Sergio Rosales is considered one of the rising stars of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs in his native Venezuela and is a protégé of the El Sistema maestro José Antonio Abreu. He was born in Maracay, Aragua.
At the age of sixteen, he began his conducting studies at the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales in Caracas with Alfredo Rugeles and Rodolfo Saglimbeni, between 2004 and 2008 attending masterclasses with distinguished conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Sung Kwak and Francisco Noya. During the same period he served as assistant conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas and the Orquesta Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho.
In 2008 Sergio Rosales was appointed music director of the Simón Bolivar Youth Symphony Band of Venezuela. As head of the SBYSB he has conducted performances at some of the most prestigious concert venues in South America, Europe and the Caribbean. In 2010 he was appointed music director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Simón Bolivar Music Conservatory, and following on from his successful appearance in the 2012 Bancaribe Youth Festival, he was asked to conduct the Brussels Chamber Soloists at the Benelux Clarinet Competition, which led to many more invitations to guest conduct with international ensembles. Sergio Rosales is hailed today as one of Venezuela’s best conductors.