Born in Puerto Rico, conductor Jaime Morales-Matos spent his university years in the United States where he obtained his formal education. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor in Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Trombone, the first such award granted to a brass player, also studying conducting with Thomas Baldner. He furthered his training at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under Christopher Zimmerman and Gerhard Samuel, where he received his Master in Music degree in 1995.

  In addition, he studied with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich, Harold Farberman in Bulgaria and Hans Graf in Vienna, where he received a Diploma in Conducting. In 2000 Morales-Matos attended the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he worked closely with David Zinman, Jorma Panula, James Conlon and Robert Spano. He has also participated in seminars with James Levine, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Gustav Meir and Roselín Pabón.


Morales-Matos has conducted in the United States(Houston Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Bangor Symphony, Clermont Philharmonic and the Central Ohio Symphony), Germany( Munich Philharmonic), Spain( Galicia Symphony), Austria (Tokyo Symphony in Tour), Bulgaria( Varna Philharmonic, National Radio Symphony, Sofia), Ecuador( Guayaquil Symphony), Venezuela( Venezuela Symphony, Simon Bolivar Symphony), Dominican Republic (National Symphony ) as well as in his native Puerto Rico ( Puerto Rico Symphony). During the 2003 he did his conducting debut at the prestigious Casals Festival (with members of the New York Philharmonic), the concert was recorded and broadcast in public television.

  In 2007 he was selected by the American Symphony Orchestra League as one of the most promising young conductors and participated in the Bruno Walter Conductor Preview held with the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida.

  Jaime Morales-Matos was appointed Music Director of the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra in June 2002.With this orchestra he has enjoyed great success in broad range of programming. In 2008 he became Music Director of the Clermont Philharmonic . Previously he was Music Director of the Miami University Symphony Orchestra and Cover Conductor with the Dayton Philharmonic.

  As a trombonist Morales-Matos, has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony in the United States, and with the Asturias, Granada and Galicia Symphony Orchestras in Spain. Also, he is very active in chamber music with the Gabrieli Brass Quintet, Top Brass and the Upbeat Brass. He has premiered various concertos and other works written especially for him.


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