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Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
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Santiago Medina is considered one of the most outstanding and versatile violinists in Latin America. His career in the fields of classical music, historical performance practice, and popular music from Colombia and Latin America lead him to maintain an intense artistic activity as a soloist, chamber music player, and member of acclaimed ensembles. A prize winner at national and international competitions, he has offered concerts in the most prestigious halls and festivals in Europe and has acted as concertmaster with groups such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra and the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Born in Bogotá, he studied violin with Antonia Kapitanova at the Music Conservatory of the National University of Colombia and later moved to Germany, where he studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with Gezá Kapás and later at the Universität der Künste Berlin where he graduated under the guide of Nora Chastain. He completed a master's degree in Early Music and studied the baroque violin with Midori Seiler and Nadja Zwiener, graduating with the highest marks. Parallel to his activity as a musician, he has also developed a career in cultural management. He completed a master's degree in Public Administration at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and between 2015 and 2019 he served as a diplomat at the Colombian Embassy in Germany where he was in charge of the areas of Culture and Press and Communications. Upon his return to Colombia he held the position of Regional Manager for Bogotá at the Fundación Nacional Batuta. After holding teaching positions at the Innsbruck Conservatory, the Sergio Arboleda University, and the National University of Colombia Conservatory, he is currently a full-time professor at the Music Department of the EAFIT University in Medellin. Likewise, he serves as concertmaster with the Bogotá Baroque Ensemble and as first violin of the Q-Arte Quartet, an ensemble acclaimed for its focus on music by Latin American composers. Parallel to his professional activity, he currently pursues a Doctorate in Music with an emphasis on Performance Studies at the University of Aveiro.

Doctoral Project

Inside and outside;before,during and after.Case study on the design of a concert and the management of its socio-emotional aspects

Clarissa Foletto and Bruno Pereira

This artistic research project takes the concert as object of study and experimentation. The concert is a type of musical performance strongly rooted in Western European tradition that was initially directly related to the so-called "classical music", but it has expanded to other genres and sociocultural contexts. The great transformation undergone by societies around the world in which the concert keeps its legitimacy as an artistic experience, alongside with globalization and post-colonial discourses, has inspired much reflection and discussion about the structure of the concert as it has been proposed in the tradition of Western European music.
When reflecting on the concert, we normally consider those elements directly linked to the production of the ordered code of sounds that we conceive as music. However, the concert as an experience and as a social phenomenon comprises a broad spectrum of aspects that shape the way in which each of its participants experiences it and gives it meaning. Although many of these elements are present during the moment and within the space in which the music takes place, many others are located inside, outside, before or after.
The understanding of the concert as a broader framework than what is traditionally conceived constitutes the starting point of this research project. In this sense, it aims, from the perspective of artistic creation and academic knowledge, to explore the possibilities of this approach regarding the way in which people experience music, understood as a phenomenon associated not with objects or works but to human relationships, and which therefore comprises a great socio-emotional content.
This project proposes an artistic and performative intervention based on an explanatory model of the comprehensive concert experience. This allows the exploration of the links between artistic creation, musical performance and the socio-emotional aspects that affect the people who participate in this experience.