Born into a musical family, Santiago E. Osorio is pursuing a diverse musical career as a conductor, violist, and teacher. He recently gave his professional conducting debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes in Mexico. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Osorio began his musical studies at the age of three with the violin before going on to study the viola. As a violist he has been a member of the Berlin Sinfonietta and the New York String Orchestra, co-principal of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and served as principal of both the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and Williamsport Symphony. He has appeared internationally as assistant conductor, viola teacher, and soloist with the Joven Orquesta y Coro de Centroamérica in El Salvador and Honduras, and as a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City. His awards include the Prix d’Instruments à Cordes from the Écoles d’Art Américaines in Fontainebleau, France, and he was a semifinalist in the 2013 Sphinx Competition.
In 2015 he completed studies in conducting at the Pennsylvania State University. While there he served as assistant conductor of the Penn State Orchestras and led the university’s Campus Orchestra. Performances included Penn State Opera’s production of Little Women (Mark Adamo, 1998), appearances conducting the Penn State Chamber and Philharmonic Orchestras and as soloist with the Penn State Philharmonic, as well as recitals as both violist and conductor.
A keen believer in historically informed performance practice, Mr. Osorio served as assistant conductor of the Penn State Early Music Ensemble. While at Penn State he founded the Penn State Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, which supports the performance of early music in and around the university. Under his leadership, they were able to invite the renowned ensemble Florilegium to perform and work with students at the university. He has studied baroque violin and viola with Cynthia Roberts, and played in Juilliard415, the Juilliard School’s baroque orchestra. He is currently the rehearsal assistant for the Kleine Barockband in Berlin.
Mr. Osorio has participated in masterclasses with Maestro Lior Shambadal and the Berlin Sinfonietta, and for such eminent violists as Kim Kashkashian, Ani Kavafian, Gérard Caussé, Atar Arad, Roberto Diaz, and Yuri Bashmet at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. He holds a degree in viola from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet, and a Master of Music degree in conducting from the Pennsylvania State University under the tutelage of maestro Gerardo Edelstein.