Clara Rodriguez, Piano Teacher in London

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 ABOUT ME

With an experience of over 25 years, Clara Rodriguez has been an active, sought after private teacher of students that travel from as far afield as India, France, different corners of the UK and Venezuela to receive tuition from her.

Her students have won many competitions and scholarships to different schools in their countries. Some have entered the main music colleges of the UK such as the Royal Welsh, the Guildhall, The Royal
College of Music and Trinity College as well as Oxford and Cambridge universities and are now pursuing successful performing careers.
As a member of the of the Royal College of Music Junior Department staff since 2006 her students have performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Albert Hall (Elgar Room) and have been successful in the Royal Philharmonic Society Duet Competition as well as on international competitions.
She is in demand as an adjudicator in several countries and gives masterclasses internationally.

Languages: English, Spanish, French

 “It gives me great pleasure to be able to share my passion and expertise with my students. From day one, they learn important techniques to help them boost their skills and self-esteem.I  adapt my lessons according to each student’s needs. Contact me today to learn how I can help you achieve your pianistic goals.”

MY BACKGROUND

“The Venezuelan virtuoso pianist Clara Rodriguez”
The Daily Telegraph
Education and Concert career

Clara Rodriguez has built up an enviable international reputation for her innovative programme planning juxtaposing standard
repertoire and works by South American composers.
Her playing has been described as being highly expressive,
sensitive with considerable digital clarity and stylistic acumen.

“An act class” was how the Sunday Times described her new released CD.
At sixteen she was in her eighth year at the Conservatorio Juan
José Landaeta of Caracas when she took part in a national competition judged by Michael Gough Matthews and
Barbara Boissard, the then directors of The Royal College of Music’s Senior and Junior Departments. She was awarded the Teresa Carreño Scholarship that enabled her to come to London to study at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick.
There she studied for a year at the JD and at Senior College
graduated from the Performers’ Course and a two year Post-Graduate.

She was the recipient of many prizes and awards such
as the Scarlatti Prize, the Mozart Prize and the Percy Buck Award, as finalist in the Chappell Prize; with the RCM orchestras she performed concertos by Mozart, De Falla, Ravel and Gershwin.
Clara Rodriguez has also studied with Guiomar Narváez (Venezuela), Regina Smendzianka (Poland),
Niel Immelman (U.K.) Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria) and Irina Zaritskaya (Russia).
In Caracas, aged sixteen she made her debut playing Mozart Piano Concerto K595 with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under the baton of José Antonio Abreu; from then on Clara Rodriguez’s career as a solo pianist has taken her to perform worldwide.
In London she is a hugely popular performer who plays to great acclaim at the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre,
Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, Leighton House, Bolívar Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly and St John’s Smith Square.
Recently she has been invited to play a series of celebratory
concertos with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra as well as with other El Sistema Orchestras for their 40th Anniversary. Clara Rodríguez
also played in the celebrations of the 35th Orquesta Municipal de Caracas Anniversary Concert Series and the Fitzrovia Festival
(Fitzfest) alongside clarinetist and conductor Michael Collins.

Her commercial recordings on labels such as ASV, Meridian and Universal have received outstanding critical acclaim. At present she has six albums on Nimbus Records of the piano music by:
Teresa Carreño, Ernesto Lecuona, Moises Moleiro and Federico Ruiz.
Her CD, “Venezuela”, contains a collection of dances by 18 composers and
“Americas without frontiers” her newly recorded album with music from countries such as Haiti, Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, The USA, Argentina and Venezuela is also available to the public.
Other titles on her discography are:
Chopin Late Works – Classical Recording Company
El Cuarteto & Clara Rodríguez – Live in Concert in Caracas.
These CDs are broadcast by networks worldwide.

I’m here to make the learning process easier and more enjoyable for you. Contact me to see how my teaching can help.

 

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Clara Rodriguez plays a Recital at Arundells – Salisbury on Thursday 3 May 2018 at 7.00 pm

I am very pleased to go back to play in this wonderful place in Salisbury. 59 Cathedral Close was the home of ex Prime Minister of the UK, Sir Edward Heath, from 1985 until his death.

As part of the Dominic Seligman Project I have played half a dozen recitals on Sir Edward’s beautiful Steinway piano.

This time my programme will include:

Beethoven: “Moonlight” Sonata Op. 27 No 2

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque

Ravel: Ondine

César Prato (piano version by Pedro Toro) .: Media luna andina

Germán Darío Pérez: Ancestro

Pianist Dominic Seligman will introduce the pieces and read poems that inspired “Clair de lune” and “Ondine”. He will also perform pieces by Chabrier and Poulenc.

 Photography by Antolin Sanchez

Pianist Clara Rodriguez brings Latin American music to Stamford

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Clara Rodriguez plays on Saturday 28th April at the the Stamford International Music Festival

I am delighted to take part in this most exciting festival organized by the young violinist Freya Goldmak with whom I shall have the pleasure to perform the UK première of “Cantabile” by Miguel Astor as well as 20 minutes of Latin Amercian solo pieces plus the wonderful “Cuatro estaciones porteñas” by Astor Piazzolla -piano trio version.

Saturday 7:30pm, Oswald Elliott Hall, St Paul’s Street, PE9 1QD

Clara Rodriguez is one of the most distinguished international pianists working in the country. Well-known for her championing of South American composers alongside music from the traditional classical canon, her extraordinary discography and the ‘alluring vivacity’ of her playing has earned her high praise from the likes of Gramophone.

