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Clara Rodriguez is one of the most distinguished of the present generation of international artists. Her fascinating way of programming has consistently contrasted traditional classical music with the output of South American composers. At seventeen she won a scholarship that enabled her to come to London to study at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick. Clara Rodriguez has also studied under Guiomar Narváez, Regina Smendzianka, Niel Immelman and Paul Badura-Skoda In Caracas, aged sixteen she made her debut playing Mozart Piano Concerto No 27 with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under the baton of José Antonio Abreu; from then on Clara Rodriguez’s career as a concert pianist has taken her to tour in Europe, India, Egypt, Tunisia and the Americas. Her playing is described as highly expressive, sensitive with considerable digital clarity and stylistic acumen. In London she is a much loved performer who constantly plays to great acclaim as a soloist at Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Saint Martin-in-the-Fields and at St John’s Smith Square. Glowing reviews are regularly written about her concerts and discography on the Nimbus label which includes CDs of the piano music of composers such as Ernesto Lecuona, Moises Moleiro, Federico Ruiz and Teresa Carreño “Clara Rodriguez provides performances of alluring vivacity allied to that most essential of requisites- CHARM.” Gramophone She published a collection of dances by 18 different composers in her CD “VENEZUELA” of which critic Jeremy Nicholas wrote “Clara Rodriguez makes the most of her innate feel for the exuberant and languorous, dispatching the toe-tapping cross-rhythms with panache and a light touch. A treasure chest from which to cherry pick” Other CDs by Clara Rodriguez are Chopin Late Works and Clara Rodriguez & El Cuarteto Live in concert in Caracas. They are regularly played on BBC Radio 3 and networks worldwide. Clara Rodríguez was awarded the 2015 LUKAS prize as Classical Music Personality of the Year. The Latin-UK Awards (LUKAS) is the only award to recognize the contribution of Britain’s one million Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese residents. It is the most media covered Latin event in the UK’s history, reaching an estimated 15 million people in the UK, North and South America. She has commissioned and premièred many works including Federico Ruiz’s Second Piano Concerto which she recorded with the Orquesta Municipal de Caracas. Recently she has been invited to play a series of celebratory concertos with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra as well as other El Sistema Orchestras for their 40th Anniversary and played in the celebrations of the 25th Orquesta Municipal de Caracas Anniversary Concert Series, Chopin Concerto No 1. Clara Rodriguez has successfully produced and co-wrote Gypsy Ballade, Liszt in petticoats, Franz Liszt his poets and demons; these are shows that combine words, visual effects and piano music. Clara Rodriguez has founded and directed three music festivals: San Martin Theatre of Caracas 1993-1998; Clara Rodríguez Bolívar Hall Concert Series 2013 and A Legendary Piano Festival of Caracas 2013. Clara Rodriguez is a repertoire adviser to the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and has edited piano albums for Spartan Press Publishers. Clara Rodriguez teaches the piano at the JD of the Royal College of Music. Her latest Saint Martin-in-the Fields recital "Appassionata Sonata by candlelight" was received with a standing ovation from the large audience, many congratulatory messages were sent to the artist, the following gives a good insight into the programme played: “World music indeed! The concept could not have become more clear in our minds after listening to Clara Rodriguez interpretations of works by Bach, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Albéniz, Villa-Lobos, the Venezuelans Teresa Carreño, Luisa Elena Paesano and the Argentinean Ariel Ramírez. Clara’s expressive and powerful performances conveyed great lyricism to a magnetized audience entwining the works of these composers in a unity of spirituality in time and space at Saint Martin-in-the- Fields. Clara Rodriguez has again demonstrated that musical poetry is a universal means of communication. A true tour de force, an unforgettable evening.” More reviews: “Clara Rodriguez’s vibrant temperament and her rhythmic èlan mark her out as a leading exponent of Latin American music. She is a very special artist.” RCM Professor Niel Immelman “Playing with a passion that keeps her from coming up for air, she delivers the contemporary classic works with a fluidity and grace that takes things to a whole other level of the game. One of those players that makes you wonder how she can make so much sound all by herself. Do not go to hear her expecting it to be some wine and cheese recital music, this is a South American piano playing gem. A winner throughout.” Chris Spector. Midwest Review. US “The CD Venezuela allows Rodríguez to combine her technical mastery of the piano with discerning interpretations born from her Venezuelan background, and this CD firmly establishes her as the pre-eminent exponent of Latin American piano music on the world stage.” Peter Ttoouli Iberoamerican Society UK “What a treat was in store for the gratifyingly large audience at the Purcell Room last autumn. There was a pianist of rare quality to meet us with grace of demeanour and palpable pleasure in her very special brand of musicianship. Her name? Clara Rodríguez; not a newcomer, but one whose return to the Southbank had been rightly anticipated with eagerness by former admirers. And why is she so special? She can and does play softly, with a range of nuance between pianissimo and mezzoforte of rare subtlety, of the kind which makes the music steal upon the ear like vibrations from another world. The evening produced an unforgettable spell of unsullied beauty” Musical opinion, London “Clara Rodriguez plays the music from South America like no other pianist, with a marvellous sense of phrasing, poetry and sparkling dynamism. This music belongs to her” Arioso International. Saint Quentin. France “A poet of the piano; if I was a pianist I would like to play my pieces the way she does” Antonio Estevez. Composer. Her next London recital is at St. James’s Church Piccadilly on Saturday 16 April 2016

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