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Lourdes Santiesteban

Escaping Cuba
Video Description: 

It took 52 years for the US to re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba. During that time, Lourdes and many others fled to escape oppression. She will share her journey to the United States and her unforgettable roots to Cuba.

At age seven Lourdes Santiesteban’s talents took her to the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana where she participated in chamber groups both as a soloist and in four-hand performances of works by Cuban and international composers as part of the educational program of music at the Conservatory in Havana where she finished the Elementary school seven years later.

At the National School of Art in Havana (Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana), she received Piano and Orchestral Conducting Master degrees

Lourdes began her professional teaching career as a Piano Professor in 1978 and in 1983 was appointed Professor of Chamber Music in the Elementary School of Music “Alejandro Garcia Caturla”. By 1987 she was appointed Piano Professor, Vocal Coach and taught Chamber Music classes. From 1987 to 1990 she was Master of Repertoire in the Zarzuela Theater “Gonzalo Roig” of the Grand Theater of Havana. In 1989 Toured as pianist and accompanist, at the Spring Festival of Prague, Czech Republic. In 1990 toured 23 cities in Italy as music associate and pianist in the operettas “Dona Francisquita” and “La Viuda Alegre” (The Merry Widow) with distinguished soloists: Maribel Ferrales, Cuban soprano and Jesus Li, Cuban tenor. In 1991 she debut as Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of Camagüey, Cuba performing West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. In 2000 she conducted the orchestra from the Escuela Nacional de Arte featuring Cuban singer and composer Pablo Milanés. Lourdes arranged a selection of themes from Milanés’ recording, “Dias de Gloria”. That same year she Performed her composition “Sinceramente F.G.L.” in 21 cities in Spain. The composition was based on Flamenco music which she researched, arranged, and composed for the Spanish Ballet of Liszt Alfonso. The music was written to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.

In 2003, Lourdes Conducted the Youth Orchestra “Tempo” and the National School of Ballet performing several Scores at the International Teaching Meeting. In 2004-2005 performances in collaboration with the International School of Ballet under the direction of the distinguished Master Alberto Alonso with musical direction by Lourdes Santiesteban. Numerous appearances with the Santa Clara Symphony, Cuba; the Provincial Band, Havana, Cuba; the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra, Matanza, Cuba. From 1998-2006 she conducted the National Youth Orchestra "Tempo" from the Escuela Nacional de Arte ( National School of Art ). “Tempo” also trained and played with the Youth Orchestra of Barbados.

During Lourdes Santiesteban’s career she has conducted distinguished soloists like, Niuka Wong, soprano, Humberto Bernal, tenor, Angel Abel, Cuban violinist who was awarded a full scholarship to Juiliard, Pedro Lavirgen, Spanish Tenor, the renowned Victoria de los Angeles, soprano and the gloriously gifted Cuban-American Coloratura Soprano, Elise Gutierrez.

Distinguished teachers who have touched and nurtured Lourdes’ talent are Valery Kamishov, Jorge Labraña, Harold Gramatges, Yury Avlerin, Russian conductor and Jorge Lopez Marin, student of Aram Khachaturian.

Her Orchestral Repertoire runs a full page, single spaced; Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Khachaturian, Moussorsky, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Wagner, Weber, and more. Including Ballets, Operas, Pops Repertoire and Zarzuelas.

But that’s not the whole story. The best is left for TEDxFlourCity 2015.

Orchestral Conductor