Portuguese violist Anibal Dos Santos was born in born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1963. He began his musical studies at an early age in his native city with Gianfranco Farina and Mario Mescoli. At age 18, he traveled to Philadelphia PA to study with renowned violist Joseph de Pasquale, obtaining his degree in 1988 at the Curtis Institute of Music. Since then, he has dedicated his career to perform viola repertoire with many orchestras in the Americas, as well as recitals and chamber music appearances.
In May of 2007, Dos Santos performed in the American premiere of the Viola Tango,Rock Concerto by Benjamin Yusupov with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Ricardo Jaramillo, and dancer Gina Medina. This concert became one of the most important musical events in the region. For the preparation of this work, he took lessons in tango and rock improvisation for over a year before the first performance.
Dos Santos plays on the legendary Sergio Peresson viola that was made for Joseph de Pasquale in 1967.