Oriol Sans


Guest conductor from the United States

With energy and an exceptional musical maturity, Catalan conductor Oriol Sans stands out as an emerging young artist. He has performed with orchestras in America and Europe, and studied with some of the most acclaimed contemporary maestros and musicians. His most recent engagements include guest conducting the San Juan Symphony in Durango (Colorado), the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara (Mexico), the Santa Fe Symphony, and the New Mexico Philharmonic. Oriol has been an assistant conductor to maestros Kenneth Kiesler, John Nelson, Jerry Blackstone, Martin Katz, Andrew Grams, and Leonard Slatkin with several orchestras and projects, including a production of the Damnation of Faust by Berlioz in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris for their concerts in the Festival de Saint-Denis and in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Catalonia, Spain, Oriol began his musical career as a student at the Escolania de Montserrat, the renowned boys' choir. He went on to study Orchestral and Choral Conducting at the Barcelona Conservatory, receiving the school’s Honors Award in both specialties upon graduation. Following his training in Spain, Oriol brought his studies to the United States with maestro Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan, where he received his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting in 2008 and his Doctorate in Musical Arts in 2011.

Oriol was the recipient of the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship for promising instrumentalists, conductors, and composers as well as a scholarship granted by the Agustí Pedro i Pons Foundation for upper level musical studies. He has complemented his conducting training by attending master classes in Spain, Austria, Germany, England, France, Canada and the United States. In addition to his degrees in music, he also holds a Bachelor's degree in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and completed graduate courses in musicology at the Barcelona Universitat Autònoma.

As music director of several groups, choirs, and orchestras in Catalonia, Oriol led as a faculty member at the Mollerussa School of Music, the Lleida Conservatory, and the Lleida University. He was the music director of the University of Michigan Campus orchestras from 2008 to 2010, and he held the position of Music Director of the Life Sciences Orchestra from 2010 until 2013. His operatic experience includes Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Verdi’s Falstaff. In addition to his engagements as a conductor, Oriol also works as the score reader for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for their webcast series.