Colombian-Canadian Carlos Bastidas has been Music Director of the Durham Chamber Orchestra since September 2016.
In 2015, Bastidas added the Music Directorship to his role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ontario Pops Orchestra, which he founded in 2014, catapulting the orchestra to sold out concerts.
Bastidas has worked with many leading Canadian ensembles and enjoys close collaborations with the Etobicoke Centennial Choir, Ave Choir Toronto, Durham Singers Choir and the Swansea School of Dance in Toronto among others.
He has appeared conducting at Open Doors Toronto, at Classical 96.3 FM and at the official opening of the “Canada 150” Celebrations by the City of Ajax.
Highlights of the 2017 season include: a “Canada 150” anniversary celebration performance of “Popular Canadian Classics” sponsored by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Government of Canada; conducting the Ontario Pops Orchestra and accompanying Canadian Juno-nominated vocalist Heather Brambrick; Beethoven’s Emperor piano concerto with young virtuoso Melody Wang; conducting the Durham Chamber Orchestra in Sarasate’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and The Nutcracker Suite, a performance with Ballet dancers to a sold out audience; and the Vivaldi Bassoon concerto in E major with soloist Nadina Jackson, a former Montreal Symphony Orchestra bassoonist.
Bastidas conducted the Canadian premier of works by Italian Composer Mauricio Nasi, “Vortex”, and by Canadian composers including Paul Alexander’s “Peggy’s Medicine”, James Moffett’s “Orchestral Suite #1” and Meghan Cheng’s “The Escape”.
Bastidas studied bassoon, composition, conducting and chamber music at the University of Ottawa before going on to study orchestral conducting at England’s Sherborne School of Music.
His honours include principal bassoonist for the advanced training orchestra at the Brevard Music Centre in North Carolina, USA (1990), Winner of the Kiwanis music competition woodwind category, Canada (1991).
"Carlos is a leader on and off the podium. Not only does he program and conduct multiple orchestras, but creatively, he pushes the performance envelope with a vision of how to cultivate the next generation of classical music lovers.”
- Leanne Wright, VP Communications, The New Classical FM/ZoomerMedia Limited
Mozart, The Magic Flute
Mozart, Symphony #38, #39, # 40
Dvorak, Symphony #9
Beethoven, Symphony # 5, # 6, # 9
Mendelssohn, Violin concerto in E minor
Debussy, La Mer
Vivaldi, Bassoon Concerto “la notte”
Howard Blake, The Snowman
Plau, Concerto for Tuba
Dean Burry, Hockey Cantata
James Moffet, symphonic Suite Canada (conducted the premier of the work in Canada)
Rossini, William Tell Overture
John Williams, movie scores
Symphonic Pop Music, various scores