Oriol Sans is an emerging young conductor who has performed with orchestras across Europe and America and studied with some of the most acclaimed contemporary maestros and musicians. His recent engagements include guest conducting the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the New Mexico Philharmonic in 2012.
A native of Catalonia, Spain, Oriol began his musical career as a student at L'Escolonia de Montserrat in the renowned boys' choir. He went on to study Orchestral and Choral Conducting at the Barcelona Conservatory where he received the school's Honors Award in both specialties upon graduation. Following his training in Spain, Oriol brought his studies to the US with maestro Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan, where he received his Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting in April 2008 and his Doctorate in Musical Arts in August 2011.
Oriol has been an assistant conductor to maestros Kenneth Kiesler, John Nelson, Jerry Blackstone and Martin Katz with several orchestras and projects, including a production of the Damnation of Faust by Berlioz in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris for their concerts in the Festival de Saint-Denis and in the Théatre des Champs-Elysées.
Oriol was the recipient of the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship for promising instrumentalists, conductors and composers as well as a scholarship granted by the Agustí Pedro i Pons Foundation for upper level musical studies. He has complemented his conducting training by attending master classes in Spain, Austria, Germany, England, France, Canada and the US. In addition to his degrees in music, he also holds a Bachelor's degree in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and completed graduate courses in musicology at the Autònoma of Barcelona University.
As a faculty member at the Mollerussa School of Music, Lleida Conservatory, and Lleida University in Catalonia, Oriol was music director of several groups, choirs and orchestras. He was the music director of the University of Michigan Campus orchestras from 2008 to 2010, and he currently holds the position of Music Director of the Life Sciences Orchestra since 2010. He conducted performances of two opera productions, Eugene Onegin and Marriage of Figaro in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Most recently, in November 2011, he was appointed the music director of a full production of Verdi's Falstaff, which was received with rave reviews from the local press. In addition to his engagements as a conductor, Oriol also works as the score reader for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for their webcast series.
Oriol Sans, LSO Music Director