Born and raised in Sevilla (Spain), Luis earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. After his graduation, he was a member of the viola section of the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra in China. While there, he performed in over 50 orchestra and chamber music concerts per season and participated in tours around mainland China, Singapore, and South Korea. While pursuing his MBA, Luis plans to specialize in Arts Administration. His goal is to help performing arts organizations successfully face the challenges that have come with the 21st century.
What made you consider business school?
Growing up in Spain I always felt that I wanted to make things better around me. From High School to Collage I worked to make an impact by creating opportunities of learning. Later on, when I started working as a musician, I witnessed situations where I could help make music more accessible to people. An MBA program will give me the skills I need to reach my goals and will give me the opportunity to advance in my career.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school? I have read, and have been told, that an MBA program is a truly transformative journey. For me, after a life almost solely dedicated to performing, I have finally decided to step out of my comfort zone and change careers. I am also excited about working with people from many different backgrounds and being a part of their journey too.
Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you? I admire the work of Pedro Zerolo, a former Spanish politician that worked towards achieving equal marriage rights in Spain. He played an active role in advocating marriage equality and helped make Spain the third country in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry.
What's one thing everyone should know about you? While living in Asia I fell in love with the food from the southwest of China with its vivid red colors due to the amount of chili and numbing sensations because of the Sichuan peppercorn.