Venezuelan musician Jesús Uzcátegui has pursued orchestral conducting studies under the guidance of Maestro José Antonio Abreu and served as assistant conductor for Eduardo Marturet, Christian Vásquez, and Sung Kwak.
Uzcátegui has prepared the Youth Orchestra of Caracas (YOC) for some of its tours, including a concert conducted by Leon Botstein on its 2013 Asia Tour. As a guest conductor, he has worked with the Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony, and Caracas Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015, he was the only Latin-American musician selected to participate in the Malko Conducting Competition and conducted performances of the YOC at Teatro alla Scala, as part of an El Sistema residency in Milan. Later that year, Uzcátegui attended the Gstaad Academy, where he studied under the guidance of Ulrich Windfuhr and Neeme Jarvi. Subsequently, he was invited to attend a conducting master class led by Bernard Haitink in summer 2017. In November 2016, Uzcátegui was assistant conductor for Diego Matheuz on the production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville with the Simón Bolívar Symphony.
More recently, he was invited by El Sistema Greece to work in the training of teachers and the creation of their first orchestra.
Among his upcoming commitments is the invitation made by El Sistema England to participate as an orchestral conductor and trainer for the 5th Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra residency in Birmingham, England, with concerts at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall (London) and at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Currently, he works as Music Director of the Juan José Landaeta Symphony Orchestra and the Carabobo Youth Orchestra.