A native of Rosario, Argentina, Maestro Bušlje studied music from an early age and won the prestigious Alberto Williams Award for Young Musicians when he was only ten years old. He continued his studies in conducting, piano, violoncello, and tuba at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Facultad de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. In 1986, he was the Boronda Scholar of Hartnell College in California, which took him to the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Japan to study music with major national artists. Before founding the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in 1991, Maestro Bušlje was Assistant Conductor of the American University Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the American University Camerata in Washington, DC.
Maestro Bušlje has been a frequent guest conductor of the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra in Ecuador. In the summer of 2009, he was invited to bring his orchestra to Lima, Peru to participate in a South American music festival. As the only U.S. based orchestra participating in the event, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra received critical acclaim for its high quality musicianship and unique programming emphasizing Latin American music. In addition, the Ricardo Palma University in Lima presented Maestro Bušlje with an honorary professorship in music.
Maestro Bušlje is a frequently featured guest in Argentina, having conducted the Rosario Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestras of Rosario and Cordoba. From 1999-2002 he was the principal guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras. In 2001, he won a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to Honduras to develop programming for the National Symphony after which he hosted the National Youth Orchestra of Honduras for a performing tour to Washington, DC in 2003. In June 2001, he was a guest conductor of the Sochi Symphony Orchestra in Sochi, Russia. In May 2002, Maestro Bušlje conducted the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and performed a special program featuring tenor Placido Domingo at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC.
Maestro Bušlje has arranged traditional tangos for string orchestra and brought the nuevo tango of Astor Piazzolla and his contemporaries to DC concert halls. The best tango dancers and soloists from Buenos Aires and Montevideo have joined PASO musicians for these standing-room only shows. As the United Nations recently designated tango as part of the world’s cultural heritage to be preserved and supported, PASO has taken its place among the great tango ensembles of the world. Maestro Bušlje has been the creative force behind the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, bringing to Washington audiences a refreshing alternative to mainstream orchestral repertoire. The Washington Post described Maestro Bušlje's programming as “utterly unlike anything else that is likely to happen in Washington this season”. With his “sure command of the music’s expressive scope” and his sensitive balancing of orchestral commentary, Maestro Bušlje has “quietly created a valuable Washington institution” (The Washington Post).