NEW ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: SANTIAGO RODRIGUEZ

Santiago Rodriguez was born in Cárdenas, Cuba and began his piano studies at age four. After Castro seized power in Cuba, his parents sent Mr. Rodriguez and his younger brother to America under the care of the Catholic Charities. He spent the next six years in an orphanage in New Orleans. Fortunately, his mother had concealed money along with a note begging the nuns to continue his musical education. Two years after his arrival, he made his concert debut at age ten performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 with the New Orleans Philharmonic.

Santiago Rodriguez holds a masters degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied on full scholarship as a pupil of Adele Marcus, and he completed his undergraduate studies magna cum laude with William Race at the University of Texas.

His international career was launched in 1981 when he won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; he also received a special prize for the best performance of Leonard Bernstein's Touches, a work commissioned for the competition. Mr. Rodriguez' unique life and artistry were profiled on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault in 1993. He has also been featured numerous times on the ABC, NBC, PBS, CNN, BBC, and CBC television networks.

One of today's foremost interpreters of the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, Santiago Rodriguez has performed all of the composer's major piano works in concert. He is currently recording The Rachmaninov Edition, which, when completed, will encompass the entire catalog of Rachmaninov's original solo piano compositions. He also has recorded numerous world premieres, including Piano Concerto No. 1 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; the Concertino for piano, strings, and cymbals of Carlos Surinach; and the Piano Sonata No. 2 of Alberto Ginastera, which was premiered by Rodriguez at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
Santiago Rodriguez enjoys a distinguished reputation as a teacher and master-clinician. A longtime member of the Piano Division at the University of Maryland, in 2009 he accepted the position of Professor and Artist-in-residence at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami and now is the Chair of Keyboard Performance.

We welcome Santiago to our Artistic Advisory Board!


 
 

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