"Pianist and conductor Abdiel Vázquez... was equal to the challenge, dispatching its difficulties with aplomb and panache. His playing manifested improvisatory freedom, sonorous climaxes, and formidable octaves."
- Michael Sherwin for The Epoch Times, New York
[after Vazquez's debut at Carnegie Hall]
ABDIEL VÁZQUEZ is a pianist and conductor born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1984. He has performed over 100 concerts as soloist with orchestra in all of Mexico and in the U.S., Europe, and South America.
His repertoire includes the concertos of Beethoven, Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Ravel, Ricardo Castro, Manuel Ponce (of which he did the New York premiere), Samuel Barber (of which he did the Mexican premiere), Leonard Bernstein, and Juan Pablo Contreras (of which he did the World premiere).
His most recent album as soloist with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and music by Contreras, Mariachitlán, was released in 2019 by Universal Music and has been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Arrangement.
He has played in major cultural capitals such as New York (Carnegie Hall), Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Piano Series), Paris, Madrid, London (Guildhall), Tokyo, Shanghai, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Lima (Gran Teatro Nacional), Bogotá, Caracas (Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra), Mexico City (Palacio de Bellas Artes), and Guanajuato (International Cervantino Festival).
He is the winner of the First Prize at The World Competition, New York's Shining Stars Debut Series, and WPTA Argentina International Piano Competition. In Mexico, he received the President’s National Youth Award and won the most important piano competitions.
Mr. Vázquez is currently the president of the World Piano Teachers Association chapter Mexico, founder and director of the music school Little Chopins in New York, a Steinway & Sons Educational Partner, and a principal guest conductor for Manhattan Opera Studio.
His first solo album, “Love & Death: Piano transcriptions of Wagner and Verdi Operas”, was released by the British label Piano Classics in 2015. These are some of the reviews:
“His new album is fascinating… it’s all first class playing”
-David Dubal for WWFM, New York
“Vázquez… has a gift for warmth that wins the listener over. Nothing is coldly hammered out, and his rounded tone reminds me of early Jorge Bolet far more than, say, Georges Cziffra or Lazar Berman. To declare that his technical command of this fiendishly difficult repertoire stands on the same level as those famous names isn’t an exaggeration. None of them, however, can make the keyboard sing as naturally as Vázquez does…”
-Huntley Dent for Fanfare, United Kingdom
“It is not enough to play well the piano and, beyond a virtuoso’s hands, it is necessary to have a conductor’s mind, an orchestrator’s imagination, an improviser’s spirit, and a singer’s heart, all very difficult to put together, especially if keeping the appearance of naturality, which is why the release of this first recording by Abdiel Vázquez, a formidable Mexican pianist, has been a pleasant surprise.”
- F. Jaime Pantín for Codalario, Spain