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Rodolfo Barráez

Assistant Conductor, Ann Ronus Chair

About this Artist

Berlin-based Venezuelan conductor Rodolfo Barráez brings remarkable vivacity, sensitivity and zeal to his artistry. The 2023/24 season sees him join the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Assistant Conductor, as well as begin his second season as Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He also joins the Paris Opera as Conductor-in-Residence.

Awarded first prize at the 2023 Hong Kong International Conducting Competition, Barráez also won first prize at the 2018 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México International Conducting Competition (OFUNAM) and second prize at the 2020 Siemens-Hallé International Conductors Competition in Manchester, England.

The 2022/23 season saw Barráez give debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, conducting Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, the Münchener Kammerorchester on its tour of South America and the Appassionato Orchestra at the Verbier Festival 2022. He made his European debut at the Philharmonie Berlin in 2019 with the Hauptstadt Sinfonie-Orchester. Other recent highlights include debuts with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Hallé Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony, Bogotá Philharmonic, Yucatán Philharmonic, Querétaro Philharmonic Orchestra, UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra and Minería Symphony Orchestra.

Future performances include the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Paris Opera and the Simón Bolívar Symphony on tour in Asia.

Having completed a bachelor’s degree in conducting at the Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes de Venezuela, Barráez also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in conducting at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Strongly influenced by his own remarkable education as part of El Sistema under the guidance of José Antonio Abreu and Teresa Hernández, Barráez is committed to contributing to music education. In 2019, he founded the Falcón Conducting Workshop, an organization that nurtures and supports the development of emerging conductors through master-class and workshop series in his hometown as well as worldwide at renowned institutions such as the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas. In addition, as part of El Sistema Greece and supported by the Hilti Foundation,  Barráez provided performance training to young musicians from under-resourced communities in Greece, furthering his passion for bringing young people together through music performance and education.

Rodolfo Barráez formed the intrinsic roots of his conducting career as an eminent violinist. Previously a member of the Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra, Barráez has performed under Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado and Gustavo Dudamel at venues such as Teatro alla Scala Milan, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Salzburg Festival and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space.