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Santiago Canon Valencia - Solo



Santiago moved to New Zealand in 2006 to study with the American cellist, James Tennant, and received his Bachelor of Music Soloist Specialisation from the University of Waikato with the highest honours in 2012. Since 2005 he has performed over 100 recitals around the Pacific region with pianist Katherine Austin. He has won major prizes at every international cello competition he has entered including the 2006 Carlos Prieto in Mexico, the 2009 Adam in New Zealand, the 2012 Johansen in Washington D.C. and the top prize given at the 2010 Beijing International Cello Competition.

Only 16 when these fearsome 20th century works were recorded, Santiago Canon Valencia shows why he is considered one of the most notable cellists emerging today.

Santiago Canon Valencia - Solo


“a phenomenon who is without doubt already one of the finest cellists on the world stage today”

“The iconic Saint Saëns cello concerto brought the brilliant young Columbian cellist Santiago CanonValencia to the platform and from the very first crashing orchestra chord that introduces the work one was immediately plunged into the most vivid display of virtuosity by the soloist” Robert O’Hara – St Matthews Chamber Orchestra

“An impressive debut recital, recorded at the age of 16. Everything on this disc is highly approachable, and this young cellist has all the technique and musicianship to do them justice. The final work on the programme is Kodály’s Sonata for solo cello, regarded as the most important work for solo cello since Bach’s Suites. Valencia’s performance is extraordinarily impressive by any standard.” Radio New Zealand, program The Critics Chair for 14 April 2013

“Colombian-born cellist Santiago Cañón Valencia delivers simply tremendous playing on this warmly recorded CD…. Technically flawless, he’s totally under the skin of the composers’ idioms….He has the sense of structure to let the music breathe” Joanne Talbot The Strad, 22 October 2013