José Cerón-Ortega

Recently appointed Musical Director of the Coast Symphony Orchestra, José Ceron-Ortega has developed an intense musical activity in various countries as instrumentalist, adviser, coach and conductor of groups and musical ensembles of all ages and levels of expertise.

Born in México City, José graduated with honors as violinist from the National School of Music of the National University of Mexico (UNAM); studied orchestral and operatic conducting at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation; and obtained a Certificate in Music Conducting from Capilano University in North Vancouver.

José has been a close collaborator of the State Foundation for the National System of Youth and Child Orchestras of Venezuela (FESNOJIV), and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestras. He was Founder Director of the Amadeus Orchestra in Trujillo State, and National Coordinator of the Cerón´s Musical Initiation System (CMIS), method applied as a starting point for the social and cultural project  of this worldwide recognized Venezuelan musical organization.

He was chief conductor of Tachira's Simón Bolivar Regional Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, Bahia Blanca's Regional Symphony Orchestra in the Province of Buenos Aires, and professor of chamber music and orchestral practice in the National University of San Juan, Argentina.

At present he also conducts the Orchestras of Saint James Music Academy in downtown Vancouver.

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