Oriol Sans was born in Catalonia, Spain, where he began his musical studies when he was five years old. At the age of nine he began to study violin and piano when he became a member of the Escolania de Montserrat. He graduated in Orchestral and Choral Conducting from the Barcelona Conservatory, and received the school’s Honors Award in both specialties.
In 2006 Oriol became a student in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, under the tutelage of Maestro Kenneth Kiesler. He received his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting in April 2008 and his Doctorate in Musical Arts in August 2011 at the University of Michigan.
Oriol complemented his musical studies with masterclasses in Spain, Austria, Germany, England, France, Canada and the United States. He also holds a degree in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and he completed graduate courses in musicology at the Autònoma of Barcelona University.
He has been assistant conductor to maestros Kenneth Kiesler, John Nelson, Jerry Blackstone, and Martin Katz with several orchestras and projects, including a production of the Damnation of Faust by Berlioz in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris for their concerts in the Festival de Saint-Denis and in the Théatre des Champs-Elysées. While a doctoral student, he conducted performances of two opera productions, Eugene Onegin in 2008 and The Marriage of Figaro in 2009, and in November 2011, he was appointed the music director of a production of Verdi’s Falstaff.
Oriol was the music director of the University of Michigan Campus Philharmonia and Campus Symphony orchestras from 2008 to 2010, and he currently holds the music director position of the Life Sciences Orchestra. In 2012 he has been a guest conductor of the San Juan Symphony in Durango (Colorado) and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara (Mexico). He also works as the score reader for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for their webcast series.
He returns to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco to direct the sixth program of the orchestra's First Season of 2013, with presentations on Friday, the 22nd and Sunday, the 24th of March.