2017

November 7 - 11 Abdiel visits one last time in 2017 the city of Flint, Michigan, to take lessons with his conducting teacher, maestro Enrique Diemecke, Artistic Director of the Flint Symphony Orchestra.

 

Earlier this year, maestro Diemecke was named Artistic Director of Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, one of the top theaters in the world. It is a great privilege for Abdiel to study with him.

 

Before a performance of Mahler's 7th Symphony with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.

October 26 - November 2 DEBUT IN PARIS!!!

 

Abdiel performs in the inauguration and also a solo recital as part of the Fete des Morts a Paris, or Festival of the Dead in Paris, a celebration of Mexico's famous Day of the Dead holiday.

 

In the inauguration at the famous Eglise de St. Merry, Abdiel performed music by Chopin and Manuel M. Ponce, and next week at this recital at Maison du Mexique the program was:

-Beethoven Sonata Op. 110

-Chopin Nocturnes Op. 27

-Chopin Sonata No. 3

-Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2

-Verdi/Martucci - La Forza del Destino

-Verdi/Cziffra - Il Trovatore

 

At the Louvre.
Recital at Maison du Mexique in Paris.
Eglise de St. Merry in Paris.

October 21 A very special day in Abdiel's life - his debut as conductor at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, this time conducting from the piano while playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. 

 

The concert was a celebration of Abdiel's alma mater in his hometown, Monterrey: Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey. They travelled all the way to Mexico City to celebrate 40 years since its foundation.

 

The youth orchestra of the school did a fantastic job. The video is available on the "Videos" section of this website.

 

Thanking the audience for the wonderful ovation.
Cue the orchestra.

October 14 Abdiel offers a solo recital as part of the Quimera Festival in Metepec, near Mexico City.

 

The program was:

-Beethoven Sonata Op. 110

-Chopin Nocturnes Op. 27

-Chopin Sonata No. 3

-Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2

-Verdi/Martucci - La Forza del Destino

-Verdi/Cziffra - Il Trovatore

 

A magnificent open air stage.

October 1 - 11 A dream come true! Abdiel's first commercial recording with an orchestra takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the magnificent Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by renowned maestro Marco Parisotto.

 

The recording consists of works by multi-award winning composer Juan Pablo Contreras, one of which, The Sun Pyramid, is a concerto for piano and orchestra written specially for Abdiel Vazquez. 

 

The producer is Phillip Rowlands, six time Grammy award winner.

 

During his stay in Guadalajara, Abdiel has the chance to offer a masterclass for the students of the University of Guadalajara and he also celebrated his 33th birthday on October 9!

 

With the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra after finishing the recording sessions!
Birthday selfie!
Conductor Marco Parisotto, pianist Abdiel Vazquez, and producer Phillip Rowlands
After the masterclass and talk with the students

September 28 Debut with Ballet!

 

Abdiel performs Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini with internationally renowned Ballet de Monterrey and the Symphony Orchestra of UANL conducted by Jose Arean, with a coreography by Alan Hineline.

 

Post-concert selfie with the company!

September 9 - 14 DEBUT IN TOKYO

 

Abdiel performs a solo recital at the Cervantes Institute in Tokyo, a recital at the Mexican Embassy, and offers a masterclass for young pianists at the Lycee Francais in this city, all as part of the festival Vive Mexico en Tokyo.

 

The success is such that he is invited next year to participate in the grand celebrations for the 110th anniversary of Mexican-Japanese relations.

 

The program was:

-Beethoven Sonata Op. 110

-Chopin Nocturnes Op. 27

-Chopin Sonata No. 3

-Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2

-Verdi/Martucci - La Forza del Destino

-Verdi/Cziffra - Il Trovatore

 

Having fun in Japan
Masterclass and talk with the young pianists
Performing at the Mexican Embassy
First autograph in Japan

September 1 Abdiel travels to Monterrey to offer a recital as part of the inauguration of Las Cuatro Estaciones, a new concert hall.

