A natural communicator with infectious charisma, Berlin-based Venezuelan conductor, Rodolfo Barráez, brings remarkable vivacity, sensitivity, and zeal to his artistry. The 2023-2024 season sees him join the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Conductor, as well as begin his second season as Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He also joins the Opera de Paris this season as Conductor-in-Residence.
Awarded first prize at the 2023 Hong Kong International Conducting Competition, previous competition successes include first prize at the 2018 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México International Conducting Competition (OFUNAM), and second prize at the 2020 Siemens-Hallé International Conductor Competition in Manchester.
The 22-23 season saw Rodolfo give debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, conducting Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, the Münchener Kammerorchester on their tour of South America, the Gävle Symfoniorkester, among others. Some of his most recent guest conductor performances were with Appassionato Orchestre at the Verbier Festival 2022, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, The Hallé Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orquesta Sinfónica de la RTVE, Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, Filarmónica de Bogotá, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Orquesta Sinfónica de Querétaro, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, among others.
Future highlights include performances with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro Radio Televisión Española and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar on tour in Asia.
Having completed a Bachelor degree in conducting at the Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes de Venezuela, Barráez also studied a Bachelor and Master degree in conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Strongly influenced by his own remarkable education as part of El Sistema under the guidance of José Antonio Abreu and Teresa Hernández, Rodolfo is committed to contributing to music education. In 2019, Rodolfo founded the Falcón Conducting Workshop; an organisation which nurtures and supports the development of emerging conductors through masterclass and workshop series in his hometown as well as worldwide at high renowned institutions such as the 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 of his conducting career as an eminent violinist. Previously a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica Teresa Carreño de Venezuela, Rodolfo has performed under Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, and Gustavo Dudamel at venues such as Teatro Alla Scala Milan, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Salzburg Festival, and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space.
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