by December 31, 2023
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Highlights from Orpheus at The Cartagena International Music Festival 10th anniversary celebration. Recorded in January 2016, Cartagena, Colombia.
Concert Duration: 26 minutes
Concerto for Harp and Strings (mvt. III)
Emmanuel Ceysson, harp
Cello Concerto in F Major
Santiago Cañón-Valencia, cello
by December 31, 2023
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Attn: Kristen Wesloh
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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Chosen amongst 70 others of his best peers in a totally blind and anonymous audition process, he will start as the new Los Angeles Philharmonic Harpist under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in September 2020. This new exciting symphonic position comes after almost 15 years playing opera in the pit, as Principal Harp: first with the Opéra National de Paris, a job he won aged 22, and then for 5 full seasons with the legendary New York MET Opera Orchestra.
Born and raised in France, he was admitted unanimously as a student of the prestigious Paris Conservatoire when only 16, and then managed to collect the highest international distinctions and prizes in the course of 10 years :
thus securing a press acclaimed solo career, as recitalist in major concert venues like Carnegie Zankel Hall, Wigmore Hall, Salle Gaveau, Munich Gasteig, Wiener Konzerthaus, Hyogo concert hall,
and as soloist with orchestras such as Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, RAI Orchestra Torino, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquesta Filarmonico de Bogota...
He also took part in important music festivals all over the planet including the Cartagena Music Festival, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, the Hong Kong Premiere Performance, the Caramoor summer season...
As a recording artist, his wide discography covers solo, chamber music and concerto harp repertoire with labels such as Naxos, BR klassik, Naïve, Aparte, and received praises from the specialized press.
Finally, he also invests lots of time teaching masterclasses worldwide, holds a Visiting Professor position for the next 3 years at the Helsinki Sibelius Academy, and teaches a harp studio at the Mannes School of Music.
Santiago Cañón-Valencia has been praised as one of the most promising young cellists of his generation. Born in Bogotá in 1995, his major musical mentors have been Henryk Zarzycki in Colombia, James Tennant in New Zealand, and Andres Díaz in the United States. He is currently pursuing his Professional Studies degree with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Kronberg Academy for Young soloists.
Winner of the Silver Medal and “Audience Favourite” Award at the 2019 XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition and the 2018 Starker Foundation Award, Mr. Cañón-Valencia has been a fixture of the International Cello Competition scene for many years. He was awarded third prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition 2017 in Brussels. He is also a First Prize winner of the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, Beijing International Music Competition, Gisborne International Music Competition, and Lennox International Young Artists Competition. He was also a major prize winner of the Sphinx, Casals, Johansen, Cassadó, and Adam cello competitions.
Mr. Cañón-Valencia made his orchestral debut as a soloist when he was six years old with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá. Since then, he has appeared with all the major orchestras in his native Colombia and his international solo career has taken him around the world to perform with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, Brussels Philharmonic with Stephane Deneve, St Petersburg Philharmonic with Nikolai Alexeev, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Janos Kovacs, Moscow Soloists with Yuri Bashmet, The Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie with Frank Braley, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester with Clemens Schuldt and Antwerp Symphony with Muhai Tang, among others.
Highlights of his 2019-2020 season include a tour around Japan and Korea with Tokyo Symphony, Japan Century and Yamagata symphony orchestras, as well as returning performances at the Cartagena International Music Festival, concerto appearances with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá and Filarmonica de Medellín and debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall, Mecklenburg Vorpormmern and Kronberg Academy festivals.
Passionate about new music, Mr. Cañón-Valencia will be responsible for Carlos Izcaray’s world premiere of his Cello Concerto alongside Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Santiago also premiered Jorge Pinzón’s Cello Concerto Rapsodia a los 4 Elementos at the Cartagena Interational Music Festival 2019. He was also responsible for the Colombian premiere of Ginastera’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia as well as premiering Gulda’s Cello Concerto in Auckland, New Zealand with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra.
Recording for the Atoll label in New Zealand, his debut CD Solo has been internationally acclaimed by the Strad Magazine. Recent recordings include Russian cello sonatas and popular pieces of the cello repertoire with pianist Katherine Austin.
Mr. Cañón-Valencia has been sponsored by the Mayra & Edmundo Esquenazi Scholarship through the Salvi Fundation since 2011.