Born in the city of Medellín, Colombia, Carlos obtained his High-School Diploma in Arts at theInstituto Musical Diego Echavarría in the same city, graduating with honors in 1997. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Music with honors in viola performance at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, a Master of Music degree from the Escuela Soto-Mesa in Madrid, Spain, and a second Master of Music- Viola Performance degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He completed his academic load (ABD) from the Doctoral program in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University in 2011.
Carlos strives to change young musician lives through music making. He serves as Orchestra Consultant, Music Education Lecturer, Guest Conductor, and String Clinician for theBatuta Foundation, Sinfónica Guillermo Uribe Holguín, the IMDE youth orchestra, and the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. He is also Assistant Conductor for the National Youth ensemble, theFilarmónica Joven de Colombia, leading this talented players last summer in their first international tour in Colombia and Brazil, sharing the podium with the new music director of Houston Symphony: Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Carlos has acted as Guest Conductor in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra,Orquesta Sinfónica Eafit in Medellín, Filarmónica de Medellín, Encuentro de Orquestas Juveniles Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, the EMU and MSU Symphonic programs and numerous recitals on new music. He also conducted an all-Spanish choir and orchestra program with EMU Collegium Musicum in April 2008 featuring 15Villancicos from the Guatemala City Cathedral Archive. Each piece was transcribed and edited from original manuscripts during a research project directed by himself and sponsored by EMU School of Music and its Library Fund. His principal conducting teachers include Leon Gregorian, Raphael Jimenez, Matthew Hazelwood and Pamela Ruiter-Fënstra.
As an instrumentalist, he has played with the Orquesta Batuta Antioquia, Antioquia Youth Orchestra, the IMDE Youth Orchestra, Trujillo Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, the EMU Symphony and Collegium Musicum along with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín and Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia. In the year of 1997 he played with the Latin American Youth Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela. An active chamber player, he enjoys music of the standard repertoire as much as works of modern and contemporary composers. He is also a founding member of theOrquesta Sinfónica University EAFIT, Dúo a Diez Cuerdas, Siakoro String Quartet and Ensamble de Cámara a ContraTiempo.
He has been adjunct faculty for theory, viola and orchestra in the IMDE, Universidad Eafit, the Foundation for Youth Orchestras in Venezuela (Fesnojiv), Escuela Soto Mesa in Madrid and Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its Civic Orchestra in Detroit, Michigan. He received honors scholarships during his High-school, College, and Graduate studies, along with the governmentConcejo de Medellín scholarship for outstanding performance in the national academic tests (ICFES), the Scholarship for Latin American Musicians sponsored by Fundación Carolina and Escuela Reina Sofíathat allowed him to begin his artist diploma studies in Madrid, the Carolina Oramas Scholarship for musicians sponsored by Colombian Government Institute for Superior Education and the Scholarship Program of COLFUTURO Foundation.
Since September of 2105, Carlos is Musical Ambassador and Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony, and Co-Host on the Musically Speaking Series with Andrés. He also leads the team of researchers that delve into the Colombian Symphonic Music with the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia.