A musical force noticed & recognized for his exceptional skill and artistry, Soto's a phenomenally talented cellist, composer, arranger and producer. His classical training, profound and passionate understanding of music theory, is a force of yesteryear in today's times. With works from classical, jazz to contemporary, his gift is an effortless, musical stream of brilliance. Currently a composing, arranging and production assistant in L.A. working alongside film scorer's from Ed Shearmur to Megan Cavallari, his most recent musical work, assistant composer alongside Ed Shearmur and Ben Stiller, performing and recording music for Showtimes, Crictic's Choice, Golden Globe nominated Limited TV Mini-Series, Escape at Dannemora (7 episodes) in 2018. Soto also produced, performed and engineered an LP and 2 singles for Canadian pop singer/songwriter Spencer Nicholson, including performance on 2 of the artists videos Groove With Me Tonight & Going To LA.
In May of 2017, Soto gave back to his music education roots (Mayde Creek High School Orchestra and Katy ISD Fine Arts), gifting 11original classical compositions, taking part in The Gift of Music, a special music event and 9 panel discussion in collaboration with Berklee College of Music, helping to educate and answer music students questions as they prepare for college, who are interested in careers in music.
Soto's composed, arranged and produced numerous classical, jazz and contemporary works, developing a strong reputation as a highly sought after musician. He was a founding member of the Teros String Quartet, and founding member, music director/composer for the chamber jazz group, CGC (Chamber Groove Company), their first album "Enigma" released in 2016, composed and produced by Soto.
He has worked alongside legendary saxophonist / educator George Garzone, classical cellist Patrice Jackson-Tilghman of the Mark O'Connor String Quartet and veteran L.A. session musician, guitarist Marty Walsh. As member and founder of the Teros String Quartet, he's taught master jazz/contemporary/improvisation classes at the Valdres Sommersymfoni in Norway, and studied under Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort, Mike Block of YoYoMa's Silk Road Ensemble, Patrice Jackson and Natalie Haas. A history of classical music excellence paved the way for Soto's virtuosity, studying Performance & CWP Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music ( '17), serving as principal for the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, the Neapolitan Orchestra, and former member of the Berklee World Strings. Soto also studied under mentor, and Houston Symphony cellist Xiao Wong and served as co-principal/5 year member of the renowned chamber orchestra Virtuosi of Houston under U of H Moores School of Music directors Andrzej Grabiec and Franz Krager. Soto has also studied under Misha Quint of the Mann School of Music at Interharmony Music Festival, and with Washington Conservatory co-founder Miron Yamploksy.
A 4 year principal cellist his formative high school years, he received numerous accolades and awards - Texas UIL All-State, and the states highest UIL honor of music excellence twice - the Outstanding Music Performer Award. An accomplished artist/illustrator, Soto studied art for many years with his work featured/exhibited in select concerts and still contracted today by many, including many music artists for merchandise and covers, such as up and coming female trumpeter Arnetta Johnson and others .