Berlin-based Venezuelan conductor Rodolfo Barráez made his European debut in 2019 with the Hauptstadt Sinfonie-Orchester at Philharmonie Berlin. Currently completing his Master’s conducting studies at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Rodolfo is a natural communicator with infectious charisma, bringing remarkable vivacity, sensitivity and zeal to his artistry. From 2015-17, Rodolfo served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Falcón Symphony Orchestra. In 2021, Rodolfo debuted with the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin and RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid.
A recipient of numerous international competition awards, Rodolfo recently took the 2nd Prize at the Inaugural 2020 Siemens-Hallé International Conductor Competition in Manchester (leading to immediate invitations with The Hallé), 1st Prize at the 2018 Philharmonic Orchestra of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México International Conducting Competition (OFUNAM), and was a participant at the prestigious Mahler Competition 2016.
In addition to The Hallé, significant future guest conducting engagements include Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, Minería Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony, Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Jalisco Philharmonic, and Orchestra UNAM Philharmonic, among many others.
Strongly influenced by his own remarkable education as part of El Sistema under the guidance of Teresa Hernández and José A. Abreu, Rodolfo is committed to contributing to music education. In 2019, Rodolfo founded the Falcón Conducting Workshop; an organization that nurtures and supports the development of emerging conductors through masterclass and workshop series in his home country. Rodolfo has also led conducting masterclasses at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas. In addition, as part of El Sistema Greece and supported by the Hilti Foundation, Rodolfo provided performance training to young musicians from deprived communities in Greece, furthering his passion for bringing young people together through music performance and education.
Rodolfo formed the intrinsic roots to his conducting career as an eminent violinist; he performs regularly orchestras such as Kammerorchester Berlin, Berliner Konzertorchester and Deutschen Philharmonie Berlin at Konzerthaus Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Tonhalle Zürich. Previously a member of the Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra, Rodolfo has performed under Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel at venues such as Teatro Alla Scala Milan, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Salzburg Festival, and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space.
Rodolfo is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he continues his Master’s studies in Orchestral & Opera Conducting under Professor Christian Ehwald and Professor Hans-Dieter Baum. As a graduate of the National Experimental University of the Arts in Caracas, Venezuela, Rodolfo’s work has been published by the Cayambis Music Press Editorial in Virginia (USA).
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Jessica Wadey, September 2020