The international scenario opens to the talent of the young Venezuelan orchestra conductor Rodolfo Barráez, a new promise in the Latin American music scene. After winning the First Prize of the OFUNAM International Orchestra Conducting Prize (2018), heir to one of the most important competitions on the continent, such as the Eduardo Mata International Prize for Orchestra Conducting, Rodolfo will be leading 20 different orchestras such as the UNAM Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, Minería Symphony Orchestra, Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, between 2019-2021. He made his debut in Europe in 2019, where he performed at the Berlin Philharmonie alongside the Hauptstadt Sinfonie-Orchester.
Rodolfo's youth, in this case, is anchored to a premature experience that pays off in each of his exigency and his gestures on the podium. It should not surprise us that, with only 22 years of age, Barráez was one of the fourteen conductors chosen among hundreds of applicants to take part in the fifth edition of The Mahler Competition, alongside the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Bamberg, Germany.
Barráez is also an outstanding violinist formed at the Latin American Violin Academy in Caracas, Venezuela. Currently, Rodolfo performs as a violinist with many high-level orchestras in Berlin. Between 2011-2017, he was a member of the first violins of the laureate Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra, being conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Gustavo Dudamel, among others. With this orchestra, he performed in widely known scenarios such as the Teatro Alla Scala of Milan, Royal Festival Hall of London, Salzburg Festival, and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space.
Barráez's growth within the orchestra has given him the advantage of knowing it from the inside, from its foundations. Fact that has made him a detailed conductor, who knows how much he can get out of each section, how much he can ask each instrumentalist and how a phrase can be worked to be learned and understood in its broadest musical and historical meaning.
During the period 2015-2017, he was the principal guest conductor of the Falcón Symphony Orchestra, orchestra with which he made his debut at the age of 17 with Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
Rodolfo began his orchestra conducting career guided by Teresa Hernández, and then continued it under the guidance of maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of the Venezuelan National System of Youth and Children Orchestras and Choirs (El Sistema).
Barráez is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and the National Experimental University of Arts in Caracas, Venezuela. His work degree was published by the Cayambis Music Press editorial in Virginia, USA. Currently, he is enrolled in a Master in Orchestral Conducting studies under the guidance of Prof. Christian Ehwald & Opera Conducting with Prof. Hans-Dieter Baum at the renowned Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. At the same time, he develops as a conductor at the internationally renowned El Sistema, conducting orchestras such as the Simón Bolívar Symphony. His brilliant career is prosperous and full of international commitments in which he will have the opportunity to continue showing his extraordinary talent, undoubted charisma, and overflowing personality in each one of the scenarios.