Filipino-American pianist, Jerome de los Santos, made his solo recital debut at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, at the young age of 11. Since then, he has performed in venues in Canada, the United States, Italy, and Philippines. Praised for "possessing qualities of a true artist - maturity, imagination, musicality, sensitivity, amazing stage presence, passion, and effortless technique." He is a laureate of numerous competitions, including the National Piano Playing Auditions at both the State and International Level, CAPMT Sonata Competition, CAPMT Romantic/Impressionist Competition and MTNA California State Competition. Due to these accomplishments, Jerome was invited to perform at the 2013 Presidential Gala at East Los Angeles College, where he received the ELAC Senate Scholarship in music, and recognized for maintaining his position on the Dean's Honor Roll. In 2013, he made his orchestra debut with the East Los Angeles College Symphony under the baton of Samvel Chilingarian, playing Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto. Most recent performances include Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with L'Orchestra Giovanile Napolinova, in Todi, Italy.
A native of Los Angeles, Jerome began his studies at the age of 5, under the tutelage of Ardes Abad. In 2011, he joined the Applied Music Program at East Los Angeles College, working closely with dedicated teacher, Lucy Nargizyan. During his time at ELAC, he made remarkable progress, capturing first prize in every competition he took part in. He has worked with many renowned artists including Jean-David Cohen, Paul Carlo Concepcion, Eduardo Delgado, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Kyoko Hashimoto, Joseph Kalichstein, Alexander Korsantia, Max Levinson, Benjamin Loh, Marina Lomasov, Anthony Lupica, Thomas Lymenstull, Mack McCray, Nino Merabishvili, Chie Nagatani, Anton Nel, Pavel Nersessian, John Perry, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Steven Spooner, Peter Takács, Ilana Vered, among others. He has participated in various summer festivals - Beverly Hills International Festival, MusicFest Perugia, and Todi International Music Masters. Jerome spent this past summer in Aspen, Colorado on a full tuition scholarship for the Aspen Music Festival and School.
An avid and sensitive chamber musician, he has worked with and participated in master classes with Kathryn Brown, Michael McMahon, Peter Salaff, Garik Terzian, members of the Cleveland String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Elixir Piano Trio, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Jerome is also a sought out accompanist, praised for his "imaginative" and "lyrical" playing. He has collaborated with various choruses around Cleveland, including the Cleveland POPS Chorus, Temple Emmanu El, among others. Also a vocalist, he has sung with the Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus, being featured on Cleveland's classical station WCLV 104.9, WVIZ/PBS Ohio, and at Cleveland Indian's Progressive Field.
Aside from music, Jerome enjoys studying foreign languages, German wheat beers, spending time with family and his dog Yana, and traveling the world. He has also competed in the Junior Olympics for volleyball. In 2016, he received his Bachelor's of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, in the class of Daniel Shapiro and holds a minor in Italian Language from Case Western Reserve University. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montréal, Quebec in the class of Ilya Polataev on a full tuition scholarship.