Coro Cervantes

Nuestro Director

Carlos Aransay studied conducting and composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Madrid, the Royal College of Music in London, and privately with Jacques Delacôte in Vienna.  His work as conductor, teacher, writer and expert interpreter of Iberian and Latin American music keeps him in great demand.  In 1995 he founded the chamber choir Coro Cervantes, under the auspices of the Instituto Cervantes.  He said at the time: “At Coro Cervantes we have made it our task to bring the music of Iberia and of Latin America to British audiences, and we have explored the historical connections of Great Britain with those countries.”  Now also working with the choir outside the UK his enthusiasm is un-dimmed: “Throughout my trips in Latin America I have been very lucky to experience first-hand the endless vividness of their popular music and the spontaneous enthusiasm of their choirs.” 


Away from Coro Cervantes, Carlos has conducted in many countries.  In the Czech Republic he directed the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic and Marienbad Symphonic Orchestras and recorded the Pilsen Radio Orchestra in a programme called  Opera Cuban National Symphony Orchestra in Havana and with the Falcon Simphony Orchestra in Coro, Venezuela - the same year he conducted an opera gala concert with the SODRE Symphony Orchestra in Montevideo, Uruguay.  In Peru he has worked with the Peruvian National Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the National Conservatoire.  He has conducted the Ópera de Cámara de Costa Rica, a country he visits in 2009 again, to make his debut as conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro Nacional with a gala of zarzuela. 


As a writer, Carlos has had several articles published.  He translates for EMI Classics and Naxos and worked as a specialist interpreter Secretary of the Iberian and Latin American Music Society, ILAMS.  He regularly teaches choral and orchestral conducting at conservatoires and universities in Mexico distinguished panel of choral trainers of the Lacock International Courses.  He is Music Director and a member of the jury of the Trujillo International Singing Competition, Peru, and was Music Director and Member of the Jury of the Rosario International Singing Competition, Argentina.