Jaume Santonja


Associate Conductor: Euskadiko Orkestra/Basque National Orchestra
Assistant Conductor: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Founder: AbbatiaViva music collective

Jaume Santonja is recently appointed as Associate Conductor of the Euskadiko Orkestra (Basque National Orchestra) in San Sebastian. Since 2018 he’s also Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). 

Jaume got great success on his debuts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the RTVE Orchestra of Madrid as well as in his first subscription concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra into his centenary season celebration:
“Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7 is wonderfully deft and deceptively simple, with dark undertones; like Dickens’ writings on childhood. Santonja balanced ebullience, the lashings of percussion and the final madcap gallop, with pathos; its quiet ending with death as the winding down of a music box mechanism.”- Slipped Disc  

Jaume was selected among the four most promising young talented conductors to participate in June 2020 to the exclusive masterclasses with Iván Fischer and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Next engagements will bring him in front of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano LaVerdi, National Orchestra and Chorus of Madrid (OCNE), Euskadiko Orkestra (EO), Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Málaga Philharmonic, South Netherlands Philharmonic, Bilkent Symphony, Opera North Orchestra in Leeds, Phion-Orchestra of Gelderland & Overijssel, among others.
Jaume is the founder of the AbbatiaViva music collective.

Santonja has seen success at various international conducting contests and holds a Master of Music (Conducting) from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium) and a Master of Music (Percussion) from the Amsterdam Conservatorium (Holland). He studied for his Bachelor's degree at ESMuC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain).

As a player, Jaume is a former solo-percussion of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (Belgium) and had the pleasure to collaborate with world-class orchestras such as the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, among the others. There he had the privilege to play under conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Daniele Gatti, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, Andris Nelsons, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Essa-Pekka Salonen etc. As a student, he was member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

Jaume has also an activity as a music arranger and orchestrator, as well as a composer for chamber music works (another of his passions).

2020/21 season (October 2020) – Not to be altered without permission.