For this evening concert, Rodriguez has designed a fantastic programme for our enjoyment: five solo pieces, highlighting a repertoire of composers from Cuba and her native Venezuela; a UK premiere for violin and piano by renowned Venezuelan composer Miguel Astor; and finally, a selection of works by Astor Piazzolla to round off an evening of heady South American charm.

An evening not to be missed!thumbnail_partitura CD

Programme:

Teresa Carreño – ‘Mi Teresita waltz’ (solo)

Luisa Elena Paesano – ‘Pajarillo’ (solo)

Evencio Castellanos – ‘Mañanita caraqueña’ (solo)

Federico Ruiz – ‘Zumba que zumba’ (solo)

Ernesto Lecuona – ‘Conga de medianoche, La comparsa, Malagueña’ (solo)

Miguel Astor – ‘Cantabile’, UK premiere, for violin and piano to be performed by festival founder Freya Goldmark and Clara Rodriguez

Astor Piazzolla – Selection of Tangos for Double Bass and Violin

Interval

Astor Piazzolla – ‘Oblivion’ for String Trio

Astor Piazzolla – ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ for Piano Trio

Americas Without Frontiers CD by pianist Clara Rodriguez reviewed on The Sunday Times

Refined playing

“The Venezuelan is a doughty champion of Latin-American music, and her programme of piano pieces reaches below and often jaunty surface to capture the region’s deeper soul.

The Venezuelan works by Antonio Estévez and Juan Carlos Núñez are especially captivating, while the Gershwin Three Preludes are a class act.”

Stephen Pettit, Sunday Times Jan 28 2018

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“Américas Sin Fronteras” CD en el Sunday Times de Londres

“La venezolana*  es una valiente defensora de la música latinoamericana, y su refinada manera de tocar el programa de piezas para piano alcanza la superficie más baja y con frecuencia alegre para capturar el alma más profunda de la región.Las obras venezolanas de Antonio Estévez y Juan Carlos Núñez son (especialmente) cautivadoras, mientras que los Tres Preludios de Gershwin son un acto magistral”

*Pianista, Clara Rodríguez

Stephen Pettit. Sunday Times Culture Magazine. 28.01.2018

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#AmericasWithoutFrontiers #AméricasSinFronteras #CD,

Américas Sin Fronteras CD reseñado en la revista International Piano. “Un excelente lanzamiento.”

 

Americas Without Frontiers Works by Prieto, Ramírez, Pérez, Estévez, Núñez, Nazareth, Gershwin, Vitier, Cervantes, Lamothe and Romero

Clara Rodriguez (pf), Carlos Nené Quintero (perc.) Carlos Rodríguez (bass) Edwin Arellano (cuatro), Manuel Rangel (maracas)

Nimbus NI 6346

*****

“El lado multiculturalista de las Américas se celebra en este vivaz disco de la pianista venezolana Clara Rodríguez, que representa la cultura musical de amerindios, europeos y africanos.

Desde el principio, el ambiente es de fiesta, con maracas añadidas al Apure en un viaje de Genaro Prieto, un joropo
venezolano.

El colombiano Germán Dario Pérez aporta un bambuco, Ancestro, antes de que las 17 Piezas Infantiles del venezolano Antonio Estévez hablen de una profundidad que desmiente su título.

Rodríguez interpreta esta música con habilidad innata, encontrando infinita ternura y nostálgica lamentación.

Dos tangos de Nazaret, llenos de energía (el segundo es el conocido Odeón), conducen a un relato robusto de los Tres Preludios de Gershwin antes de que surja la gloriosa Danza de fin de siglo de José María Vitier, con su resplandeciente trabajo de digitación.

La seductora pieza por Lamothe, La dangereuse, ofrece otro punto culminante.

Un excelente lanzamiento.”

 

Colin Clarke. Marzo Abril 2018. International Piano magazine.

 

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Americas Without Frontiers CD “A superb release”

Americas Without Frontiers CD reviewed on International Piano magazine

Americas Without Frontiers Works by Prieto, Ramírez, Pérez, Estévez, Núñez, Nazareth, Gershwin, Vitier, Cervantes, Lamothe and Romero

Clara Rodriguez (pf), Carlos Nené Quintero (perc.) Carlos Rodríguez (bass) Edwin Arellano (cuatro), Manuel Rangel (maracas)

Nimbus NI 6346

*****

The multiculturalist side of the Americas is celebrated in this vivacious disc by Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodriguez, from Amerindian to European to Black African. Right from the off, the atmosphere is that of fiesta, with added maracas to Genaro Prieto’s Apure en un viaje, a Venezuelan joropo.

Colombian Germán Darío Pérez contributes a bambuco, Ancestro, before 17 Piezas Infantiles by Venezuelan Antonio Estevez speak of a depth tha belies their title. Rodriguez plays this music to the manner born, finding infinite tenderness and nostalgic regret.

Two tangos by Nazareth, full of energy (the second is the well known Odeon), lead to a robust account  of Gershwin’s Three Preludes before Cuban Jose Maria Vitier’s glorious Danza de fin de siglo, with its glittering passagework, emerges.

Lamothe’s slinky La dangereuse offers another highlight.

A superb release.”

 

 

 

Colin Clarke. March April 2018. International Piano magazine.

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