- Beethoven





Musical Biography

Acclaimed as “A rising young star!” by the Bridgeport Symphony, Oscar Bustillo has conducted orchestras across North America, Europe and China. His energetic performances were hailed by audiences and critics as: “Brilliant,” “Smash hit,” and “Best of the year.” He is just at home with Johannes Brahms as with Jerome Kern, Baroque as with Swing. His sold-out concerts in Sarasota led to adding additional performances to the light classical/pops series, Great Escapes, which he led and programmed.

Oscar was Music Director of the North Miami Beach Symphony, Purchase Chamber Orchestra, Florida West Coast Youth Symphony, and was Assistant Conductor to the Florida West Coast Symphony (now the Sarasota Orchestra) and the Bridgeport Symphony. He was guest conductor to the Guanxi Orchestra in China, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bozeman Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Norwalk Youth Symphony, Cannon Music Camp Orchestra, and the Kharkov Opera and Symphony (Ukraine), where he conducted the premieres of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Fanfare for the Common Man in that part of the world.

Oscar is experienced with ballet and opera, having conducted staged performances of The Nutcracker, El amor brujo, and La Traviata, and is well versed with musical theater in New York and California, where he directed productions of Grease, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, Ragtime, Caroline or Change, as well as staged scenes from Broadway warhorses such as Les Mis, Jekyll and Hyde, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera. His music lectures in Sarasota, “Classical Conversations” led to repeated requests to speak about music while showcasing his pianistic abilities.

As a pianist, Oscar has appeared in solo recitals, chamber musician and with orchestras in New York, California, Florida, Tennessee, Maine, Maryland and Virginia. He participated in the live rounds of the 1995 National Chopin Competition. He has also served as accompanist to the Westchester Choral Society (NY), and the Shrewsbury Chorale (NJ).

Oscar is deeply committed to working with young musicians and seeing the next generation of prominent instrumentalists and composers make their mark. He was selected to conduct the Cannon Music Camp Orchestra in North Carolina, one of the country’s preeminent summer camps for the young, as well as asked to write special scripts for educational concerts throughout the country. He has adjudicated youth competitions, and has always maintained a private studio of talented piano students. Some of the students he has coached have gone on to institutions such as Juilliard and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

More recently, Oscar directed his musical energies to composition. He already conducted and recorded his first orchestral piece, Sound Dances, with the Florida West Coast Symphony. In 2009 he earned First Prize in the statewide contest of the Music Teachers Association of California Film Scoring contest. He is currently working on Four Impromptus for solo piano, as well as his First Piano Concerto, to be debuted by the Riverside Community Orchestra (CA) in 2013.

Oscar was born in New York to exiled Cuban parents, and studied with prominent conductors such as Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Institute, as well as Marin Alsop, Jorma Panula, Daniel Lewis, Donald Thulean, James Farrer, Pinkas Zucherman, Jesse Levine, Jorge Mestre, Joanne Falletta, Kenneth Keisler, and Michael Jinbo.




Florida West Coast Symphony, 2005-2006

During his years in Sarasota (2003-2006), Oscar programmed and conducted concerts for the popular Great Escapes series. In his second season demand was such that audiences insisted on additional performances, which the orchestra happily obliged. Encore, Encore!


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