Biography

 

Interview for Interkultur Latin America

The choral composer Santiago Veros was born on March 10, 1990 in Ciudad Jardín, Buenos Aires, Argentina . When he was 6 years old, he began to study popular music, developing into jazz. During his adolescence he made several presentations in public with his jazz quartet.

In 2008 he moved to the city of La Plata to study composition at the Faculty of Fine Arts in the National University of La Plata.

While getting his degree, he presented several performances of outstanding works, including a fugue and a work for Snare Drum and Guitar called “Guerra en el cardal“. At 21 years old, he was requested by the Teatro Argentino de La Plata to perform the live musicalization of films that would be screened in the second edition of the Rec Film Festival.

Beginnings in choral music and global expansion

 

At the age of 23 he started writing choral acapella music, and from there he started writing music that ranges from choral commissions for children’s choir in the municipality of Pilar (province of Buenos Aires), to Tersum Canticum in Chile, Youth Choir of Marinilla in Colombiaand the Beneco Chorale Competition in Philippines.

 During 2017 he premiered works in the USA with choirs such as the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and CANTALA, Lawrence University Women’s Choir with Phillip A. Swan.

In that same year he also worked with Amici from Lumine Choir in South Africa. The premiere of his Crucifixus was on March 3, 2018, in the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Conference in Washington DC. performed by the Central Bucks High School-West Men’s Choir with Joseph Ohrt as conductor.

Santiago Veros Premieres his Alleluia with the choir “Vocal de Cámara Platense”

During 2018 he has premiered works in Taiwan with the Chien-Kuo High School Choir. On April 1 In the USA, the Vocal de Cámara Platense, conducted by Fernando Tomé at the St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford, premiered one of Santiago Veros’ most important works, Alleluia.

Also worth mentioning is the virtual choir with singers from all over the world with his work “Cuando Neruda Soñó”, which was released on July 20, 2018.

Santiago as clinician

Santiago also gives music training workshops. Recently, in February 2018, he gave a workshop to a group of advanced students in the city of Mercedes, Uruguay. For 3 days these students were able to create their original works that were then sung by the same group of students at the end of the course. The experience served to learn about composition, singing, and assembling new choral repertoire.

Experience in Europe Cantat


 Cantus Novus Femina Epilogi making the world premiere of Almas de Barro at the Europa Cantat Festival

On July 29, 2018, Santiago became the first Argentinian composer to premiere a work at the prestigious Tallinn Festival in Estonia of Europe CANTAT with Cantus Novus Femina Epilogi from Cyprus. This incredible choir, directed by the great Angelina Nicolaidou, has plans to team up to make several works with Santiago. Among them, as already announced, is the recording of an official video of the work “Almas de Barro” during the month of September 2018 and the realization of a work called “O crux” and the emblematic “O Magnum mysterium”.

Collaborations with great poets.

Currently Santiago is dedicated to full-time composition and, together with the legendary poet Charles Anthony Silvestri and the talented Ronald William Cadmus,is teaming up to make some collaborations, and is actively seeking choirs or consortia of choirs to commission works.