Valdes, Maximiano ,Chilean conductor; b. Santiago, June 17,1949. He studied piano, violin, and music history at the Santaigo Cons. After taking courses in composition and conducting at the Santa Cecilia Cons, in Rome, he continued conducting studies with Ferrara in Bologna, Siena, and Venice. He also attended conducting courses given by Bernstein and Ozawa at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (summer, 1977). From 1976 to 1980 he was an asst. conductor at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. After winning 1stprize in the Malko conducting competition in Copenhagen in 1980, he appeared as a guest conductor throughout Europe. In 1984 he became principal guest conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de España in Madrid. In 1986-87 he conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi in San Sebastian. He was music director of the Buffalo Phil. from 1989 to 1998.
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