Born in Quito, Ecuador, Santiago Lopez is a versatile, expressive guitarist skilled in a range of styles including rock, jazz, blues, pop and funk. In 2014, Santiago moved to the United States to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Performance. During this time he studied with renowned musicians such as Jason Palmer, Bret Willmott, David Gilmore and David Fiuczynski.
Santiago has built a successful career as a performing musician and in-demand sideman and studio musician for other projects and artists. Important performances include opening for acclaimed trumpet player Randy Brecker at the Ecuador Jazz Festival in 2013, headlining the national-touring Rockstar Beer Festival at Royale club in Boston in Summer 2019 and Winter 2020 with his band Orchid Reed, as well as many performances at local Boston-area venues including Beat Brew Hall, Wally’s Jazz Club, The Lilypad, Theory Wine Bar and Listening Room, and Lizard Lounge.
An experienced and passionate instructor, Santiago also teaches music and private guitar lessons to students of all ages and all levels from beginner to advanced. His approach focuses on making a plan catered to the specific goals and needs of each student to take their guitar playing to the next level while enhancing the enjoyment of making music. Lessons cover topics such as chordal vocabulary, comping, soloing, sound, improvisation, technique and repertoire.