JOSÉ MIGUEL ESANDI was born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. Initially trained as a horn player in Argentina and at The New World School of the Arts in Miami, he continued his formal education at the University for Music and Performing Arts, in Vienna, Austria, where he obtained a Master's degree cum laude in orchestral conducting. Next to his teaching activities at the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague, he assisted a.o. Hartmut Haenchen, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Paolo Olmi for opera productions in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Paris and in the Salzburg Festival.
As guest conductor he has led opera productions at the Stadsschouwburg of Amsterdam (Così fan tutte), at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (La Bohème), at Teatro Sâo Carlos in Lisbon (La Rondine), at The Los Angeles Opera (La Bohème), Opera Graz (Manon Lescaut, L'elisir d'amore, La Bohème), Opera Leipzig (Die Zauberflöte, La Traviata), Opéra National de Lorraine (Rigoletto, Otello, Carmen), Dorset Opera Festival (Le Comte Ory), as well as in Seoul (Lucia di Lammermoor, L'elisir d'amore, Faust).
Next to that, he has conducted symphonic repertoire with the Staatskapelle Halle, Germany, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra, The Netherlands, RSO Vienna, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México (OFUNAM), Orquesta del Teatro Argentino, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norway, and in Buenos Aires with the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón.