May 6 Abdiel performs an extraordinary solo recital at the most important hall in Mexico: Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
The concert was significat in many ways. A solo recital in this hall is extremely rare, the hall was completely sold out, the CD sales of the evening were donated 100% to the Yumhu Children's Choir, a wonderful group of indigenous kids from Tlaxcala that sing in their native Otomi language, and Abdiel performed an homage to the late Mexican popstar and legend Juan Gabriel as an encore.
The program consisted of some of the most signifcant works in Abdiel's life:
-Beethoven's Sonata No. 23 "Appassionata"
-Schubert's Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3
-Chopin's 3rd Sonata and Nocturnes Op. 27
-Rachmaninoff's Elegie, Prelude Op. 23 No. 6, and 2nd Sonata
April 27 and 28 Abdiel performs a solo recital in Colombia's capital city, Bogota, at the prestigious Universidad de los Andes.
Activities also include a masterclass for pianists and singers - students of the university.
Below, the official video from the university about his masterclass and recital.
April 24 and 25 Abdiel travels to Medellín, Colombia to offer a solo recital at the Instituto de Bellas Artes as part of its International Artists series.
Activities also include a talk with the students and masterclasses to pianists and chamber music groups.
March 2 Abdiel performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestra (OSUANL) in Monterrey, his hometown, in what was a very emotional and special setting: an homage to his late teacher, Gerardo Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez, a renowned concert pianist in Mexico, was the founder of the Monterrey conservatory and later the director of Nuevo Leon's Opera Company. He was Abdiel's teacher for 7 years during his conservatory studies, and they collaborated together many times in two piano concerts and opera productions.
Together with conductor Jesus Medina, Abdiel and the orchestra performed as an encore the 18th variation from Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody.
The press wrote: "... his technique allowed him to confront with aplomb the technical difficulties of the score... the second movement, possibly the most inspired, transmitted that meditative and melancholic mood that characterizes it."
Press link. (Subscription required)
January 22 Abdiel closes his tour of northwest Mexico with a performance of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine with star soprano Maria Katzarava at the International Ortiz Tirado Festival in Alamos, Sonora.
Again, the performance is acclaimed by the press: "Without a doubt, the admirable result of this production of The Human Voice had as one of its principal elements the expert colaboration of pianist Abdiel Vázquez, always at the protagonists' service, always precise, always attentive to the changing scenic necessities."
January 21 Abdiel travels to the city of Alamos, Sonora to give a recital as part of the events of the International Ortiz Tirado Festival in this town, which belongs to the UNESCO list of world heritage towns.
The recital is praised by the press: http://festivalortiztirado.gob.mx/vazquez-y-marquez/
"What a great pianist is Abdiel Vázquez!... Clarity of articulation in Mozart, romantic drama with interesting narrative highlights in Chopin, subtle and mistical parfumes in Scriabin, and theatric virtuosity in the Verdi transcriptions, were the basic qualities in the performance of Abdiel Vázquez who very clearly posseses a full technique and a fine sensibility to give each piece of music its corresponding style."
January 20 Abdiel performs in a private recital in the resort city of San Carlos, Sonora, with tenor Dante Alcala and soprano Mariana Valdes. The program includes selections from operas, operettas, zarzuela, musical theater, and popular songs.
January 17-19 Abdiel continues his northwest Mexican tour with a series of masterclasses for pianists at the Univeristy of Sonora in the city of Hermosillo, Mexico.
The event is also featured in the press: http://www.uson.mx/noticias/default.php?id=23338
January 5-8 Abdiel starts the year with a workshop and masterclass for young singers in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, hosted by the Artistic Society of Sinaloa, a private non-profit that brings performances of the highest quality to this city and also supports young singers.
The event was featured in the press: http://www.debate.com.mx/cultura/Me-gusta-compartir-lo-que-se-con-los-jovenes-cantantes-20170115-0028.html
"The main advice I give to all the young people is to search for honesty as artists, that they find their own voice, that they don't try to imitate anyone or be something they are not... that they find themselves and show themselves with honesty."
Mozart's The Magic Flute
Guest conductor - Abdiel Vazquez
Manhattan Opera Studio
Di Capo Opera Theater
New York, NY
Solo recital - piano transcriptions of operas by Wagner and Verdi
Seminario de la Cultura Mexicana
Solo recital - works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Rachmaninoff
Palacio de Bellas Artes
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