Clara Rodríguez y Michael Collins rinden tributo a Fitzrovia


Este jueves por la tarde se celebró el Festival Fitzrovia en el Bolivar Hall. La afamada pianista venezolana Clara Rodríguez, el conocido clarinetista Michael Collins y una maravillosa orquesta hicieron las delicias musicales de los presentes, durante este homenaje y recorrido a la zona donde tuvo lugar el concierto: Fitzrovia.

Durante el evento tocaron piezas de compositores venezolanos como Otilio Galíndez o  Juan Carlos Núñez y homenajearon a compositores clásicos como Mozart o Wagner. Los músicos que estaban sobre el escenario interpretaron estas obras con una gran habilidad y elegancia, transmitiendo el espíritu de esa música y de Fitzrovia al público y a la casa donde vivió Francisco de Miranda.

Sin duda, una velada inolvidable donde Clara Rodríguez, Michael Collins y la orquesta que les acompañó transportaron a los presentes, a través de su virtuosismo, a la Fitzrovia de épocas pasadas.



FITZFEST 2016 Michael Collins (clarinet) Clara Rodriguez (piano) Festival Musicians


Bolivar Hall 54-56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL

FitzFest 2016
Celebrating London’s Fitzrovia with its entire musical heritage from past generations together with the contemporary diversity that thrives today.

Michael Collins (Clarinet) Clara Rodríguez (Piano) and Festival Musicians

09_bio1picClarinettist Michael Collins

7.30pm | Thursday 9th June 2016


Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 12 KV 414 in A major

Galíndez: Caramba and Pueblos tristes for clarinet and piano

Núñez: Anthology of Venezuelan Waltzes for piano, clarinet and string orchestra

Bliss: Clarinet Quintet

At Bolívar Hall,
54-56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
07956 484812


Pianist Clara Rodriguez




Francisco de Miranda House in Fitzrovia

Furiously rhythmical -My next London concert is on June 7th at 4.00 pm

SouthBank-RGBHow can one explain that some pieces are delicious to play? I can only suggest to travel as far as the Southbank Centre which is much nearer than say Caracas or Buenos Aires to listen and feel that the sounds have a third dimension, that they can be palpable and can be savoured; does it make sense? Please let me know after you’ve been.

I love every bit of the pieces we shall be performing on the afternoon of Sunday 7th June at 4.00 pm at the very prestigious Southbank Centre, one of those London landmarks that I have been visiting since I was a student at the Royal College of Music and where I have had the priviledge of performing regularly since 1992. Since the date and the time are so joyous, a sunny Sunday afternoon, I thought that only a programme full of idem pieces could fit the bill.

Commencing by two magnificent pieces by Albéniz, Evocation and El Puerto, I think that I set the mood evoking past times pregnant with nostalgia as well as the happiness of the music that has dance elements in its core followed by two Argentinean dances by Alberto Ginastera, again two contrasting gems of the piano repertoire. The waltz Adriana by my friend Miguel Astor will be performed just before Gerswihn’s Rhapsody in Blue. After this wonderful well-known piece, I shall be joined by my musician friends to give an account of the beautiful and sad zamba by Ariel Ramírez, Alfonsina y el mar and to follow with the feminine touch, we shall perform Pajarillo by another dear friend, composer Luisa Elena Paesano, the public will feel the happiness of the Venezuelan sunshine in sounds!

The journey will continue down to Brazil with a famous choro by Ernesto Nazareth, Odeon, to then round off  this first half with the popular Joropo by Moisés Moleiro.

Plantio do caboclo by Heitor Villa-Lobos opens the second half to give way to more chorinhos or Brazilian tangos as Nazareth really called them. Colombian music will be represented here by two compositions by Germán Darío Pérez, jazzy but traditional at the same time, his pasillo and bambuco are based on typical rhythms from his country with what we detect as an influence of the genre created by Aldemaro Romero called Onda Nueva.

I have included too the famous Malagueña by the Cuban Ernesto Lecuona redolent of Andalucian feeling and the brilliant Zumba que zumba by Federico Ruiz.

To end this marvellous journey we plan to première a piece by the very young composer Carlos Pérez Tabares, originally written for the piano but under my request he has kindly arranged it by adding the cuatro and the double bass to it, Wilmer and Ernesto have added the percussion and drums. It is called Merengada de pajarillo. I’ll explain more about it in the concert. It is really interesting and exciting…ok, it is a Venezuelan merengue inspired by the joropo called Pajarillo.

In sum it is a very special programme that mixes nostalgic, expressive pieces with fast and happy rhythmical ones . Much of this music is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation, subtle harmonies and it is full of syncopation!

I really hope that you will get a lot of the enjoyment we feel when we perform it.

