"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

 

ABDIEL VÁZQUEZ has performed as soloist with all the major orchestras in Mexico and in stages in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. He is currently a principal guest conductor for Manhattan Opera Studio, where he first lead a production of “The Magic Flute” in 2017 and returns in 2018 for a production of “Hansel and Gretel”.

 

Winner of the First Prize at The World Competition and of New York's Shining Stars Debut Series, Mr. Vázquez made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 performing the New York premiere of Manuel Ponce’s Piano Concerto with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, after which The Epoch Times wrote that Mr. Vázquez’s performance “was equal to the challenge, dispatching its difficulties with aplomb and panache.”

Ever since, Mr. Vázquez has returned to this hall every year as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator with singers.

 

The recipient of the President’s National Youth Award and winner of the most important piano competitions in Mexico, in May 2017 Mr. Vázquez celebrated 10 years of artistic career with a sold out solo recital at the main hall of Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, one of the highest honors for a musician in his home country.

Mr. Vázquez made his debut in this hall performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the National Symphony Orchestra in 2006, and he made a second debut in October 2017, now as conductor and soloist, leading a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Youth Orchestra of Monterrey’s Escuela Superior de Música, his alma mater.

 

His first album was released by the British label Piano Classics in 2016. This homage to Wagner and Verdi, titled “Love & Death”, was described as “fascinating” by piano guru David Dubal, and Fanfare Magazine in the United Kingdom described Mr. Vázquez in its review as “one of the most prominent pianists in Mexico and a national treasure”.

Mr. Vázquez performed this program for the first time at the prestigious International Cervantino Festival of Guanajuato in 2013, and he returned to this Festival in 2014 to celebrate Mexican composer Ricardo Castro with the Symphony Orchestra of Nuevo Leon.

 

In addition to being the first Mexican to play and conduct from the piano Beethoven’s Concerti, Mr. Vázquez’s repertoire for this genre spans from the Classics to the 21st Century: in 2014 he did the Mexican premiere of Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto with the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra, after which the country’s foremost newspaper, Reforma, wrote that “in Abdiel we have the greatest Mexican pianist, ever”; and in 2015 he performed the world premiere of Juan Pablo Contreras’ “The Sun Pyramid” with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and later with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Mr. Vázquez was the soloist in the recording of this concerto, which was written for and dedicated to him, with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be released in 2018.

 

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, and vocal coaching faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in 2008.

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