"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, conductor, and collaborator born in Monterrey, Mexico.
He has performed more than 100 concerts as soloist with orchestra throughout Mexico and in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Major cultural capitals such as New York (Carnegie Hall), Chicago, Paris, Madrid, London (Guildhall), Tokyo, Shanghai, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Lima (Gran Teatro Nacional), Bogotá, Caracas (Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra), Mexico City (Palacio de Bellas Artes), and Guanajuato (International Cervantino Festival), have seen him as soloist, conductor, recitalist, and collaborator.
His most recent album with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and music by Juan Pablo Contreras, “Mariachitlán”, was released by Universal Music in 2019 and received a Latin GRAMMY® nomination in the category of Best Arrangement. His first solo album, “Love & Death: Piano transcriptions of Wagner and Verdi Operas”, was released by the British label Piano Classics in 2015 and received rave reviews internationally.
His repertoire as pianist includes the concertos of Beethoven, Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Ravel, Ricardo Castro, Manuel Ponce (New York premiere), Samuel Barber (Mexican premiere), Leonard Bernstein, and Contreras (World premiere performance and recording).
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.
As a guest conductor for Manhattan Opera Studio, he has led productions of The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel, and The Marriage of Figaro. With the Opera Company of Brooklyn, he conducted Simon Boccanegra and Dialogues of the Carmelites. He has also been assistant conductor and repetiteur in companies in Mexico, USA, and Europe for productions of Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola, Romeo et Juliette, Carmen, La Traviata, La Bohème, Tosca, and Suor Angelica.
As a collaborator, he has shared the stage with some of the world's top singers such as Kristine Opolais, Ailyn Pérez, Javier Camarena, David Lomelí, Joshua Guerrero, María Katzarava, among many others. He has also been a vocal coach at Manhattan School of Music for more than a decade.
Vázquez resides in New York City. He is currently the president of the World Piano Teachers Association Chapter Mexico, music director of the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia, principal guest conductor for Manhattan Opera Studio, a Steinway & Sons teaching partner, and founder and director of the music school Little Chopins.
These are some of the reviews for the album "Love & Death":
“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