Originally from Edmonton, Michelle Marie Santiago holds a Doctor of Music from the Université de Montréal. A particular interest in the vocal arts led Michelle to attend the Franz Schubert Institut (Austria), the Académie Francis Poulenc (France) and the Vancouver International Song Institute. In addition, she has participated in master classes with world-renowned performers and pedagogues such as Christian Ivaldi, Susan Manoff, Helmut Deutsch and Graham Johnson among others. She has been a staff pianist for the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute and pianist-in-residence for Musique sur Mer (Canada), played for several voice classes at the Université de Montréal and was also a staff accompanist at McGill University. In 2014, she began studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (UK) from where she has been awarded both a Master of Performance (Piano Accompaniment) and also an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies as a repetiteur.

She has studied with Marc Durand, Paul Stewart, John Perry, Julian Martin, Ernesto Lejano, Pamela Lidiard, Eugene Asti, Clive Timms, Susie Stranders and Elizabeth Rowe. In addition to her formal studies, she has attended the Aspen Music Festival (USA), the Orford Arts Centre Academy (Canada), the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) and the Gijón International Piano Festival (Spain).

As a solo pianist, Michelle has been a prizewinner at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association National Piano Competition, the Canadian Music Competitions, and the Concours de l’orchestre symphonique de Montreal. As a collaborative pianist, she was awarded the Piano Accompaniment Prize and the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize for contemporary song at the Guildhall School, as well as the Denis Horner Accompanist’s Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers Competition.

She is a recipient of numerous scholarships including those from the University of Alberta, Université de Montréal, the Guildhall School, the Fonds les Amis de l’Art the Anne Burrows Foundation. She is also a grant recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Winspear Foundation and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Michelle has appeared with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra and the Gijón Symphony Orchestra and in various recitals and performances in Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Philippines.

She currently resides in London, UK where she is a Staff Accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a freelance vocal coach, repetiteur, chamber musician and piano teacher.