Luis Otavio Santos  

Luis Otavio Santos  Born in Brazil, LUIS OTAVIO SANTOS comes from a family of musicians, and began musical studies at an early age – fi rst on the piano, then on the violin. His interest in baroque music took him to the Netherlands in 1990 to study baroque violin at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag with Sigiswald Kuijken, and harpsichord with Jacques Ogg. Since 1992 he has been a principal member of the baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, where he is now soloist and concert-master. He has made many recordings with the group, and has also joined concert tours in Europe, China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. He also works with other well-known early music groups in Europe, such as Ricercar Consort (Philippe Pierlot), and Le Concert Français (Pierre Hantai). In 1999 he recorded the Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord for the Dutch CD label Brilliant, and in 2005 received the Diapason d'Or for his recording of Jean-Marie Leclair sonatas for the label Ramée. From 1997 to 2001 he was professor of baroque violin at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Italy. Luis Otavio Santos was also a guest teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, as assistant to Sigiswald Kuijken, from 1998 to 2005. In his home country he is the Artistic Director of the Festival Internacional de Musica Colonial Brasileira e Musica Antiga de Juiz de Fora – an annual event now in its 23rd year – which is taking decisive steps towards the preservation and teaching of early music practices in South America. His recordings of Brazilian Colonial Music were awarded the Brazilian Ministry of Culture's IPHAN prize for the preservation of Brazil's heritage and cultural past. At the moment he is the director of the early music department of the School of Music of São Paulo (EMESP), where he also teaches baroque violin. He received a doctorate in music from UNICAMP (University of Campinas), and he is increasingly being invited to conduct modern orchestras in Brazil, in repertoire ranging from opera to the symphonic.

Violin Concertos

Jean-Marie Leclair
Violin Concertos

Luis Otavio Santos, violin
Les Muffatti
Peter Van Heyghen, direction

5 Diapasons   Toccata CD of the month

Catalogue No.: RAM 1202
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Jean-Marie Leclair, Sonates pour le Violon avec la Basse Continue Jean-Marie Leclair

Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo
(Fourth Book)

Luis Otavio Santos, violin
Alessandro Santoro, harpsichord
Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda, viola da gamba

Diapason d'or

Classica, 9 de Répertoire

Catalogue No.: RAM 0403    >>BUY THIS CD

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