 

The program was:

-Beethoven Sonata Op. 110

-Chopin Nocturnes Op. 27

-Chopin Sonata No. 3

-Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2

-Verdi/Martucci - La Forza del Destino

-Verdi/Cziffra - Il Trovatore

 

The press described this concert as a "majestic closing of grand proprtions":

https://www.elsiglodetorreon.com.mx/blogs/mottivare/2588-fue-un-rincon-salzburgo

 

August 31 Inauguration of the International Piano Festival En Blanco y Negro in Mexico City.

 

This year the festival includes renowned pianists such as Frederic Rzewski, Steven Osborne, Jorge Luis Prats, Francesco Libetta, among many others.

 

Abdiel performs a rarely played version of Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde for baritone, tenor, and solo piano. 

 

The baritone is acclaimed MET singer Michael Chioldi, and the tenor is Joshua Dennis, who recently competed at Placido Domingo's Operalia competition.

 

The press writes: "This mexican youngster has evidently studied in depth Mahler's music and, like many people all over the world, has fallen captive to it. But this bewitching is not harmful - rather, thanks to him, we the audience have an exceptional night."

 

Full review here: http://www.proceso.com.mx/504527/en-blanco-negro-la-cancion-la-tierra

 

Das Lied von der Erde, Mahler's masterpiece according to Leonard Bernstein.
Advertising for the concert

August 12 and 13 OPERA CONDUCTING DEBUT in New York City.

 

Abdiel leads two performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute with Manhattan Opera Studio's orchestra and young singers. The production is directed by Walker Lewis and features promising young singers like Ramiro Maturana (Teatro alla Scala) as Papageno and Teresa Castillo (Merola) as the Queen of the Night.

 

Final curtain call
Leading a rehearsal.

August 2 Featured in the financial newspaper El Financiero - Bloomberg in Mexico City, Abdiel talks about his upcoming debut as an opera conductor and his life as a pianist.

 

The full article is available here: http://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/after-office/abdiel-vazquez-gimnasta-del-piano.html

 

Abdiel Vazquez, gymnast of the piano

July 19 CARNEGIE HALL - Abdiel performs for a fourth year in a row at Carnegie Hall, this time as part of the opening gala of Manhattan Opera Studio, a summer program for young professionals in New York City.

 

Performing with Ramiro Maturana, young artist at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

July 3 As part of the International Opera Festival of Morelia, Abdiel gives a masterclass for young singers.

 

The festival was founded in 2017 by Juan del Bosco and its honorary director is opera legend Mignon Dunn.

 

Working with a young tenor.

July 1 Abdiel is invited by the Mexican Culture Seminar to give a solo recital to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

He performs the acclaimed Wagner/Verdi program from his first album Love & Death.

 

Advertising for Abdiel's recital
Abdiel talks to the press about his recital and also about his upcoming conducting debut.

May 6 Abdiel performs an extraordinary solo recital at the most important hall in Mexico: Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

 

The concert was significat in many ways. A solo recital in this hall is extremely rare, the hall was completely sold out, the CD sales of the evening were donated 100% to the Yumhu Children's Choir, a wonderful group of indigenous kids from Tlaxcala that sing in their native Otomi language, and Abdiel performed an homage to the late Mexican popstar and legend Juan Gabriel as an encore.

 

The program consisted of some of the most signifcant works in Abdiel's life:

-Beethoven's Sonata No. 23 "Appassionata"

-Schubert's Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3

-Chopin's 3rd Sonata and Nocturnes Op. 27

-Rachmaninoff's Elegie, Prelude Op. 23 No. 6, and 2nd Sonata

 

Standing ovation
Live streaming outside of the hall
Autograph line at the end of the concert
A picture with the wonderful children's choir Yumhu

April 27 and 28 Abdiel performs a solo recital in Colombia's capital city, Bogota, at the prestigious Universidad de los Andes. 

 

Activities also include a masterclass for pianists and singers - students of the university.

 

Below, the official video from the university about his masterclass and recital.