For tickets and more information:

Clara Rodriguez, piano

Cristóbal Soto, guitar, cuatro, mandolin

Ernesto Marichales, drums

Wilmer Sifontes, percussion

Marius Pibot, double-bass

Clara Rodriguez, a short biography

I was born in Caracas to parents sensitive to the arts. My father was a polemic writer who lived a tormentous life. Sadly he died in 2000 at the age of 64. My parents divorced when I was very young , so my mother  raised my sister Valentina, and I in the best possible way that a mother can: with lots of love, sacrificing her time, and taking me to music school from the age of 7.
I had a great childhood, fantastic and fun training, although strict, at the Conservatorio Juan José Landaeta, located in a beautiful old villa within a residential area of the city.
There were some good old grand pianos and a lovely smell of polished woods and exotic plants. There was a friendly atmosphere and my very elegant piano teacher, Guiomar Narváez introduced me to the great composers through a diet of lots of studies by Hanon, Czerny and the whole spectrum of the European repertoire. She had studied in Caracas and in Vienna. My harmony teacher was composer Angel Sauce, who also the director of the Conservatory.
When I was sixteen I participated in an audition organized by Carlos Díaz Sosa, the judges Michael Gough Matthews and Barbara Boissard had  flown in from the UK. I remember playing a Prelude and Fugue from the Book II of the W.T.C. by J.S. Bach, Chopin Study Op.10 No 1, Reflets dans l’eau by Debussy. They granted me a scholarship to come to study at London’s Royal College of Music  and it was decided that I should have Phyllis Sellick as my teacher. I am ever so grateful to them!
I spent a year at the Junior Department and six at the senior. Phyllis Sellick was my mentor, she was so inspirational, a combination of intellect and imagination, Romanticism and rigour. She had studied with Isidor Phillip and Maurice Ravel in Paris. As an adult, Rachmaninov  was one of her close acquaintances. She was sweet, very intelligent and had the highest standards in piano playing I have ever come across. All the major English composers dedicated piano works to her including Arthur Bliss, Michael Tippet and Vaughan Williams.

Paul Badura-Skoda, Regina Smendzianka and Niel Immelman have also inspired me with their knowledge of piano playing and have had a fundamental influence on me as keep having my pianists friends such as Barry Douglas.

I love playing abroad, but it can also be a bit daunting; the music you play and love at home might not be what people of different cultures might like, or so I used to think. Going to far away countries and cultures like exotic India, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Egypt to play a mixture of  European and Latin American music used to worry me a little, but taught me that people everywhere are eager and happy to receive it. Playing in Europe or the United States has also been really interesting and enriching.

I greatly enjoy performing solo recitals, as well as being a soloist with  orchestras; playing with incredibly talented musicians in ensembles of Classical or Latin American music is always fulfilling and an infinite learning curve.

Sharing the stage with actors as I have with Karin Fernald or Alberto Rowinski in productions of our own such as “Liszt in petticoats” (dedicated to Teresa Carreño) and “Con-cierto humor” has been lovely because I have learnt from their artistic field to listen to the way they deliver their lines so beautifully.

Gypsy Ballade” was another fantastic show that I loved producing and performing alongside Marisela Romero and José Manuel Garzón, actors/dancers that came from Spain. It was inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetry, songs and life mixed with readings from his journals, in English, by Karen Fernald and a fabulous stage decor by French artist Jacques Iselin. I played a number of piano pieces from the Andalusian region of Spain.

In 2011 I was very fortunate in that I wrote and performed my own “Franz Liszt” ; this took place in Caracas with fantastic actor Caridad Canelón and narrated by Miguel Delgado-Estévez , a really beautiful experience.

In relation to music and words, I have a dream of producing in the near future The Passionate Life of Isaac Albeniz which will be based on a script written by Trader Faulkner.

Recording CDs is also part of my activities, I find that making them is immensely rewarding but also very difficult. Up to now I have produced and recorded five Venezuelan music CDs, another one of Late Piano Works by Chopin, and the piano music by Ernesto Lecuona.

I am particularly fond of the release El Cuarteto and me produced of a live concert performed in Caracas five years ago, it is a collection of dances and songs from Venezuela.

Frequently I am asked to participate in interviews on the radio, the written press and on TV; the programme In Tune on BBC 3 is one of the loveliest to do because one both plays, and talks ‘live’ on it. As a child, my first ever TV live performance was done in Caracas where I remember playing two very fast Scarlatti Sonatas; then I had fun appearing next to pianist Rosario Marciano as well as playing on a TV programme dedicated to the history of the piano at the Museo del Teclado of Caracas.

In 1993 up to 1998 I founded and directed a music festival in Caracas at the Teatro San Martín. It was wonderful to see the project come to life in an area of Caracas where before there had not been any music.

