Santiago E Rodriguez


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About Me


I have been playing the piano since age 5. The reason I continue to do it at this present, advanced age is that I’m still trying to get it right.


Santiago Rodriguez is the highly acclaimed Professor and Chair of the Keyboard Performance department at the Frost School of Music.  Professor Rodriguez has been hailed as “a phenomenal pianist” by The New York Times and singled out as “among the finest pianists in the world” (according to The Baltimore Sun).  He began performing at age ten, launching a 35-year career with a vast classical repertoire that has brought him international acclaim.

Rodriguez’s international credits include performances with the world’s leading orchestras -- the London Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Weimar Philharmonic, the Yomiuri-Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic of Finland, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, Seattle, Indianapolis, American Composers’, and Houston Symphony Orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Santiago Rodriguez’s talents have taken him all over the world -- to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Montreal’s Theatre Maisonneuve, the Santander Festival in Spain, Schauspielhaus in Berlin, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, to the prestigious Ravenna Festival in Italy, and concerts in Finland, China and Taiwan.

Little wonder then that the critics are so enamoured with him. This line from a review posted after a performance in Italy sums up his success: “He conquered the audience.”

Still, Mr. Rodriguez’s kudos don’t stop there. As a chamber musician, he’s collaborated with the Guarneri String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He also toured extensively as member of a piano trio with Ruggiero Ricci and Nathaniel Rosen, as well as with such distinguished musicians as Walter Trampler, Ransom Wilson, Gervaise de Peyer, Aurora Nátola-Ginastera, and Robert McDuffie.

Mr. Rodriguez’ vast classical repertoire reflects that versatility, as evidenced by performances that span the past 35 years and over 65 concertos. They include the works of Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Gershwin, Liszt, Schumann, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Prokofiev. The list also encompasses a number of lesser known compositions as well, including those by Khachaturian, Strauss, Saint-Saëns, MacDowell, Falla, Pónce, Surinach, Albéniz, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Previn.

As if that wasn’t enough to single his success, Mr. Rodriguez has also been cited as one of today’s foremost interpreters of the music of Sergei Rachmaninov. He is currently recording The Rachmaninov Edition, which, when completed, will encompass the entire catalogue of Rachmaninov’s original solo piano compositions. The three volumes which have been released so far have received international acclaim, including one review which described him as “born for Rachmaninov” and “a spellbinding mix of high-born virtuosity and poetic glamour.” Volume 2 was awarded the Washington Area Music Award for best classical recording of 1995, and Volume 3 was selected by Classical Pulse as one of the best recordings of 1995. Mr. Rodriguez has also recorded numerous works on Élan Recordings, earning equal acclaim along the way.

Mr. Rodriguez made his concert debut at age ten performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the New Orleans Philharmonic. His international career was launched in 1981 when he won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He subsequently received a special prize for the best performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Touches, a work commissioned for the competition. Mr. Rodriguez’ unique life and artistry were profiled on CBS “Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault” in 1993. He has also been featured numerous times on the ABC, NBC, PBS, CNN, BBC, and CBC television networks.

In addition to his other credits, Mr. Rodriguez also enjoys a distinguished reputation as a teacher and master clinician. He was a member of the Piano Division at the University of Maryland where he held the rank of Professor and Artist-in-residence. He has also presented masterclasses at many major music schools and national/state teacher’s conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, he was Chair of the Jury at the William Kapell International Piano Competition in College Park, Maryland, and the San Antonio International Piano Competition in Texas. Santiago Rodriguez is also the Artistic Director of the Florida International Piano Competition and Artist-in-residence at the Endless Mountain Music Festival in Pennsylvania. He holds a Masters degree from Juilliard, and he completed his undergraduate studies magna cum laude at the University of Texas-Austin.



Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience

Career Highlights

  • Cited as one of today’s foremost interpreters of the music of Sergei Rachmaninov.
  • Profiled on CBS “Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault”
  • Numerous international performances with leading orchestras
  • Concert debut at age ten performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the New Orleans Philharmonic

Honors, Awards & Competitions

  • Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
  • Special prize for the best performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Touches, a work commissioned for the competition.
  • Recordings:
  • Rachmaninov and Prokofiev Third Concertos
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
  • The Concertino for piano, strings, and cymbals of Carlos Surinach
  • Leonard Bernstein’s Touches
  • Piano concertos from the movies Nightsong and Phantom of the Opera, featured on his release, Piano in Hollywood,
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 of Alberto Ginastera
  • Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Berliner Symphoniker and Stephen Gunzenhauser, conducting.