The Pianist, Harpsichordist and Webmaster of this site, Alessandro Santoro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He took a Master's degree in piano performance at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He recorded Claudio Santoro's First Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Samara. He continued his education by studying the harpsichord with Jacques Ogg at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he obtained a further Master's degree.
He performs in Europe and Brazil as a member of ensembles such as La Petite Bande, The Orchestra of the 18th Century, La Sfera Armoniosa and Den Haag Baroque Orchestra of which he is a founder.
In 2000 he conducted The Symphony Orchestra of Brasilia in a program featuring the complete Brandenburg Concertos. He recorded J. S. Bach’s Matthew–Passion and C. Ph. E. Bach’s Magnificat with the Den Haag Baroque Orchestra, and 11 cd’s and a DVD with the Baroque Orchestra of Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
His Cd recording (label Ramee) with Luis Otavio Santos, violin and Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda, viola da gamba with Leclair’s Violin Sonatas was awarded with the Diapason D'Or in 2005.
He is a member of the teaching staff of the International Summer Course in Brasilia and of the International Early Music Festival of Juiz de Fora. From 2001 to 2006 he was guest teacher of basso continuo and ensemble coaching at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
At the present moment he is harpsichord and basso continuo teacher at the EMESP at São Paulo, Brazil
more information at www.santoro.mus.br