José Miguel Esandi was engaged as guest conductor at Opera Graz, Austria, between 2012 and 2015, where he conducted the premieres of L’elisir d’amore, Liebe einer Königin, a ballet with symphonic selections by Rachmaninov, and Malambo!, a ballet spectacle with music by Piazzolla and Ginastera, as well as performances of Manon Lescaut, La bohème and Die Zauberflöte and concert programs.
Engagements elsewhere include La rondine at the Teatro São Carlos and productions of Sacre du printemps, La valse, and Nutcracker with the National Ballet Company of Portugal, the Messiah with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, in Norway, a production of Così fan tutte at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam, La bohème at La Monnaie, Brussels, Rigoletto, Otello and Carmen at the Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy, and La bohème at the Los Angeles Opera.
On the concert stage he has conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Rotterdam Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic ‘Residentie’, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, Orchestre Symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, National Philharmonic of Mexico OFUNAM, Orchestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Teatro Argentino, among others. A highlight of the 2015/16 season has been his debut in Buenos Aires, conducting the Orchestra of Teatro Colón with a Grieg and Tchaikovsky program.
José Miguel Esandi started his musical studies as a horn player in his native country of Argentina, where he played in the National Youth Orchestra. He then joined the New World School of the Arts, in Miami, Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to study conducting at the University of Music in Vienna, Austria, and graduated in 1998 with a Master’s degree with honors.
Between 1999 and 2007, he worked at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague as teacher of conducting and as répétiteur of vocal repertoire. He also conducted the Conservatory's Opera Academy in works such as L’enfant et les sortilèges, Die Zauberflöte, Albert Herring, and Smetana’s Two Widows, as well as Gounod’s La Colombe for Opera Trionfo, The Netherlands.
Parallel to his educational work, José Miguel Esandi continued cultivating his knowledge of opera, working as assistant conductor to renowned maestros such as Hartmut Haenchen, Carlo Rizzi and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on many opera productions of the Dutch National Opera, Flemish Opera, Opéra National de Paris and at the Salzburg Festival, among others.