Born in Buenos Aires in 1979, Santiago is an Argentinian-Italian Music Conductor, Composer and Scholar of the musical and philosophical traditions of the East and West. Dr. Lusardi Girelli has worked as lecturer and choir and orchestra conductor at several Universities and professional and amateur orchestras and choirs in more than 20 countries in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia for the last 20 years. He holds Master degrees in Orchestra & Choir conduction,  Philosophy, and a PhD in Music, Aesthetics and Philosophy and its connections with arts & music. As the result more than ten years of research on Indian Philosophy he has published his Thesis on Buddhist Phenomenology and Hindu Ritualism and its links with Western Music & Art Tradition. Nowadays he holds the Western Music Chair at the Goa University, India. 

"This rich legacy is the primary context for the intriguing start-up Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival, the brainchild of the boundlessly dynamic “Maestro” Santiago Lusardi Girelli, who occupies the Anthony Gonsalves Chair in Western Music, at Goa University. Their efforts have grown organically from the remarkable Goa University Choir, which started from scratch and grew to startling excellence under Girelli’s tutelage."

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"Este rico legado es el contexto principal para el intrigante Festival Ketevan World Sacred Music, una creación del dinámico" Maestro "Santiago Lusardi Girelli, quien ocupa la Cátedra Anthony Gonsalves en Música Occidental, en la Universidad de Goa. creció orgánicamente del extraordinario Coro de la Universidad de Goa, que comenzó desde cero y creció hasta alcanzar una excelencia sorprendente bajo la tutela de Girelli ".

 Press reviews

"It’s clear that his mission is to nourish us with his musical talents whilst encouraging us to question our philosophies and cultural identities. Through his work with talented musicians who are visiting Goa from Spain, India, U.K and Germany, amongst others, Santiago leads us on a journey to discover what it is to be “beyond culture, races and religion” and to “surrender into the beauty of music.” This remarkable man manages to cross the boundaries of geography to integrate us all into his wonderful world of music, philosophy and religious experience..."

Goa Streets

..."Está claro que su misión es nutrirnos con su talento musical y alentarnos a cuestionar nuestras filosofías e indentidades culturales. A través de su trabajo con músicos talentosos que visitan Goa desde España, India, Reino Unido y Alemania, entre otros, Santiago nos lleva a un viaje para descubrir qué es estar "más allá de la cultura, las razas y la religión" y "rendirse a la belleza". de la música ". Este hombre notable logra cruzar los límites de la geografía para integrarnos a todos en su maravilloso mundo de la música, la filosofía y la experiencia religiosa ..."

"The most significant movement has galvanized around the presence of Maestro Girelli, a musician, conductor and musicologist of rare calibre, and dynamo of activity, who has generated a series of positive developments in his wake. Foremost amongst these is the Goa University choir, which has accelerated from nothing to national significance in just a couple of years. Its concerts have become unmissable events, meticulously conceived and executed, with highly ambitious programmes that span the gamut from sacred to contemporary, routinely incorporating several languages in its repertoire. It has been highly impressive to witness lives being transformed by being in the choir, with terrific spillover effects for the overall quality of classical music in the state."

Times of India

"El movimiento más significativo ha galvanizado en torno a la presencia de Maestro Girelli, un músico, director de orquesta y musicólogo de raro calibre y un dinamo de actividad, que ha generado una serie de desarrollos positivos a su paso. El principal de ellos es el coro de la Universidad de Goa, que se ha acelerado de la nada a la importancia nacional en tan solo un par de años. Sus conciertos se han convertido en eventos imperdibles, meticulosamente concebidos y ejecutados, con programas altamente ambiciosos que abarcan desde lo sagrado hasta lo contemporáneo, incorporando rutinariamente varios idiomas en su repertorio. "Ha sido muy impresionante ver cómo las vidas se transforman al estar en el coro, con efectos de difusión extraordinarios para la calidad general de la música clásica en el estado".

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