Acclaimed for his exhilarating, passionate performances, innate musicality and technical prowess, Spanish violist Jesús Rodolfo has been praised by The New York Times Digest as, "a star whose light transcends the stage." His expressive interpretations, wide repertoire and command of his instrument’s luminous, dark, rich tones have filled the halls of major venues worldwide.
Since making his professional debut at age 12 in the Auditorio Principe Felipe in Oviedo, Spain, Rodolfo has performed with many of Spain’s foremost orchestras, and his professional relationships with orchestras and presenters worldwide continue to expand.
Upcoming engagements for Jesus Rodolfo include recitals at Spain’s Clasicos en Verano Festival in Madrid, Luarca, and Barcelona (all postponed due to COVID-19), as well as the presentation of his latest album release in New York City where he has resided the last 10 years. Performances as a soloist include include his debut at Berlin Philharmonie in Berlin and with Oviedo Filarmonia Orchestra, where he will premiere the revised version of Anton Garcia Abril’s Viola Concerto Cantos de Ordesa under conductor Anthony Gabrielle (both postponed due to COVID-19). Jesus is looking forward to releasing his fourth album Romeo&Juliet in 2021, which will include works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.
Jesus Rodolfo has performed with orchestras from Asturias, Barcelona, Cordoba, Gijón, and León, as well as Youth Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, Oviedo Filarmonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Mannes Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, Orquesta del Conservatorio Superior de Música de Oviedo, and the Bratislawa Chamber Orchestra. He premiered Salvador Brotons' Viola Concerto in Poland in 2012 with Bratislawa Chamber Orchestra at Arsenal Festival in Wroclaw. He has appeared in recital at venues including Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, DiMenna Center for the Arts, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, HIGHLINENINE, the Norwood Club, LeFrak Hall at Queens College, Saint Stephen’s Church and the Tenri Institute in New York City, at the Embassy of Lithuania, Washington, DC, California’s iPalpiti Festival, Montreal's Contemporary Art Museum, Italy’s The Spheres, and Spain’s Auditorio Nacional de España, Museo del Prado, Museo Carmen Thyssen, Auditorio Luarca, Center Niemeyer, Teatro Jovellanos in Gijon, Teatro Filarmonica in Oviedo, Teatro Cervantes and Teatro Echegaray, to name a few. Music festival credits include Bach International, Bowdoin, Cadiz, Castleton, Chelsea Music, Clasicos en Verano, Malaga#Clasica, Music@Menlo, and Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Numerous performances of his have aired on National Classical Radio of Spain, as well as in TV Network and Broadcast in the United States of America
Rodolfo has released three critically acclaimed recordings to date. In summer 2017 he released his first album, Paul Hindemith Sonatas for Viola and Piano on the Skillman Music label. In 2018 he released Transfixing Metamorphosis for Odradek. His latest album is Paul Hindemith Sonatas for Viola Solo (June 2019) for which Scherzo Magazine praised, “There are magic moments, such as the passacaglia that closes the 1919 Sonata, or electrifying, like the unemployed value of the 1922 finale… .”
In November 2020 Jesus released for Beethoven's 250 Anniversary the Single "Moonlight", with the Korean-American pianist Min Young Kang. This score includes the unpublished viola part by the British Composer York Bowen for the famous first movement of Beethoven's
Invited on a regular basis to perform with Orquesta Nacional de España as guest principal viola, Jesus Rodolfo previously served as Principal Violist and Soloist of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) with the GMJO, he performed all over Europe with such renowned conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Antonio Pappano, Herbert Blomstedt, Ingo Metzmacher and David Afkham.
Jesus’ artistry has been recognized with several honors and awards, including First Prize, Mozart Competition , Manhattan School of Music (2015), First Prize, Mannes College of Music Concerto Competition (2103), the Angel Muñiz Toca prize (2010), the 2008 CajaMadrid Chamber Music and Young Artist Intercentros National competitions, and in 2007, León, Spain’s Young Soloist Competition, as well as finalist at Windsor (2013) and Tertis (2009) Competitions.
Jesús Rodolfo began his studies at the age of 7
with violist Wieslaw Rekucki Krupa, followed by studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música “Eduardo Martinez Torner de Oviedo,” where upon graduation with a Bachelor in Music (Viola and Piano), he was awarded the prestigious Honorary Diploma. Jesus Rodolfo has studied his Certificate in Performance, Master of Music and Artist Diplomas at Yale University School of Music, Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music - The New School, Manhattan School of Music, and also holds a Doctor of Music Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University. His mentors are Wieslaw Rekucki, Jesse Levine, Paul Neubauer, Lawrence Dutton and Nicholas Cords. Jesus performs on the only exact replica of the decorated Stradivarius Viola "Spanish Court" from the Palatine Quartet of Stradivarius of the Royal Palace of Madrid. The original instrument is one of the only decorated instruments known to have been made as part of a set. Born in Asturias, Spain, Jesus is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, holds a degree in Architecture and currently resides in New York City.