Carlos started his musical studies in Colombia. He then moved to Canada to continue at the University of Ottawa, where he completed a Bachelor in Music and a Masters of Music in performance. He also holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.
Carlos has studied conducting in England. Carlos is a strong advocate for music within the community.
Carlos Bastidas has over 10 years of experience in conducting and teaching both symphonic and band groups. He has worked with orchestras, nationally and internationally.
Carlos has performed as a bassoonist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony, Abbotsford Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Hull Chamber Orchestra, and the advanced Training Orchestra in North Carolina.
Carlos is an active freelance conductor with community orchestras and ensembles in Latin America, USA and Canada. He is currently the Music Director of the Ontario Pops Orchestra in Toronto ontariopopsorchestra.com and the Durham Chamber Orchestra in Whitby, Ontario durhamchamberorchestra.com
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