Jose Angel Salazar Marin is a prominent young conductor who, despite being only 23 years old, already has valuable experience in diverse orchestral repertoire. Educated within the El Sistema program, Jose Angel began his career in native Venezuela as a violinist and continued as a guest and chief conductor of various ensembles and orchestras. He has delivered conducting master classes in Austria, Italy and Sweden and is currently artistic director in the partner organization El Sistema Greece, conducting its Youth Orchestra. They perform in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals across the country.

Advocating for music education as a vehicle for social transformation and artistic development, Jose Angel served as music director of the Nuevo Espart Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2016, working diligently on community engagement and artistic leadership. He also supported El Sistema programs in Sweden, Ecuador and St. Lucia. He is also currently engaged as an artistic advisor and arranger for various cooperative music projects, such as “Songs for Europe” and the Hilti Foundation Academy for Influence through Music (AIM).