ELADIO SANTIAGO                                                                      

AGE 58  I  WEST FRIENDSHIP, MARYLAND  I  UNITED STATES
PRESIDENT & CEO – ADVISORY INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

Eladio Santiago’s lifetime love of music is directly intertwined with his admiration for Van Cliburn. His first RCA album in the 1970s was Van’s groundbreaking recording Chopin’s Greatest Hits and the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2; he fell in love, very young, with the sweeping Romantic interpretations, and much of the repertoire he developed through the years was under that influence. He had the opportunity to meet Van Cliburn twice: first, backstage in the 90s, while studying with 1981 Cliburn Silver Medalist Santiago Rodriguez at the University of Maryland (where he earned a B.M. and M.M. in music); and again in 2004 at the Kennedy Center, after a career in Wall Street had taken him away from music—that encounter helped bring him to the piano with encouragement from his wife, a pianist and teacher. In 2018, he founded Strategic Investments Corp, an investment portfolio management and advisory firm where he serves as president & CEO.