He moved to Germany in 1972. After acting as a solo flutist with the Philharmonic State Orchestra in Hamburg, he was a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover from 1986 to 1989. Since 1989 he has been a professor at the University of Music and performing Arts in Stuttgart. He is also a lecturer at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Mainz Villa Musica. Apart from his pedagogic and educational commitments, numerous concerts, recordings, Jean-Claude Gérard is a member of the Deutsche Bläsersolisten, the Ensemble Villa Musica and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. Since 1989, he has also been in charge of the "Musique au large" Festival of Quibéron.
Jean-Claude Gérard exported French flute school expertise to Germany.
The combination of French flute playing combined with the analytic way of German music practice made of Jean-Claude Gérard one of the most successful professors in Germany. More than 30 flutists are holding solo positions in major top orchestras in Germany and Europe. A great many former students of his are professors at German and European Universities.
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