Berlin-based Venezuelan conductor Rodolfo Barráez made his debut with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin in 2020. A natural communicator with infectious charisma, Rodolfo brings remarkable vivacity, sensitivity and zeal to his artistry. The 2022-23 season sees him join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Associate Conductor, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a Dudamel Conducting Fellow.
In 2020, Barráez took the 2nd Prize at the Inaugural Siemens-Hallé International Conductor Competition in Manchester, leading to immediate invitations with The Hallé. He was also awarded 1st Prize at the 2018 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México International Conducting Competition (OFUNAM).
Having completed his Bachelor and Master’s conducting studies at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, and previously his Bachelor at the Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes de Venezuela. Rodolfo made his European debut at Philharmonie Berlin in 2019 with the Hauptstadt Sinfonie-Orchester. In summer 2022, he was selected to take part in the Conducting Fellowship of the Verbier Festival, where he filled in the roll of assistant conductor for Charles Dutoit and Gianandrea Noseda, among others.
Some of his most recent guest conductor performances were with Appasionato Orchestra at the Verbier Festival 2022, Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, The Hallé Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony, Bogotá Philharmonic, Yucatán Philharmonic, Querétaro Symphony Orchestra, UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra, Minería Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Future highlights include his debut in the United States of America, alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a series of concerts for the following seasons at the Hollywood Bowl.
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 to his conducting career as an eminent violinist. 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.
This biography is not to be edited without permission from Askonas Holt.