A Short Bio

Mexican classical guitarist Santiago Lascurain has an extensive experience as a solo, chamber and ensemble performer. Although in recent years his focus has been upon 20th century and contemporary aesthetics, his training in the broad classical repertoire and his contact with diverse teachers and specialists allow him to feel at home performing a wide variety of styles. His inborn curiosity, analytic qualities and sensitive musicality result in insightful and exciting interpretations and performances that have taken him around Mexico and Europe. He has performed in Mexico at the Museo de Bellas Artes, for Radio Opus94 and in the XXXIX Festival Cervantino, as well as in The Netherlands at the Spiegelzaal in the Concertgebouw, at the Incubate Festival, and in Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Spain, France and Poland.

He graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2002, where he studied with David Tanenbaum, and in 2005 he moved to The Netherlands, where he obtained a diploma at the Maastricht Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. There, his teachers were Carlo Marchione and Enno Voorhorst, respectively. He has taken lessons from Bart van Oort and David Kuyken, as well as masterclasses with Pepe Romero, Paul Galbraith, Pavel Steidl, David Russel and Marcos Socías, among others.

Santiago currently lives and teaches privately in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Ensemble Modelo62

He is a member of Ensemble Modelo62, which is regarded as one of the leading young contemporary music ensembles in The Netherlands. Modelo62 plays regularly in Holland, and has toured Germany, UK, Norway, Argentina, Belgium and Mexico. It is an exceptionally international ensemble whose musicians eagerly engage with the conceptual and sonic side of composed music and bring compositions to life with energetic performances. Modelo62 combines ambitious programming with a high level of virtuosity. 

With Ensemble Modelo62 Santiago has had the wonderful opportunity to take part in the creative processes of composers who have written or are writing for it such as Gilius van Bergeijk, Diderik Wagenaar, Janco VerduinSantiago Santero, Hugo Morales, Ezequiel Menalled and, more recently, Francisco López.

Collaborations

His interest in contemporary music has taken him to work together with composers in the creation of new works for guitar. This has resulted in a Guitar Concerto by Alejandro Orozco, a piece for guitar and percussion by Alex Jiménez, a piece for guitar and tape by Alejandra Hernández, recorded in 2011 and, in the coming months, a work for two guitars and electronics by Hugo Morales.

Together with composer and guitarist Santiago Gutiérrez Bolio, he is co-director of SOUNDS OF MEXICO, a platform for the promotion of Mexican classical music and the collaboration with international artists that has presented over 3 concert series and 30 concerts in about 8 countries.

Since 2009 he plays regularly with Dutch mezzo-soprano Natascha Morsink. Their repertoire spans from Renassaince and Baroque to 20th century and contemporary compositions