An evening with Clara Rodriguez and Chopin in Kew

The Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodríguez played on Saturday February 7th in Kew,in the enchanting borough
of Richmond, very close to the world famous botanical park of Kew Gardens.
The concert , to a full house , was held in the beautiful church of St. Anne’s – built in 1714-
under the auspices and by invitation of the Kew Sinfonia conducted by Marc Dooley .
Clara Rodriguez was the soloist in the virtuoso Concerto No 1 in E minor by Frederic Chopin .
The audience showed their appreciation to the artist offering her a long ovation, beautiful bouquets
of spring flowers and sending messages of congratulations .
On previous occasions Marc Dooley and Clara Rodriguez have shared the stage interpreting
the Schumann Concerto in A minor and the Third Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff in London’s
St. John’s Smith Square.
Clara Rodriguez performs regularly in Europe and Venezuela . In 2014 she played two celebratory
concerts for the 39th anniversary of the founding of the Sistema of Youth and Children Orchestras of
Venezuela and with the Municipal Orchestra of Caracas.
Upcoming performances include concerts at St. Martin -in- the- Fields ( April 14 ) ,
Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre ( June 7 ) and with the Typical National Orchestra at the José
Félix Ribas Hall( July 25 ) .
The catalogue of CDs recorded by Clara Rodriguez for the prestigious label Nimbus Records
contains five albums of music for piano by Teresa Carreño , Moisés Moleiro , Federico Ruiz ,
” VENEZUELA ” and Ernesto Lecuona. Independently she has produced discs of late works by
Frederic Chopin and with El Cuarteto live. Clara Rodriguez teaches the piano at the JD of the
Royal College of Music in London .

There is only one word for your performance last night: magnificent! So inspiring to hear such wonderful music rendered so faultlessly, and with such incredible sensitivity. I was genuinely moved to tears by it, and I thank you. The Sinfonia generally, was very competent but with you they rose to a higher level, accompanying you with immaculate timing and especial sensitivity. I thought the conductor was excellent, as well. Altogether a most enjoyable evening, and one I will long remember“. William Roberts

” We spent yesterday a wonderful musical evening with the Kew Sinfonia and especially with your magnificent performance of Chopin.
So this morning we wanted to congratulate you for your great talent as a pianist , your brilliance and your smile . Certainly there is the technical and work but also vitality and a great joviality . What a joy for us spectators. Congratulations for this exceptional moment ” Guy, Isabel and Florian Aucomte

“It was FABULOUS! Really great – I’d forgotten what a
long / involved piece of music that is. I can’t believe you learned
it in just a few months. It really is a big work and you really
nailed it! Really beautiful. It was a great evening – you
must play that piece again – it’s so pretty.”

“Thank you very much Clara, it was truly sublime !!!”

Your concert was a triumph. The audience was spell-bound, and as you could hear from the applause and “bravos”, tremendously appreciative.

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