JORGE SOTO was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He is a product of El Sistema, an innovative program that uses classical music as a vehicle for social change. He began his musical studies in Venezuela at the Vicente Emilio Sojo State Conservatory, and later studied violin at the Latin American Academy of Violin under Rhio Sanchez and José Francisco Del Castillo. In the United States, he has studied with Sophie Vilker, Janne Malmivaara, Peter Sulski, and Timothy Schwarz.
Mr. Soto is a founding member of the Simón Bolívar National Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has also performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Mr. Soto remains very active in El Sistema in Venezuela, where he teaches violin, coaches chamber music, and conducts orchestras around the country, including serving as a guest conductor with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has guest conducted the Arkansas Youth Symphony and collaborated with the orchestras at Assumption College and Clark University.
Mr. Soto’s conducting mentors include Harold Farberman, Gustavo Dudamel, Eduardo Marturet, Stephen Tucker, Jani Telaranta, and Charles Peltz. He holds a Master of Music in conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a Bachelor of Music in violin performance.
In December of 2015, Mr. Soto assisted Maestro Gustavo Dudamel in the preparation of Puccini’s Turandot with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.