Acclaimed for his exhilarating, passionate performances, innate musicality and technical prowess, Spanish violist Jesús Rodolfo enjoys a growing international career. His expressive interpretations, wide repertoire and command of his instrument’s luminous, dark, rich tones have resulted in performances in 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 Mr. Rodolfo include recitals at Spain’s Clasicos en Verano Festival and in Luarca, Madrid Barcelona, as well as in New York City. Orchestral performances include Germany’s Berlin Philharmonie and Spain’s Oviedo Filarmonia, with whom he will give the premiere of the revised version of Anton Garcia Abril’s viola concerto Cantos de Ordesa under conductor Anthony Gabriele. Mr. Rodolfo also records and will tour selections from Prokofiev’s Ballet Romeo & Juliet with pianist Min Young Kang.
Jesús Rodolfo has performed with such symphony orchestras as Asturias, Barcelona, Burgos-Teatro Principal, Cordoba, Gijón, and León, Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, Oviedo Filarmonia, Yale Philharmonia, Orquesta del Conservatorio Superior de Música de Oviedo, and the Bratislawa Chamber Orchestra. With Camerata Baltica, he gave the world premiere of Salvador Brotons’s Viola Concerto at Poland’s International Music Festival. He has appeared in recital at venues including Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, DiMenna Center for the Arts, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, HIGHLINENINE, Concerts on the Slope (Brooklyn), 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, Canada’s Contemporary Art Museum, Italy’s The Spheres, and Spain’s Auditorio Nacional de España, Museo Carmen Thyssen, Auditorio Luarca, Fine Arts Museum, National Concert Hall (Madrid), Center Niemeyer, 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 Luzern. His performances have aired on National Classical Radio of Spain.
Mr. Rodolfo, in addition to his upcoming 2020 release featuring selections from Prokofiev’s Ballet Romeo & Juliet with pianist Min Young Kang, has released three recordings. In summer 2017, he released his first CD, “Hindemith Sonatas for Viola Solo” on the Skillman Music label. In 2018, he released “Transfixing Metamorphosis” for Odradek. His latest recording is “Paul Hindemith Complete Sonatas for Viola and Piano” (June 2019) for which Scherzo magazine praised, “There are magic moments, such as the passagecaglia that closes the 1919 Sonata, or electrifying, like the unemployed value of the 1922 finale…”
Invited on a regular basis to perform with Orquesta Nacional de España as guest principal viola, Jesús 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 Abad, Antonio Pappano, Herbert Blomstedt, Ingo Metzmacher and David Afkham.
Rodolfo’s artistry has been recognized with several honors and awards, including 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.” .
Fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, 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. Rodolfo also holds a Certificate in Performance diploma from Yale University, a Masters from The Juilliard School, as well as a Doctor of Music Arts Degree from Stony Brook University. Rodolfo’s mentors are Paul Neubauer, Lawrence Dutton and Nicholas Cords. Born in Asturias, Spain, Rodolfo currently resides in New York City.