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. Jesus is looking forward to recording his fourth album Romeo&Juliet, 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 with Braislawa 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, 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. Numerous performances of his have aired on National Classical Radio of Spain.
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… .”
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.
Rodolfo’s 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.
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 from Stony Brook University. His mentors are Paul Neubauer, Lawrence Dutton and Nicholas Cords. Rodolfo performs on an exact replica of the decorated Stradivarius viola from the Royal Collection Stradivaris of the Royal Palace of Madrid; he is the only musician to have been granted permission to have a replica made. The original instrument is one of the only decorated instruments known to have been made as part of a set. Born in Asturias, Spain, Rodolfo currently resides in New York City.