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,Theatre and Dance, where he studied with Professor Kenneth Kiesler as the recipient of the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship for promising instrumentalists, conductors, and composers. In December 2007, the Agustí Pedro i Pons Foundation in Barcelona granted him a scholarship for upper level musical studies. He received his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting (2008) and his Doctorate in Musical Arts (2011) from the University of Michigan.
Oriol has complemented his musical studies with masterclasses in Spain, Austria, Germany, England, France, Canada, and the United States with Professors George Hurst, Denise Ham, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Robert Houlihan, Salvador Mas, Jörg Bierhance, Jesús López-Cobos, David Effron, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Gustav Meier. 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.
Oriol was music director of the Mollerussa String Youth Orchestra, guest conductor of the La Noguera Chamber Orchestra, guest conductor of the Diputació de Tarragona Youth Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor of the Feminine Choir of Barcelona Conservatory, and music director of the Eurídice Choir and the Lleida University Choir. He taught at the Mollerussa School of Music and at the Lleida Conservatory where he conducted the Lleida Conservatory Symphony Orchestra among other ensembles. In addition, he was a faculty member at Lleida University where he collaborated with the Aula de Música and the Musicology Laboratory.
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 was 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.