Costa Rican Baroque violinist Guillermo Salas-Suárez made his directorial debut with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra in Fall 2021. Guillermo holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Historical Performance from Case Western Reserve University, where he studied with Dr. Julie Andrijeski. In demand as a period player, he has performed with the Atlanta, Austin, and Lyra Baroque Orchestras, Apollo’s Fire, Bourbon Baroque, The Newberry Consort, and currently leads the Baroque ensemble from CityMusic Cleveland.
Guillermo has collaborated and trained with seminal figures in the field such as Malcolm Bilson, Paolo Pandolfo, Jaap ten Linden, Barthold Kuijken, Bruce Dickey, and the late Jeanne Lamon at the early music festivals in Boston, Bloomington, Bach Oregon, Urbino (Italy), Daroca (Spain), Saintes (France), and the Stuttgart Bachwoche (Germany). He has also shared the stage with modern conductors and soloists Manfred Honeck, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Robert Spano, Yefim Bronfman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Midori, Lang Lang, and Renée Fleming at the Aspen Music Festival, Severance Hall, Sala São Paulo (Brazil), and the National Theatres of Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, and Honduras.
As a music scholar of 18th-century Spain and Mexico, he has presented his research in conferences at Boston, Indiana, and Oregon Universities, and Early Music America. As an educator, Guillermo is committed to the advancement of historical performance in Latin America, currently on the faculty at the Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina (Brazil), and is regularly invited to conduct workshops and masterclasses at the Academia de Música Antigua de Medellín (Colombia), as well as the premier universities of his home country.
Outside of music, Guillermo enjoys literature, learning languages, and practicing yoga. He plays on a violin by Jason Viseltear and bows by James Dodd II, H.F. Grabenstein, Michelle Speller, and Pieter Affourtit.