About

Rolando Valdés is a mexican pianist born in 1990 who currently lives in Germany, holding a Master´s degree in Piano Performance, and currently studying the Konzertexam (highest music degree in Germany) under the guidance of Grigory Gruzman and Balázs Szokolay at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar.

He has held an Excellence scholarship from the Swiss government and is also a participant of the Scholarship Yehudi Menuhin. He has performed concerts in Mexico, France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Netherlands and Switzerland.

He began his studies at a very young age to later enroll in 2001, under the tutelage of Eduardo Arzate into Escuela Superior de Música INBA in Mexico City, where he earned a Bachelor´s degree of Music in piano performance with high honors. In 2011 he emigrated to Germany, where Balázs Szokolay took him as his student to pursue an Artist Diplom and later in 2014 a Master in Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar.

He acquired a Master´s degree in Performance by the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, Switzerland where he studied with the worldwide known pianist Konstantin Scherbakov and Orchestral Conducting with Mark Kissoczy. In Mexico he has executed more than 100 public concerts in over fifteen different cities, playing with Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, Coahuila Camerata, Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestra and several University orchestras, sometimes conducting them from the piano.

In Germany he played in more than 15 cities and had his debut as a soloist conducting competition Hans von Bülow, where he both played and conducted the prestigious Meininger Philharmonie orchestra, playing later on as well with the Jenaer Philharmonie.

He has been winner and finalist of the most recognized international competitions in Germany, France and Mexico both as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles, such as: Pianale klavierakademie, Concours International de Lyon, Merida International piano competition, Ricardo Castro National Competition 2012, Parnassos National among others.

He has attended to several master classes and piano festivals in France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary and Mexico, during which he has taken lessons with Alexander Gavrylyuk, Philipp Cassard, Philipp Bianconi, Grigory Gruzman, Friedemann Rieger, Joaquín Soriano, Uta Weyand, Peter Nagy, Akiko Ebi, Jacques Rouvier, Claudio Martinez and Zoltán Kocsis, among others. He also contributes regularly with master classes in different Mexican universities, such as Escuela Superior de Musica, Universidad Veracruzana and Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon.

His repertoire includes the totality of F. Poulenc and J. Brahms chamber music works, as well as all the Bach and Rachmaninoffs concertos. As one of the most important promoters of new piano music, in 2018 will be released his first CD which includes contemporary European and Mexican piano music that has not been recorded in its majority.