Santiago Salazar Simmonds

Santiago Salazar Simmonds
  • Graduate Diversity Fellow
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Strings Performance - Violin

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Born in Bogotá, Colombia, awarded violinist Santiago Salazar has developed a career as an orchestra musician, concertmaster, chamber musician, and soloist as well as an educator and producer. Santiago has performed in acclaimed venues around South America, Europe, Russia, and the United States. As an educator, Santiago has been part of projects such as the Classical Music Institute in San Antonio Texas, the String Project at Missouri State University, the Collaborative Piano Institute at Louisiana State University as well as teaching for Missouri State University, The University of Kansas, and maintaining an active private studio. Santiago joined the School of Music at KU in 2022 as a doctoral student. Santiago has since then been a Diversity Fellow for the SOM, seeking to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone in the community.