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Performer: Jaume-Blai Santonja Espinos

Biography

Jaume-Blai Santonja Espinos is about to finish his Master’s Degree in Conducting at the Royal Conservatorium of Antwerp (Belgium), under the tutelage of professors Dirk de Caluwe and Ivo Venkov. During 2015 Jaume was one of the Assistant Conductors of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), participating in Curso de Dirección e Interpretación de repertorio lírico with Cristóbal Soler as teacher and assisting Juanjo Mena in several projects during that year.

Nowadays Jaume is Assistant Conductor of the Orquesta Joven de Extremadura OJEX (Badajoz, Spain) and conducts the Antwerpen based youth Orchestra SJOE (Symfonisch Jeugdorkest Edegem). Last November he was one of the semifinalists at the ‘Antal Doráti International Conducting Competition’ (Budapest).

To complete his education as a conductor Jaume has attended several courses and masterclasses in England and Spain with teachers such as Jose Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana, Enrique García Asensio, Achim Holub and Cristóbal Soler.

Since 2011 Jaume is Principal Percussionist of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborates regularly as an extra-player with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam) and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Rotterdam).

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