ANIBAL DOS SANTOS
Portuguese violist born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1963. He began his musical studies at early age in his native city with Gianfranco Farina and Mario Mescoli. At age 18 he travels to Philadelphia, PA to study with renowned violist Joseph de Pasquale, obtaining his degree in 1988 at the Curtis Institute of Music.
During his school years he appeared as a soloist with Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the American Bartok Society awarded him a special price for his performance of the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Dos Santos has been soloist with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo, Orquesta Municipal de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guatemala, Orquesta Sinfónica del Valle, Orquesta Sinfónica de Antioquia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia, Orquesta de Cámara de Colombia, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá Orquesta do Norte (Portugal) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina.
In 1995 he played a recital in the historical Boesendofer Soul of Vienna, Austria and recorded the three Gamba Sonatas by J.S. Bach with harpsichordist Sergio Posada.
Since 2002 Mr. Dos Santos has been invited regularly as Professor in Residence by the University on Nothern Iowa, where he has played recitals with pianist Sean Baltkin, played chamber music concerts with the residence quartet and given master classes.
Mr. Dos Santos appeared with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.A. in February of 2005.
In May of 2007, Anibal Dos Santos did the premier for the Americas of the Viola, Tango, Rock Concerto by Benjamin Yusupov with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, Ricardo Jaramillo, conductor and Gina Medina, dancer. This concert became one of the most important musical events in the region and the premier DVD recording of the work was made in 2009 for Navona Records.
In 2011, Mr. Dos Santos made his debut in Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Playing the Walton Viola Concerto with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, conducted by Eiji Oue.
In the summer of 2015,he playedrecitalsin Barcelonaand Vilaseca, Spain and he wasthe guest of honor at the Saillagouse chamber music festival inthe south ofFrance.
In the following years he has appeared with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, guest artist at the Cedar Rapids Viola Festival (Iowa, USA) and the Latin American Premier of the Miklós Rósza Viola Concerto, accompanied by Stefen Vladar.
In September 15, 2017, Anthony Tommasini from the New York Times, made a reference in his column to the 2011 performance of the Walter Piston Viola Concerto played by Anibal Dos Santos with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra.
Anibal Dos Santos, plays on the legendary viola made by Sergio Peresson for Joseph de Pasquale in 1967 and that he played on it for over thirty years.
He is currently the principal violist of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and professor at the National University of Colombia.