"Never met a person who can learn so fast, who is so receptive to new ideas, who could change and develop in such a short period as two weeks from the modest conductor on the first rehearsal, to the real Maestro - an artist in music with the full palette of all colors - on the last concert. Elgar´s string serenade that evening was really a wonder for both orchestra and audience. Thank you Santiago for giving us one of those moments that will be remembered for the rest of the life.”
- Irina Dziadevych (Principal cello “Liatoshynsky chamber orchestra”, Ukraine)
Santiago Piñeros-Serrano received the First Prize in the Ibague String Festival (Colombia) in 2010, which included a scholarship to attend the POI, a programme of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Now he is Music Director of the N10 Female Choir, Albert Park Singers, and Blackbird Leys Choir, he is also Assistant Conductor for Oxford Brookes University Orchestra.
Born in Bogota, Santiago began his musical education at the Colombian National Symphony Academy, where he studied piano and music theory. Following on to becoming a student at Juan N Corpas University, where he perfected his piano technique and started conducting choir and orchestra. After a year he combined piano with conducting.
He studied Vocal technique and Violin, joining shortly afterwords the Santa Cecilia Choral Society (one of the leading professional choirs in the country) and the Unimusica Orchestra.
Santiago went on to do a postgraduate degree at Bowling Green State University where he conducted the Bowling Green Philharmonia, Bowling Green New Music Ensemble, and Ad Libitum Chamber Orchestra. Keen to explore new repertoire and different ensembles, he has worked with orchestras, choirs, wind bands and chamber ensembles of different formations accross several countries.
A skilled recruiter, in 2013 founded the OSCH orchestra, which became the heart of the Huila State at its Conservatoire in South-West Colombia. Likewise, in 2015 he founded the Ad Libitum Chamber Orchestra, which brought latin american music to North-West Ohio in the USA.
Santiago conducted opera performances at the 'Ópera al parque' festival and 'Arte y opera para todos' in Colombia. Followed by appearances at the Bowling Green opera festival conducting two world premieres.
Similarly, he collaborated with Camerata Academica de Cordoba in Argentina, Colombian National Symphony Orchestra, Caldas Symphony Orchestra, Amina Melendro de Pulecio Orchestra, Lux Aeterna Chamber Orchestra, La Folia - Baroque Orchestra, Juan N Corpas Symphony and Allegro Chamber Orchestra in Colombia; Lyatoshinsky Chamber Orchestra, in Ukraine and several orchestras within masterclasses and competitions.
Alongside his career as Orchestral and Choral Conductor, the drive for innovation and analysis of musical practices converged in his debut as a workshop leader at the Latin American Forum for Music Education (FLADEM) 2013 in Neiva (Colombia), where he has been a fellow since 2013.