With her gorgeous, passionate style and firecracking energy, Cuban-born and raised conductor Cosette Justo Valdés is a rising star. She is presently Resident Conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Her position with the orchestra since 2019 includes the role of Community Ambassador, and Artistic Director of the Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta, the ESO’s Sistema-based program providing free music education to some 200 children from Edmonton’s priority neighborhoods and surrounding First Nations.
Cosette maintains strong ties to her native Cuba, where she is Honorary Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Oriente, which she led for 9 years.
Cosette holds her bachelor degree in conducting with Prof. Jorge López Marín at the Instituto Superior de Arte and her master degree with Prof. Klaus Arp at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. She has assisted many conductors including Klaus Arp, Francesco Belli, Alexander Prior, Alexander Shelley, and Mario Venzago.