Biography 

Jaume Santonja is at his second season as Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Previously, Jaume had been combining his position of principal percussionist from the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra with his orchestra conducting activity.

 

Jaume has lead concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Siciliana (SSO), Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA), Orquesta de Extremadura (OEX), Orquesta de Córdoba (Spain), ADDA·Simfònica from Alicante, Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), Antwerp Symphony Youth Orchestra (Antwerps jeugdorkest), Orchestra of Utrecht's Conservatory and Antwerp's Conservatory Orchestra. Jaume is founder of the AbbatiaViva music collective.  

 

Next engagements will bring him in front of the Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española (RTVE, Madrid), The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) into his first centenary season celebration, La Verdi Orchestra Sinfonica from Milan, Orquesta de Extremadura (OEX) and the Antwerp Symphony in Belgium.  

 

Jaume has obtained  remarkable results at different international contests for conducting. Was awarded second prize at 'V Concurso de Dirección Orquestal' in Córdoba (Spain). He was one of the selected candidates for the final fases of the 2016 'Donatella Flick Conducting Competition' in London.

 

Jaume holds a Master of Music - conducting from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium) and a Master of Music - percussion from the Amsterdam Conservatorium (Holland). Studied his Bachelor at ESMuC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain).

 

As a player Jaume had the pleasure to collaborate with World-Class orchestras such us Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra or the Spanish National Orchestra among others. There he could play under conductors like Mariss Jansons, Daniele Gatti, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, Andris Nelsons, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Essa-Pekka Salonen etc. As student was member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

 

Jaume has also activity as music arranger and orchestrator, even a small number of compositions, mainly for chamber music (other of his passions).