Lately I curated, produced and directed the Clara Rodriguez Bolivar Hall Concert Series in London and the “Legendary Piano Festival of Caracas” to celebrate the aquisition of a fabulous concert grand-Steinway that belonged first to the Royal Festival Hall and now lives in the Sala José Félix Ribas. Something I am very proud of as I had the responsability of finding the piano and organizing every detail of the festival.

Composers such Federico Ruiz, Miguel Astor, Adrián Suárez, Mirtru Escalona, Lawrence Casserley, Michael Rosas Cobián and Juan Carlos Núñez have written and dedicated pieces to me, for that gesture I am deeply grateful and I have tried to do justice to their marvellous effort and creative talent by recording and playing their music in public concerts. Sometimes as publishing editor as in the case of the Pieces for Children under 100 years of age by Federico Ruiz (Spartan Press and The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

I have enjoyed playing a dozen solo recitals and concerts with friends at the Southbank Centre, some others at Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-In-The-Fields and a number of concertos at St. John’s Smith Square, including Ravel in G, Rachmaninov 3rd, Schumann in A minor, Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Federico Ruiz’s Second Piano Concerto.

I have also produced and performed “In the mood for tango”, “Tangoitis”, “Monnlight Sonata by Candlelight”, “Latin Bach” and “Appassionata Sonata by Candlelight”.

For the last eight years I have taught the piano at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music of London, an activity that gives me much joy and allows me to be in touch with lovely emerging talents.

I consider myself very lucky to count with wonderful passionate artists that work lovingly on my leaflets, CD covers and general image such as the photographers Antolín Sánchez, Jean-Luc Muller and Sogand Bahram, graphic designers Carlos David and Gabriella Bello and dress designer Valentina Rodríguez.

My CDs are available on the Nimbus Records label from: or from Amazon:

You can listen to some of my recordings or live performances on my Youtube channel:

You can also communicate with me through:

My website


and my Facebook page

Clara Rodriguez/Antolin Sanchez photography

Clara Rodríguez Bolívar Hall Concert Series June/July 2013

Clara Rodríguez Bolívar Hall Concert Series June/July 2013


Passionate music played by passionate performers!

A unique opportunity to hear the best Classical, Jazz and South American  music performed by a host of stars at London’s Bolívar Hall. Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodriguez has curated a series of four concerts showcasing fascinating programmes mixing tradition and novelty, high musicianship and virtuosity.

Established well-loved Venezuelan and French musicians will display generously their talent in the heart of London.

Tickets: £10.00 each concert  Special offer: £30.00 for the four concerts

In advance from

or at the door on the day of the concerts.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or a soft drink with the performers after the concerts

 Bolívar Hall 54 Grafton Way London W1T 5DL

Nearest tube: Warren Street

Thursday 06 June 2013 at 7.30 pm  Clara Rodríguez, piano, Jordan Gregoris, cello

Venezuelan dances, Liszt Au bord d’une source and B minor Sonata, Brahms No 1 Sonata for cello and piano, Piazzolla Le Grand Tango


Thursday 13 June at 7.30 pm  Kenny Salazar, piano / Humberto de Lucía, guitar

Bach Cello Suite no.2 in D minor (arr. Richard Wright, A minor), Giuliani Sonatina for guitar plus V.E.Sojo, Alirio Díaz/Indio Figueredo and Lauro

Bach Partita N1, Schumann Romance N 2, Scriabin Fantasy in B minor, plus Venezuelan pieces by Henry Martínez, Díaz Peña and E. Castellanos


Thursday 20 June at 7.30 pm Jazz pianist and composer Leo Blanco

His music is rooted in the Africa-Latina rhythms of his homeland and enriched by the vast knowledge of jazz and understanding of the classical tradition, he is a professor of piano at America’s premier music college, Berklee. An only London performance on his way to touring Scotland where he has drawn standing ovations at Aberdeen Jazz Festival.He is the winner of the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel prize awarded for outstanding performances during the Edinburgh Festival.

Monday 1 July 2013 at 7.30 pm

  Tangos, Joropos, Merengues, Waltzes and Salsa! A journey from Argentina to Puerto Rico

Efrain Oscher, flute/ Clara Rodríguez, piano/ Cristóbal Soto mandolin, cuatro, guitar/Gabriel León, doublebass/ Wilmer Sifontes, percussion

 “From the tragic Argentinian samba ‘Alfonsina y el mar’ to Piazzola’s iconic piano tango ‘Adios Nonino’, and  rousing  numbers such as ‘Capullito de Aleli’, by Puerto Rican Rafael Hernandez, the music, vividly brought to life the colours, sights and sounds of South America in passionate and dramatic performances with infectious syncopated rhythms from the percussion, the haunting strains of the flute, the flamenco-like strum of the guitar or mandolin, an elegant and vibrant piano, this was music to savour –  heartfelt, hypnotic, buoyant and vibrant. For a few hours, at least, it was as if we were all on holiday together.” Frances Wilson for Bachtrack


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