New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


(GLASSBORO, NJ) -– Internationally-acclaimed pianist Santiago Rodriguez performs at Rowan University on Thursday, October 7 at 8 pm in Boyd Recital Hall, presented  by the Steinway Society of South Jersey and the university's College of Fine & Performing Arts.

The program features Rodriguez performing Mozart's Sonata in C major, Schumann's Allegretto Carnaval, Op. 9 and Rachmaninov's Three Preludes and Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor. In addition to his concert, the pianist will offer a master class on Friday, October 8 from 12 – 4 pm in Boyd Recital Hall, as well.

Hailed as "a phenomenal pianist" by The New York Times, Rodriguez was born in Cuba and began his piano studies at age four. After Castro seized power, his parents sent him and his brother to America under the care of the Catholic Charities. He spent the next six years in an orphanage in New Orleans. Money - and a note - concealed by his mother allowed his musical education to continue. Two years after his arrival, he made his concert debut at age 10 performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 with the New Orleans Philharmonic.

His international career was launched in 1981 when he won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since that time, he has appeared around the world in recital, as a chamber musician and with leading orchestras including the London Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Weimar Philharmonic, Yomiuri-Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Japan, Tampere Philharmonic of Finland, Berliner Symphoniker and the Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, Seattle, Indianapolis and Houston symphony orchestras. Rodriguez made his Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Dennis Russell Davis. He has toured extensively as member of a piano trio with Ruggiero Ricci and Nathaniel Rosen and he recently fulfilled a life-long wish to collaborate in a performance of Schubert's Winterreise; realized in partnership with the renowned Swiss artist, Françoise Loup. Commanding a repertoire of more than 65 concertos, he has performed the work of Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Gershwin, Liszt, Schumann, Franck, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov in his 35-year career. His recording, The Rachmaninov Edition, encompasses the entire catalog of the composer's original solo piano compositions in three volumes.

Tickets are $20, general admission; and $15 for seniors and non-Rowan students (under 18 or with college ID). Rowan students and Steinway Society members are admitted free. Boyd Recital Hall is located in Wilson Hall on the campus of Rowan University, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ. Seating is limited so reservations are suggested. For more information, call (856) 663-8888. For directions and other information, visit