Biography

Santiago Bosch was born and raised in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, in 1987. After the first years of his life as a music lover and listener, inspired and influenced by his father, saxophonist Jaime Bosch, he began studying piano at the age of 9. During that time, he received former education in classical music/piano training, but after two years, the weight and influence that jazz, jazz fusion and improvised music had on him since a very early age, made him quit the classical school to dedicate entirely to practice at home by ear, listening to the records of his favorite musicians over and over again. By age 15 he started composing music and also playing professional gigs, participating in album/recordings with diverse artists around the country, an experience that contributed to be a big part of his integral music education.

In 2011, he graduated from UPEL-IPB University in his hometown Barquisimeto, Venezuela, earning professor's degree in Music Education.

In 2015 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts, earning a Piano Performance Major, bachelor degree. At Berklee he received a full Scholarship from the school to cover the cost of tuition. During his experience there, he participated in various musical activities as a sideman and bandleader, including trips, concerts, recitals, and recordings. He was also part of the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute from 2014 to 2015. During his first years at Berklee College of Music, He was also sponsored by probably the most famous and biggest insurance company in Venezuela, named Seguros Universitas. He was named as the Musical Ambassador of the company, in which he received financial support to remain in the US for several years and got invited to play concerts at important private events for the company in Venezuela.

In 2017 he graduated Suma Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music, this time as a graduate student, earning a Master Degree in Contemporary Jazz Performance at the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Once again, he received a full Scholarship from Berklee to cover the cost of this program.

He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts

Professional Performances/artists/musical experiences

 

He participated as a sideman and bandleader at the Barquisimeto´s International Jazz Festival, Venezuela, from 2006 until 2010. This festival has featured groups and musicians such as: Dennis Chambers, Jeff Berlin, Scott Henderson, Yellow Jackets, Caribbean Jazz Project, Edward Simon, Stanley Jordan, Dave Valentin, Jason Marsalis and many others.

In 2010, he traveled to the U.S. as a cultural ambassador sponsored by the State Department of the United States (representing Venezuela) in a cultural exchange program on the Roots of American music. He took part in various musical and educational activities with musicians from all over the world, doing performances and receiving master classes in Chicago, Nashville and Washington D.C, giving a final concert at the prestigious Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Washington D.C.

 

He has also participated in other important jazz festivals, venues and important stages such as: the Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Washington DC with the US Embassy american roots program (2010), Barranquilla Jazz Festival with Oscar Stagnaro + Berklee (Colombia 2012), Heineken Jazz Festival with Eguie Castrillo's Berklee band (Puerto Rico 2013), Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-cola, New York City (with Donald Harrison and Berklee Students 2014, and 2015 with the Berklee Global Jazz institute (BGJI) and John Patitucci), The side door with Donald Harrison + Berklee Students (Old Lyme, CT 2014), Cambridge Jazz Festival (with Fernando Huergo and Carlos Averhoff Jr, 2016), the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Festival with Jim Odgren and Dave Santoro (2016) and the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival with Terri Lyne Carrington + BGJI (2016)

  

He has also been featured in live performances, master classes and recordings with artists such as Tucker Antell, Dave Santoro, Jack DeJohnette, Antonio Sanchez, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Elliot Mason, Jim Odgren, Donald Harrison, Darren Barrett, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Hal Crook, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lionel Loueke, Chris Cheek, Esperanza Spalding, John Patitucci, Tia Fuller, Nir Felder, Jason Palmer, Oscar Stagnaro, Fernando Huergo, Rick Dimuzio, Tim Miller, Nate Wood, Evan Marien, Cliff Almond, Ari Hoenig, Sam Mineaie, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Jeff Ballard, Carlos Averhoff Jr, Guillermo Kelin, John Lockwood, Fernando Freitez Gassán, among others.