Santiago Canon Valencia

Birth date

May 9, 1995




Born in Bogotá. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Waikato in New Zealand (studying under Prof. James Tennant). He is currently pursuing advanced studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas (USA) under Prof. Andres Diaz. He has won many awards and competitions such as the National Concerto Competition in Christchurch (New Zealand, 2012, first prize), the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition in Dallas (2014, second prize), and the Pablo Casals International Competition in Budapest (2014, third prize). He has performed with orchestras in Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, and Hungary. Since he moved to New Zealand (in 2007) he has given more than 100 concerts throughout the Pacific Ocean region with pianist Katherine Austin. At the age of 16 he recorded his début disc with pieces by Gaspar Cassadó, Alberto Ginastera, György Ligeti, and Zoltán Kodály. Upon its release in 2013 it was very favourably reviewed by music critics.

Santiago in pictures