"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]
“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. His style at the piano has being described as “authoritative” and at the podium as “emphatic and passionate”, which has made him an audience favorite wherever he performs.
For his New York debut, he performed as a soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta in Carnegie Hall the premiere in this city of Manuel M. Ponce's Piano Concerto. The press lauded him for his “improvisatory freedom, sonorous climaxes, and formidable octaves”.
Some of his most recent engagements include concerts at Guildhall in London, the Chicago Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Simón Bolívar Hall in Caracas, and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
With the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela he presented the world premiere and South American premiere of "The Sun Pyramid", piano concerto by Juan Pablo Contreras written for Mr. Vázquez himself.
In Mexico, Mr. Vázquez has been a favorite of many orchestras, like the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom he presented the national premiere of Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto), the UANL Symphony Orchestra (with whom he has toured), the Jalisco Philharmonic (with whose principal chairs he has performed chamber music), the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (under the guidance of maestro Enrique Bátiz), and the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to these orchestras with whom he has forged a very close relationship, he has performed with practically all the major orchestras as soloist and sometimes as a guest conductor. Mr. Vázquez is one of the few pianists in the world that can play and conduct from the piano, and in fact he was 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 last year by the British label Piano Classics with the title “Love & Death” [PCL 0101]. This new 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 Bellas Artes Palace 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. In the last years, his career has expanded into orchestral and operatic conducting. In 2009 Mr. Vázquez 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.
He counts as his mentors the pianists Gerardo González, James Tocco, and Oxana Yablonskaya; and the conductors David Gilbert and Enrique Diemecke.
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. Abdiel Vázquez is a YAMAHA artist.
Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde
With Joshua Dennis, tenor, and Michael Chioldi, Baritone
Blanco y Negro International Piano Festival
Auditorio Blas Galindo
August 12 and 13
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
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