Yago Santos was born in Bilbao in 1985, he began to study piano, harmony and musical language at the Bilbao Choral Society at the age of five at the hands of his piano-fond mother. This was his first teacher and influence in the world of music. Self-taught with the guitar, Yago gained a scholarship from the AIE and the Provincial Council of Vizcaya to study flamenco guitar specialization at the Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville and the Barcelona Taller de Musics. During this period, he was a student of teachers such as Pedro Sierra, Eduardo Rebollar, Niño de Pura, Juan Gómez “Chicuelo” or Paco Cortés, among others. The year 2010 is the magical year in which he meets Rafael Riqueni, who asks him to participate in the presentation of his album "Parque de María Luisa" at the Lope de Vega Theater in Seville.
He mentors him and transmits the secrets of flamenco guitar to him and instructs him deeply in musical composition and solo guitar. The years of work and collaboration with the teacher Rafael Riqueni were without doubt an important turning point in his artistic career. From there, Yago began to make international tours sharing the stage with some of the most important figures of Flamenco art.
Yago has acted in countries such as:
England, Monaco, Ireland, Austria, France, Italy, Dubai, Morocco, Algeria, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, United States, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Portugal, Belgium, China, Nigeria ...
Yago has performed in theaters such as:
Concertgebow (Holland), Fine Arts Theater (Mexico), Maestranza Theater (Spain), Lope de Vega Theater (Spain), Sha Tin Town Hall (China), Belgium, Austria Graz .. and many more.
That same year Yago is claimed as a soloist by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (China) to carry out a concert tour as a soloist in which works such as the "Concert of Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigo are performed, under the direction of the French Jean Thorel. Shortly after, the Basque Films film production company asked him to collaborate in the musical composition of the animated film “Pos Eso”, in which actors such as Santiago Segura, Anabel Alonso and Josema Yuste among others participated, and published his first book entitled “20 Guitar Etudes”. That same year he was chosen to participate in the show "Divino Tesoro" under the artistic direction of Jose Luis Ortiz Nuevo and presented at the Teatro de la Mestranza in Seville.
In 2015 he received a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music to study Master's in Global Jazz (Performance Concentration) with the most important jazz figures of our time, such as John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Ben Street, Dave Douglas, George Garzone or Danilo Pérez among others. As a result of his work, Berklee College of Music awards him the summa cum laude distinction, thus becoming the first flamenco musician to obtain such recognition.
Upon his return to Spain, Yago obtained the First Prize "Paco de Lucía in Memorian" at the Seville International Guitar Festival and participated in the composition of the feature film "Nubes de Cartón" by Sergio Hernández. At the same time, he is claimed by the 14th Street Music production company (Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe) to work as a guitarist in the series with 7 nominations for the EMMY Genius Picasso (feat. Antonio Banderas). Shortly after, he began working as a composer for companies like SONY ATV, Universal or APM. He signs a publishing contract with Berklee Press and the multinational Hal Leonard Corporation, with which he publishes a flamenco guitar method entitled “Flamenco Guitar”. In 2021 he publishes his first album "Alma de Niño" with the Karonte record label, and signs his second publishing contract with the multinational Mel Bay Publications.
Alma de Niño (2021, Karonte Distribuciones / Nuba Records)
Flamenco Guitar (2021, Berklee Press / Hal Leonard Corporation)
20 Guitar Etudes (2021, Mel Bay Publications)
16 Studies for Flamenco Guitar (2021, Mel Bay Publications)
Acordes para la Cadencia Andaluza (2021, RGB Arte Visual)
Alma de Niño Songbook 1 (2021, RGB Arte Visual)
Alma de Niño Songbook 2 (2021, RGB Arte Visual)
Susurros (2021, Ediciones Flamenco Universal)
The music of Claude Debussy for solo Guitar (2021, Mel Bay Publications)
Flamenco (2020, SONY ATV Publishing)
Andalusian Flamenco Guitar (2020, Universal Music)
Flamenco Sounds (2020, APM)
Memorias IV (2017, Naxos Music Group)
Genius Picasso (2018, 14th Street Music)
Flamenco Masters (2020, Sounds to your Eyes)
Fuego (2020, Twelvetones Production Music)
Flamenco (2020, Boost Music)
Al Andalous (2020, ITG Music)
Spanish Guitar (2020, Gallo Publishers)
Flamenco (2020, FPM Music)
Soul of an Instruments, Spanish Guitar (2020, Bibliotheque Music)
Spanish Guitar (2020, Gargantuan Music)
Flamenco (2020, Absolute Music)
FILM / TV MUSIC
Genius Picasso (2018, National Geographic)
Nubes de Cartón (2019)
Pos Eso (2015, Basque Films)
AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS
1st International Paco de Lucía Prize (2016, International Guitar Contest of Seville)
1st Composition Prize (2013, Festizaje)
1st Prize for "Anna Frank" show in which I worked as the arranger (2014, Eindhoven International Festival)
2nd Composition Prize (2012, International Songwriting Contest)
Summa cum Laude (2016, Berklee College of Music)
Full Scholarhip (2015, Berklee College of Music)
Beca de Cultura (2010, Diputación Foral de Vizcaya)
Beca de Ampliación de Estudios Artísticos (2011, AIE)
Beca de Ampliación de Estudios Artísticos (2012, AIE)
Beca de Alta Especialización (2015, AIE)