About Me

Hi! I’m Carlos Andres Botero. Thanks for stopping by.

I started this project following two of my passions: orchestral music and transforming audiences. In this series of short videos I attempt to give new tools to avid listeners while guiding newcomers into a steady and comfortable enjoyment of the wonders of music.

My life mission is to change the lives of young artists and positively impact communities through the making of music. My roles include Resident Conductor for the national youth ensemble of Colombia, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, leading these talented players each year in their international tour, while maintaining an active career as a guest conductor both in North and South America. I serve as orchestra consultant for Sinfónica UNAB, Aruba Symphony Academy, and Festival Esmeraldas in Ecuador, and teach at Rice University in Texas, and several universities in Colombia.  

I was born in the city of Medellín, Colombia,  obtained a High-School Diploma in Arts at the Instituto Musical Diego Echavarría in the same city, graduating with honors. I went on to receive a Bachelor of Music with honors in viola performance at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, complementing my studies in the Escuela Soto-Mesa in Madrid, Spain, the summer program of the Basel Academy in Switzerland, the Graduate program in Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and the doctoral program in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University.

I serve currently as the Musical Ambassador and Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony, Co-Host on both its Musically Speaking Concert Series and On the Music podcast.  I am also the main conductor of the Aruba Symphony Orchestra and lead the orchestra program of the American Voices Foundation’s Youth Excellence on the Stage Program in Beirut, Lebanon, and coordinate the team of researchers that delve into the Latin American symphonic music with the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia.