Hiram Santos was born in Brazil and started his musical education on the recorder. In 1992 he joined a Benedictine Monastery in Sao Paulo where he had the opportunity to study philosophy, Gregorian chant and several other theological subjects. Between 1995 -97 he completed his philosophy studies at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota (USA). There he also worked intensively with the St. Johns’ Boys Choir, singing and teaching the recorder.
His love for and interest in early music led him to Europe in 1998. Hiram came to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis to study the Baroque bassoon in the class of Donna Agrell. During his time at the Schola Cantorum, he also studied historical timpani with Philip Tarr, singing with Sharon Weller, Baroque dance with Erika Schneider, and orchestral conducting with Andrea Marcon.
Hiram regularly performs on the baroque/classical bassoon, timpani/historical percussions, and recorder with many groups specialized in early music repertoire including Musica Fiorita, Parlement de Musique , La Chapelle Ancienne, Collegium Musicum Luzern, La Cetra Barockorchester, and Capriccio Basel. In addition, he is the director of the Kirchenchor Gelterkinden and the Frauenchor Pratteln.