani and Percussion Soloist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, Associate Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Instructor of this instrument at the Fundación de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Chile, Director of IMUC Percussion Ensemble and Artistic Director of International Percussion Festival at Santiago de Chile.
Gerardo Salazar was born in Santiago, Chile and studied music at the Arts Faculty of the Universidad de Chile, graduating as Advanced Performer in Percussion. He obtained a post-graduate scholarship for the Performance Residency Program at the Carnegie Mellon University, where he completed studies for a Master of Music degree in performance with Maestro Timothy Adams. Also he is Master of Arts degree in musicology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. At that same time he attended the Symposium and Workshop: Cloyd Duff (Timpani, U.S.A.); Alan Abel (Percussion, U.S.A.); Tom Freer (Timpani, U.S.A.); Andrew Reamer (Percussion, U.S.A.) ; Jim Atwood (Timpani, U.S.A.); Efraín Amaya (Chamber Music, U.S.A.) ; Paul Evans (Percussion, U.S.A.) ; Samuel Adler (Orchestration, U.S.A.); Taku Hirano (Percussion, Japan) ; Steve Loza (Percussion, U.S.A.); Denis Colowell (Wind Ensemble, U.S.A.); Timothy Adams (Percussion Ensemble, U.S.A.) ; Eduardo Alonso Crespo (Contemporany Music, U.S.A.) ; Omar Corrado (Musicology, Argentina) ; Germán Labrador (Musicology, Spain). He won the Fondart prize which enabled him to record and publish his digital Matrix SIGEL for his first Compact Disc.
He has developed his musical career as a soloist in the United States, Perú, Bolivia, Argentina, Brasil, México, Colombia, Spain and Germany. At the same time he has worked inside the country with Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, Orquesta Clásica de Santiago, Orquesta Sinfónica Arrau. Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción, Orquesta de Cámara de Chile, Orquesta Sinfónica de Copiapó. In South America with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, Orquesta Sinfónica de Rosario, Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Santa Fé, and in the Unites States with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, The River City Brass Band, McKeesport Symphony, Mendelssohn Choir Orchestra, Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra and the West Moreland Symphony Orchestra. In chamber Music he has toured with many ensembles around Europe and Latin America. International Festivals annually participates in Contemporary Music, Guitar and Chamber Season at Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile as well as in the meetings of Composers and Percussion, where he has performed many world premieres. They will have dedicated works. He received the Victor Tevah national award for best soloist in the OSCH seasons. In outreach competitions he has participated as jury in Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile. It has assisted in seminars, roundtables, conferences presenting papers at home and abroad. In the field of study and dedication he has participated in research projects and creation.
He has worked with distinguished conductors like Gabor Otvos, Maxin Schostakovic, Samuel Jones, Dale Clavenger, Robert Page, Jean Louis le Roux, Stefan Lano, Maurizio Benini, Laurent Petit Gehrad, Michal Nesterowicz, J. Latham-Koenig and Roberto Abbado.
He has constantly given Percussion Seminars, Master Classes, and Recitals in the north, centre and south of Chile. Presentations Gerardo has done at main International Percussion Festival of Latin America.
As Profesor / Artist in Residence, he has held positions at Instituto Universitario Patagónico de las Artes and Universidad de San Juan Escuela de Música in Argentina, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas Facultad de Música in Tampico México and Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias at Tenerife Spain.
Since 2010 he joined the Music Council belonging to the National Council for Culture and Arts of Chile as performer of classical trajectory or select music.
Currently he is endorser by Mike Balter Mallets and Luft Timpani Mallets, Zildjian, Grover Pro Percussion, ProMark Sticks, Evans Head, and Mey Chair.