Santiago Medina Gutiérrez was born in 1990 in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. He began his viola studies at 8 years old in the Professional Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with Victoria Mena, with whom he finished the high school. In 2008 he joined the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands in the class of Professor Macarena Pesutic, where he finished his Bachelor degree with the highest qualification. Between 2012 and 2015 he studied at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen in collaboration with the Orchesterzentrum / NRW in Dortmund, where he completed his Masters degree in orchestral performance in the class of Professor Emile Cantor. He was then admitted to the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne for Masters degree in soloist performance with Professor Alexander Zemtsov, having presented his final recital in July 2017 with distiction.
Among the several courses and masterclasses taken over the years, he had the privilege to learn from several prestigious musicians and pedagogues like Hariolf Schlichtig, Tatjiana Masurenko,Thomas Riebl, Sviatoslav Belonogov, Naoko Shimizu, Gerard Caussé, Jürgen Kussmaul and, more recently, Professor Nobuko Imai and the Michelangelo String Quartet. He also participated in some of the main Classical Music festivals: with the Young National Orchestra of Spain at the Young Euro Classics Festival in Berlin, at the Aurora Music Festival in Sweden, and with Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, at BBC Proms in London and Salzburger Festpsiele.
In the 2013/2014 season, he integrated the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Saarbrücken as a trainee. Shortly after, in November 2014, he made his debut as a soloist performing the William Walton’s concert for viola and orchestra, with the International Youth Symphony Orchestra Bremen. He collaborates frequently with several European orchestras such as the International Youth Symphony Orchestra Bremen, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra.
Lately he has been developing his work on chamber music. He won the 2nd prize with his string quartet Haru Quartet in the second edition of the Internal Chamber Music Competition of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, 2017. Not long after, he was also awarded a scholarship by the Lions Club of Cologne. He currently lives in Portugal, working as a freelance musician.