Diego Rodríguez Rodero
Quote from a review: “If he´s this good on a dozen or so more concertos, he´s a good candidate for stardom”; “he also produces a consistent combination of a brilliant, well-projected melodic tone backed by an overall fullness of texture” (Star Telegram’s review of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd concerto accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony at the Ed Landreh Auditorium, Fort Worth, Texas)
A native of Valdepeñas, Spain, Diego Rodríguez Rodero began piano lessons at the age of eleven. At 17, he pursued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid where he earned diplomas in piano and chamber music under the direction of Almudena Cano and Ana Guijarro. He trained with the celebrated pianist Joaquín Achúcarro at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was granted an Artist Certificate and earned a Masters Degree. Rodríguez also received the Joel Estes Tate scholarship for four consecutive years. During his studies at Southern Methodist University, he was awarded with the Don Nobles award for the best piano accompanist of the year and had the honor of performing in concert for the King and Queen of Spain.
In 2008, Rodríguez finished doctoral studies at l’Université de Montréal under Marc Durand´s guidance. A recipient of the Paul-Marcel Gélinas scholarship, he also won first prize in the 2005 Université de Montréal Concerto Competition. In 2006, he performed Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 with the Université de Montréal Orchestra. During his studies at the Université de Montreal, Rodríguez also served as a member of the faculty as a teacher and accompanist.
Rodríguez has participated in numerous master classes with renowned pianists such as Gyorgy Sandor, Andrew Litton, Abbey Simon, Jorge Federico Osorio, Alfred Mouledous, Guillermo González, Krassimira Jordan, José Fegali, André Laplante, Stanislav Ioudenich, Tamas Ungar, Harold Martina, Boris Slutsky, Dominique Weber, Robert Mc Donald, Julian Martin, John Perry and Jean Saulnier.
He has won top prizes in International Piano Competitions including the 53rd Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreverport, Louisiana; the 44th Sorantin International Concerto Competition in San Antonio, Texas; and the Young Artist Concerto Competition at the TCU-Cliburn Institute in 2004. Rodríguez has also participated in the Orford Festival in Canada, and the New Millenium Piano Festival in Gijón, Spain, among others. Last year, he was invited to give a series of piano master classes in several conservatories throughout Spain.
Rodríguez has performed in United States, Canada and Spain, in prestigious places such as The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C, and the Place des Arts in Montreal. The combination of power and sensitivity in his sound is praised by the critics.
In 2010, Diego Rodríguez got tenure as a conservatory piano teacher in Madrid, where he lives. He continues to teach and perform.