Venezuelan concert pianist Clara Rodriguez becomes OPC's second guest judge

Caracas born Clara Rodriguez made her debut performance at the age of sixteen playing Mozart’s last piano concerto with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under the baton of José Antonio Abreu.

After winning  a scholarship from the Venezuelan Arts Council to train in London at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick, Clara Rodriguez’s career as a concert pianist has taken her to perform in most European cities, India, Egypt, Tunisia and the Americas. 

Clara's discography, widely played on radio stations across the world includes CDs of the piano music of the Venezuelan composers Moises Moleiro, Federico Ruiz and Teresa Carreño. Her catalogue also includes El Cuarteto con Clara Rodríguez en vivo, piano works by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, Late works by Frederic Chopin and her latest album for the Nimbus label: “VENEZUELA” which was reviewed by Gramophone stating:  "Clara Rodriguez makes the most of her innate feel for the exuberant and languorous, dispatching the toe-tapping cross-rhythms with panache and a light touch. This is a treasure chest from which to cherry-pick." 

Clara is known for devising concert programmes with intriguing titles-and content- such as her highly successful Latin-Bach and Tangoitys, and the shows Con-cierto humor, Gypsy Ballade (dedicated to Federico Garcia Lorca) and Liszt in petticoats (dedicated to Teresa Carreño) in which the piano music is interspersed with drama and visual effects. She has also presented Clara Rodriguez and her African Heart at the Rhythm Sticks Festival of the Royal Festival Hall, a concert of Caribbean and Afro-Venezuelan music for piano and percussion.

Clara Rodriguez is a piano professor at the Junior Department of The Royal College of Music of London and is regularly invited to adjudicate piano competitions world-wide. She is very happy to join the OPC as a guest judge.

For more information on Clara, please visit her website at www.clararodriguez.com.