Brazilian violinist Cármelo de los Santos was the first prize winner of the IV “Júlio Cardona” International Competition, held in Covilhâ, Portugal, in 2003. He also received the special prize for the best interpretation of the required Portuguese work.
In 2002 Cármelo performed at the prestigious Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, both as a soloist and a conductor.
Cármelo won the first prize at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. He came into prominence in 1993 when he won Brazil’s most prestigious music competition, the “VII Eldorardo Prize,” São Paulo. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist and as a recital player with major orchestras in Brazil and South America.
Mr. de los Santos began his violin studies at the age of nine. He graduated from Rio Grande do Sul Federal University, Brazil where he worked with Fredi Gerling and Marcello Guerchfeld, and came to the United States in 1997 to study in New York at the Manhattan School of Music with Sylvia Rosenberg. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia, having studied there under the Russian violinist Levon Ambartsumian.
Cármelo was born into a family of Theosophists. He joined the Theosophical Society in 1993 and has been an active member since then in his lodge in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He joined the Atlanta Lodge of the Theosophical Society in April of 2002 where he remains a member today.