Jaume Santonja


Assistant Conductor: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Founder: AbbatiaViva music collective

Recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra CBSO, Jaume Santonja has lead concerts with the Orquesta de Extremadura, ADDA·Simfònica from Alicante, Orquesta de Córdoba, Spanish National Youth Orchestra JONDE, the Antwerp Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is the founder of AbbatiaViva music collective (Belgium) and has a regular collaboration with the Orquesta de Extremadura OEX (Spain). 

Apart from the intense collaboration with the CBSO in Birmingham, highlights of his next engagements include debut concerts in the subscription series of the RTVE Orchestra in Madrid, the Orquesta de Extremadura and the Antwerp Symphony.

Recently Jaume has obtained remarkable results at different international conducting competitions including the second prize at 'V Concurso de Dirección Orquestal' in Córdoba (Spain).

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

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

2018-19 season (January 2019) – Short version for program booklets. Not to be altered without permission. Please contact us if this biography is out of date.