Santiago Rodriguez

Title/Position: Professor, and Chair, Keyboard Performance

Profile:

What would you want a potential FSOM student to know about you?

My students are part of my family…even after graduation.

Finish the statement, “Music is …”

This statement is complete: “Music is.”

What is the relevance of music in modern society?

It counteracts the madness.


Quotes About Santiago Rodriguez:

Santiago Rodriguez is “a phenomenal pianist.” —New York Times

Santiago Rodriguez is “among the finest pianists in the world.” —Baltimore Sun

Santiago Rodriguez’ recordings of repertoire from Bach to Ginastera, have been acclaimed for their “blazing conviction, tremendous technical strength, unswerving concentration and galvanic excitement.” —American Record Guide

Santiago Rodriguez’ recording of the “Rachmaninov Third goes immediately to the top of the list.” —American Record Guide

Santiago Rodriguez has performed internationally with leading orchestras, including

  * London Symphony

  * Dresden Staatskapelle

  * Yomiuri-Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Japan

  * Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra

  * Chicago Symphony Orchestra

  * St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

  * Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

  * National Symphony Orchestra

  * American Symphony Orchestra

Mr. Rodriguez has appeared in recital at the

  * Schauspielhaus in Berlin

  * Leipzig’s Gewandhaus

  * Queen Elizabeth Hall in London

  * Montreal’s Theatre Maisonneuve

  * Santander Festival in Spain

  * Alice Tully Hall in New York

  * Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

  * Herbst Theater in San Francisco

  * prestigious Ravenna Festival in Italy where the critics proclaimed that “he conquered the audience.”

Mr. Rodriguez made his Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Dennis Russell Davis, and in recent seasons has returned for engagements in Finland, Korea and Taiwan. 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.

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. Mr. Rodriguez 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 Mr. Rodriguez at Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Santiago Rodriguez also enjoys a distinguished reputation as a teacher and master-clinician. Since 1980, he was a member of the Piano Division at the University of Maryland where he held the rank of Professor and Artist-in-residence. Mr. 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.

Short Biography:
Santiago Rodriguez is professor of keyboard performance and chair of the Department of Keyboard Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Mr. Rodriguez made his Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Dennis Russell Davis. 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. 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. Mr. Rodriguez 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 Mr. Rodriguez at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Santiago Rodriguez also enjoys a distinguished reputation as a teacher and master-clinician. Since 1980, he was a member of the Piano Division at the University of Maryland where he held the rank of professor and artist-in-residence. Mr. 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.


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“Santiago Rodriguez, the Cuban-American virtuoso, is born for Rachmaninov, and I doubt whether any of the works on these two discs have often been played with such a spellbinding mix of high-born virtuosity and poetic glamour.”—Gramophone


Contact Information:

  • Santiago Rodriguez
  • Phone: 305 284-2161
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  • Frost School of Music
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  • Coral Gables, FL 33124-7610

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