Trinity College student to host recital with 164 musicians

Luis Santos. Robin Kornet
Luis Santos. Robin Kornet

A HEATHRIDGE teenager who can play 14 musical instruments will host a recital with 164 musicians.

Luis Santos (17) will bring together an orchestra to play his compositions at the event, called Luis’s Compositional Recital, at Trinity College this month.

The November 28 event will include solo piano work and five works he composed for the orchestra.

Luis said he hoped to get more people to enjoy new classical music and encourage others to compose classical work.

“It’s really just my own little ad hoc orchestra that I’ve built together with a couple of friends,” he said.

The Trinity College Year 12 student started playing music when he was about five years old.

“That was through a little music school in the western suburbs,” he said.

“I played violin from the age of five, then I took up piano at the age of nine because everyone wanted to play piano.

“I started clarinet when I was 11; that’s when I really started being interested in music.”

Luis said he mainly played classical music, and enjoyed jazz and ethnic music, particularly Brazilian sounds as his parents originated there.

These days his preferred instruments include the clarinet, bassoon, double bass, violin, viola and piano.

He has also learnt to play the flute, oboe, piccolo, cor anglais, saxophone, percussion, marimbas and xylophone.

Due to start studying music at UWA next year, Luis said the concert would fund his future music making, including an opera he expects to complete and perform 2018 and a WA Youth Orchestra tour to Japan.

Luis said his ultimate goal was to perform at an international level.

“I would like to be the principal bassoonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam,” he said.

“They have a style of playing I like – it’s always so flawless and perfect.”

Luis’s Compositional Recital

What: classical concert

Where: Gibney Hall, Trinity College, East Perth

When: 6.30pm on November 28


Luis Santos’s compositions

Célébrations pour Jésus played by Hannah Th’ng as the audience comes in

– A selection of movements from Symphony No. 12 ‘Love Songs’, with soloist Alex Toussaint-Jackson (coloratura soprano)

Alto Saxophone Concerto, with soloist Bridget Cleary (alto saxophone)

– Two movements from Hellenic Suite – Book I: ‘The Olympians’ (large orchestra)

Psalm 139 (rock band featuring bassoon, visuals, and electronics)

– A selection of movements from Symphony No. 11 ‘Magna Symphonia’ (160-piece orchestra)