Joshua Dos Santos
assistant conductor to Gustavo Dudamel
Simon Bolivar Orchestra
Joshua Dos Santos stands out as one of the most internationally renowned young conductors following his international debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York for the Voices from Latin America Festival, at the Mahler Project, with the Simon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, as a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his many performances in South America, the United States Asia and Europe.
Dos Santos, a disciple of maestro José Antonio Abreu, has gained recognition for his versatility and experience on the podium. He developed his music skills within the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela. He made his conducting debut at the age of 15, with Pietro Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana. He has worked as Music Director for the Vargas state Symphony Youth Orchestra (2001-2002), and carried out an intense social, managerial, and music work with the Carabobo Symphony Youth Orchestra (2002-2009).
During the 2010-2011 season, he went on a national concert tour including a stop in the XVI Latin American Music Festival in Caracas, where he led the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) in the world premiere of various Latin American works. Dos Santos has mastered the universal contemporary repertoire, and regularly conducts Venezuelan and Latin American works as a means to promote their diffusion. He has performed as orchestra conductor in comedian Emilio Lovera’s “Emilio Lovera Sinfónico” show (2006), in Huáscar Barradas symphonic tour “Inéditos” (2009-2010) and world renowned flutist Pedro Eustache (2012).
Last year, Dos Santos also conducted the World and U.S. premiere of several works commissioned by the Carnegie Hall, as well as new compositions for the 17th edition of the Latin American Music Festival. He has also worked closely with maestros Charles Dutuoit, Neeme Järvi, Pablo Heras-Casado, conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra no less five times for the “Youth Concerts” series at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Dos Santos also collaborates on a regular basis with maestro Gustavo Dudamel as assistant conductor during the SBSO’s international tours.
Joshua Dos Santos was recently applauded as the only Latin American artist who has conducted the Łódż Philharmonic Orchestra during the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski at the Lutoslawski Centenary Week in Poland. Dos Santos was born in Caracas. He spent his childhood in Valencia, where he was awarded the title of “Young Person of the Year” by regional newspaper “El Carabobeño”.
He received his music education in the Gustavo Celis Sauné Music Center of the Carabobo State University, the Carabobo Music Conservatory, and the Sebastián Echeverría Lozano Music School. He was also a member of the cello section of Venezuela’s National Children’s Symphony Orchestra, participating in concerts across Europe and Latin America