Vicente José Santiago Santiago
Since very young and before he even played guitar, Vicente José Santiago had the chance to be surounded by the flamenco atmospher since he was born in a Spanish gipsy family. During his childhood he learned the rhythms and the codes of flamenco at reunions and parties often celebrated in a gipsy family. In addition, Vicente José Santiago complemented this knowledge with his studies at school and conservatory.
Vicente José Santiago Santiago started playing guitar at the age of 11. After his classical guitar studies at the Conservatory of Cartagena, Spain, he moved to Cordoba to specialize in flamenco music at the Superior Conservatory Rafael Orozco. His teachers were some of the most prominent Spanish flamenco players; Manolo Franco, Niño de Pura, Paco Serrano, Gabriel Exposito and others.
In 2012 he received a scholarship to study at the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands, where he studied flamenco guitar with the living legend Paco Peña.
In order to complete his musical training, he has taken masterclasses with other top international musicians such as Leo Brower, Paul Galbraith or Manolo Sanlúcar.
All through the years, Vicente José Santiago has been playing as a soloist and an accompanist to singers and dancers throughout Spain. He has played in some of the most important flamenco festivals such as Flamenco Biennale, The Netherlands, and Festival de Cante Flamenco de Lo Ferro, Spain. He has composed music for choreographers such as Javier Latorre.
Vicente has been performing in several countries such as Spain, Holand, France, Denmark, Germany, Chile, Belgium, Luxembourg or Switzerland.
Nowadays Vicente José Santiago is based in the Netherlands. He is performing with different projects such as “Entre dos Mundos” accompanying the flamenco dutch singer Luna Zegers, or his own Project “Memorias” with original music.
Besides his facet as a concert musician, Vicente José Santiago is also a guitar teacher. His curiosity has led him to start up his own flamenco tablao called “Tablao Flamenco Los Canasteros” which is currently hosted by the concert hall “Matrix”, in Rotterdam.