Graduate orchestral conducting student Santiago E. Osorio has been named as a winner of the Philharmonic Orchestra's Concerto Competition. He will play the first movement of Béla Bartók's Viola Concerto, Sz. 120, BB 128 with the Philharmonic in October, 2014. Santiago is an orchestral conducting student of Gerardo Edelstein and a viola student of Timothy Deighton.
Born into a musical family and with an international background, Santiago is pursuing a diverse musical career. As a violist, he has performed in the Festival de Música de Cámara and the Orquésta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, the New York String Orchestra, and served as co-principal of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in 2011. He has appeared as soloist with the Jóven Orquésta y Coro de Centroamerica, where he has also served as assistant conductor and teacher. 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.
Santiago’s teachers include Samuel Rhodes and Stephen Wyrczynski, and he has performed in masterclasses for such eminent musicians as Kim Kashkashian, Gérard Caussé, Atar Arad, Roberto Diaz, and Yuri Bashmet at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. He currently serves as principal violist of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and the Williamsport Symphony, and he participates in the Penn State Chamber Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble. Santiago holds a bachelor's degree in viola performance from The Juilliard School.