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Biography
A native of Rosario, Argentina, Maestro Buslje studied music from an early age and won the prestigious Alberto Williams Award for Young Musicians when he was only ten years old. He continued his studies in conducting, piano, violoncello, and tuba at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Facultad de de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. In 1986, he was the Boronda Scholar of Hartnell College in California, which took him to the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Japan to study music with major national artists.
Before founding the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in 1991, Maestro Buslje was Assistant Conductor of the American University Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the American University Camerata. Since 1990, he has been a frequently featured guest conductor in Argentina and since 1999, the principal guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras. In 2001, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Honduras, where he conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras and developed its season programming. In June 2001, he conducted the Sochi Symphony Orchestra in Sochi, Russia.
Maestro Buslje has always enjoyed working with young musicians and recently has focused his energies in this direction. In May 2002, he conducted the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, a new ensemble made up of talented musicians from across Latin America. They performed a special program featuring tenor Placido Domingo at the Organization of American States. He has also invited talented musicians from the area's high schools to perform in selected concerts of the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, giving young musicians a rare opportunity to showcase their skills with a full orchestra. In addition, Maestro Buslje is a favorite guest conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Honduras and hosted their visit to Washington, DC in the Fall of 2003.
Maestro Buslje teaches music at Trinity University in Washington, DC and is a regular advisor to the Maryland State Arts Council.
He has been the creative force behind the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, bringing to Washington audiences a refreshing alternative to mainstream orchestral repertoire. The Washington Post described his programming as “utterly unlike anything else that is likely to happen in Washington this season” (1996). With his “sure command of the music’s expressive scope” and his sensitive balancing of orchestral commentary (Washington Post 1998), Maestro Buslje has “quietly created a valuable Washington institution” (Washington Post 1999).
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