"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]

Bio

“One of the most prominent pianists in Mexico and a national treasure, to judge by his phenomenal technique”, ABDIEL VÁZQUEZ is the winner of the most important piano competitions in his home country, and he is also the winner of the First Prize in two competitions open to instrumentalists and singers from all over the world: The World Competition and New York's Shining Stars Debut Series. 

 

During the 2017-2018 season he makes debut recitals in Paris and Tokyo, and his debut as an opera conductor in Manhattan Opera Studio's production of The Magic Flute in New York. He will also record with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra "The Sun Pyrmaid", piano concerto by multi-award-winning composer Juan Pablo Contreras written for Mr. Vázquez himself. The world premiere of this concerto was presented with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in 2015.

 

In May 2017, Vázquez presented a solo recital at the main hall of Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, the greatest honor for a musician in this country. The concert was completely sold out and was broadcasted live on a giant screen outside the hall, and subsequently on several TV stations all over the country.

 

Some of his most recent engagements also include concerts at Guildhall in London, the Chicago Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Simón Bolívar Hall in Caracas, and the Andes University in Bogotá.

 

For his Carnegie Hall debut, Vázquez performed as a soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta the New York premiere of Manuel M. Ponce's Piano Concerto. The press lauded him for his “improvisatory freedom, sonorous climaxes, and formidable octaves”.

 

In Mexico, Mr. Vázquez has performed with practically all the major orchestras as soloist and sometimes as a guest conductor. He presented the Mexican premier of Samuel Barber's piano concerto in 2014 and he is also one of the few pianists anywhere that regularly plays and conducts from the piano, being the first Mexican to do so with Beethoven’s Concertos, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Ponce’s Concerto. 

 

In 2013 Mr. Vázquez presented a recital with arrangements of Wagner and Verdi operas at the International Cervantino Festival, which was considered by the critics “one of the best and most attractive recitals ever presented in the festival's history”. The program of rare transcriptions by Liszt, Tausig, Cziffra, Martucci, and Vázquez himself was released in 2015 by the British label Piano Classics with the title “Love & Death” [PCL 0101]. This album has been hailed by the press as “one of the most entertaining recitals in memory” and described by piano guru David Dubal as “fascinating… all first class playing.”

 

Mr. Vázquez made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico at Palacio de Bellas Artes performing Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto with only 21 years of age, and since then his engagements in festivals, concerts, competitions, and opera companies have taken him to Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. Later in 2009 he founded Juventud Sinfónica de Monterrey - Monterrey's Symphonic Youth - an orchestra comprised of the most outstanding musicians from his hometown.

  

Mr. Vázquez was born in Monterrey in 1984 and by the time he finished his conservatory studies in this city in 2006 he had already received the National Youth Award from hands of the Mexican President, the Civic Merit Medal, the State Youth Award, and a scholarship from the National Endowment for Culture and Arts. He then continued his education in New York and Madrid.

 

Mr. Vázquez constantly works with young pianists and singers in masterclasses and talks he gives wherever he performs. His own mentors have been the pianists Gerardo González (student of György Sandor), James Tocco (student of Claudio Arrau and Magda Tagliaferro), and Oxana Yablonskaya (student of Tatiana Nikolaeva and Alexander Goldenweiser); and the conductors David Gilbert (assistant to Leonard Bernstein) and Enrique Diemecke (artistic director of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires).

 

He currently resides in New York City, where he belongs to the faculty of vocal coaches at Manhattan School of Music and he is also the founder and director of the music school Little Chopins. 

Upcoming

 

January 6

Recital with tenor Clay Hilley

Works by Mahler, Janacek, Mozart, Dvorak, and Wagner.

Wagner Society of New York.

New York, NY

 

Recent activity

 

November 2

Solo recital - works by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Martucci and Cziffra

Fete de Morts a Paris

Maison du Mexique

Paris, France

 

October 26

Solo recital - works by Chopin and Manuel M. Ponce

Fete de Morts a Paris

Eglise de St. Merry

Paris, France

 

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