 

The poster for Abdiel's recital in Bogota, Colombia.

April 24 and 25 Abdiel travels to Medellín, Colombia to offer a solo recital at the Instituto de Bellas Artes as part of its International Artists series.

 

Activities also include a talk with the students and masterclasses to pianists and chamber music groups.

 

With the students after Abdiel's masterclass.
The flyer of Abdiel's activities in Medellin, Colombia.

March 2 Abdiel performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestra (OSUANL) in Monterrey, his hometown, in what was a very emotional and special setting: an homage to his late teacher, Gerardo Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez, a renowned concert pianist in Mexico, was the founder of the Monterrey conservatory and later the director of Nuevo Leon's Opera Company. He was Abdiel's teacher for 7 years during his conservatory studies, and they collaborated together many times in two piano concerts and opera productions.

 

Together with conductor Jesus Medina, Abdiel and the orchestra performed as an encore the 18th variation from Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody.

 

The press wrote: "... his technique allowed him to confront with aplomb the technical difficulties of the score... the second movement, possibly the most inspired, transmitted that meditative and melancholic mood that characterizes it."

 

Press link. (Subscription required)

 

Music, ovation, and homage

January 22 Abdiel closes his tour of northwest Mexico with a performance of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine with star soprano Maria Katzarava at the International Ortiz Tirado Festival in Alamos, Sonora.

 

Again, the performance is acclaimed by the press: "Without a doubt, the admirable result of this production of The Human Voice had as one of its principal elements the expert colaboration of pianist Abdiel Vázquez, always at the protagonists' service, always precise, always attentive to the changing scenic necessities." 

 

Press link.

 

This is Abdiel's fourth performance of Poulenc's La Voix Humain with Ms. Katzarava: Mexico City, Culiacan, Monterrey, and now Alamos.

January 21 Abdiel travels to the city of Alamos, Sonora to give a recital as part of the events of the International Ortiz Tirado Festival in this town, which belongs to the UNESCO list of world heritage towns. 

 

The recital is praised by the press: http://festivalortiztirado.gob.mx/vazquez-y-marquez/

 

"What a great pianist is Abdiel Vázquez!... Clarity of articulation in Mozart, romantic drama with interesting narrative highlights in Chopin, subtle and mistical parfumes in Scriabin, and theatric virtuosity in the Verdi transcriptions, were the basic qualities in the performance of Abdiel Vázquez who very clearly posseses a full technique and a fine sensibility to give each piece of music its corresponding style."

 

The hall was full and had to accommodate people seating on the floor.
The concert was streamed live and broadcast on TV and radio stations.

January 20 Abdiel performs in a private recital in the resort city of San Carlos, Sonora, with tenor Dante Alcala and soprano Mariana Valdes. The program includes selections from operas, operettas, zarzuela, musical theater, and popular songs. 

 

Performing with Mariana Valdes and Dante Alcala.
Always a pleasure to make music with great singers.

January 17-19 Abdiel continues his northwest Mexican tour with a series of masterclasses for pianists at the Univeristy of Sonora in the city of Hermosillo, Mexico.

 

The event is also featured in the press: http://www.uson.mx/noticias/default.php?id=23338

 

Giving an example to one of the participants.

January 5-8 Abdiel starts the year with a workshop and masterclass for young singers in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, hosted by the Artistic Society of Sinaloa, a private non-profit that brings performances of the highest quality to this city and also supports young singers.

 

The event was featured in the press: http://www.debate.com.mx/cultura/Me-gusta-compartir-lo-que-se-con-los-jovenes-cantantes-20170115-0028.html

 

http://www.noroeste.com.mx/publicaciones/view/comparte_abdiel_vazquez_su_experiencia_con_jovenes_cantantes-1065561

 

"The main advice I give to all the young people is to search for honesty as artists, that they find their own voice, that they don't try to imitate anyone or be something they are not... that they find themselves and show themselves with honesty."

 

Illustrating an exercise to one of the participants.
With all the participants.

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

 

View full calendar here

 

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