Carlos started his musical studies under El Sistema in Colombia. He then moved to Canada to continue at the University of Ottawa, where he completed a Bachelor in Music and a Masters of Music in performance. He also holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.
Carlos has studied conducting in England, as well as conducting training with the former teacher of conductor, Gustavo Dudamel (Los Angeles Philharmonic). Carlos is a strong advocate for music within the community.
Carlos Bastidas has over 10 years of experience in conducting and teaching both symphonic and band groups. He has worked with orchestras, nationally and internationally.
Carlos has performed as a bassoonist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony, Abbotsford Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Hull Chamber Orchestra, and the advanced Training Orchestra in North Carolina.
Carlos is an active freelance conductor with community orchestras and ensembles in Latin America, USA and Canada. He is currently the Music Director of the Ontario Pops Orchestra in Toronto and the Durham Chamber Orchestra in Ajax.