2013

 

December 27 Abdiel's performances in 2013 at Carnegie Hall and at the Cervantino International Festival are mentioned in Mexico's leading newspaper Reforma, in an article featuring the best of the year in classical music.

 

The article was written by Lazaro Azar and the other Mexicans mentioned are the tenor Javier Camarena, the conductors Enrique Batiz and Alondra de la Parra, the pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, and the soprano Rebeca Olvera.

 

Although reading Reforma online requires a subscription, the full article in Spanish can be read in the author's Facebook page here.

Lazaro Azar's respected (and feared) weekly column: Sotto Voce

 

November 27 Abdiel made a special performance during the gala of Architectural Digest's Icons of Design awards ceremony in Mexico City.

 

The gala was hosted by Adela Micha and featured Abdiel playing Chopin's Scherzo No. 2, Etudes Op. 10 No. 12 and Op. 25 No. 12, and the Polonaise Op. 53.

 

Vogue's version of the event can be read here.

AD Magazine gala
With gala host and renowned TV news anchor Adela Micha
Playing Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 during the opening

 

November 25 Featured in the TV network Proyecto 40's show Lideres Mexicanos - Mexican Leaders: Abdiel is interviewed and talks about his early years, his education, his formula for success, and his future plans.

 

The interview in Spanish can be seen here.

Interviewed in the show Mexican Leaders

 

November 21 Abdiel performed for the first time Ravel's Concerto in G with the Sinaloa de las Artes Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Roman Revueltas.

 

A local reviewer describes it as a 'triumph'.

Playing Ravel's Concerto in G

 

November 14 Besides working as a vocal coach and accompanist at Manhattan School of Music, Abdiel has also been the music director for Mignon Dunn's Opera Workshop at this prestigious conservatory.

 

The workshop's concert titled 'Opera Moments' included the excerpt below from Puccini's La Boheme, conducted by Abdiel.

 

November 10 The recital Parnassus and Paradise: the operas of Wagner and Verdi takes place in Mexico City's Carlos Chavez auditorium.

After playing Liszt's Rigoletto Paraphrase as an encore

 

November 7 La Ciudad de las Ideas has been taking place in Puebla for the past 6 years. It is a fascinating event curated by Dr. Andres Roemer through the non-profit association Poder Civico. It emulates the world-famous TED conference. 

 

The event's main sponsor is Mexican business mogul Ricardo Salinas Pliego through his Grupo Salinas.

 

This year the subject was Dangerous Ideas, and guests included Richard Dawkins, Deepak Chopra, Manal al-Sharif, Simon Deng, Lior Suchard, Alexa MeadeYo-Yo Black, Ken Perenyi, and Eric Whitacre.

 

Abdiel was invited to perform in the segment Dangerous Breakthroughs: Mex-I-Can.

He performed Cziffra's Trovatore Paraphrase.

 

Also, the great violinist Adrian Anantawan during his own ponence invited Abdiel for an impromptu performance of Massenet's Thais.

 

Abdiel's performance is here:

With Ricardo Salinas Pliego and his son
With Eric Whitacre

 

October 27 Another Mexican newspaper, La Cronica de Hoy, features Abdiel in an article about his life and career.

"The youth in Mexico has to overcome the barrier of conformism: Abdiel Vazquez"

 

October 12 Abdiel makes his debut in one of the most important cultural festivals in Latin America, the Cervantino International Festival, which takes place in Guanajuato every year during the whole month of October.

This year's guests also included Barbara Frittoli and Barry Douglas.

 

At the end of the recital, the festival director Jorge Volpi invited Abdiel in the spot to come back next year to play a recital in hommage to the 150th birthday anniversary of Ricardo Castro

 

The recital Parnassus and Paradise: the operas of Wagner and Verdi is described by one reviewer as one of the best of the festival.

 

Another critic headlines 'Abdiel Vazquez marvels'.

 

And Mexico's main music critic writes in Reforma that Abdiel's recital was one of the most attractive in the festival's history, and that the audience corroborated what David Dubal said: Vazquez is "the best Mexican pianist, ever."

 

Although reading Reforma online requires a subscription, the full article in Spanish can be read in the author's Facebook page here.

Elena Smirnova, Abdiel Vazquez, Jorge Volpi, Lazaro Azar, and Rocio Martinez
At the Auditorio de Minas, in Guanajuato

 

October 11 A day before his debut recital at the International Cervantino Festival, Abdiel gives a masterclass for singers and pianists at the University of Guanajuato.

 

Abdiel has actually been working with singers for more than 10 years, and since moving to New York City in 2007, he has been playing weekly for the voice lessons and coached the young students of Mignon Dunn, Patricia McCaffreyCatherine Malfitano, and Mark Oswald, and has also worked closely with Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor Joan Dornemann.

Working Norina's aria from Donizetti's Don Pasquale
Coaching one of Zerlina's arias from Mozart's Don Giovanni
Figuring out a Bach Prelude and Fugue
Working with young musicians is always a joy
A talented group of students

 

October 1 ABDIEL VAZQUEZ WINS THE FIRST PLACE AT THE WORLD COMPETITION!!!!!


The World Competition is the first competition to take place entirely online, and it was open to instrumentalists and singers from all over the world, ages 16-30, making it a very difficult competition.

 

The list of winners is here. The high level of the competition is attested by this list: the second place was awarded to an Australian Guitarrist, the third place to a French trumpetist, the fourth place to an Uzbekistani violinist, and the fifth place to a New Zelander pianist.

The winners of The World Competition

 

September 11 The official trailer for the upcoming movie The Bohemians is released. The movie is based on Puccini's opera La Boheme, and is set in modern-day Brooklyn. It also features some original compositions by Edy Lan, including the soundtrack of this trailer in which Abdiel's playing at the piano can be heard.

 

The full soundtrack was recorded in New York by the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, conducted by Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor Milos Repicky

 

The production team includes Grammy-award winner Rafa Sardina and producer Alvaro Domingo, son of the legendary tenor.

 

August 22 Celebrated Mexican composer Juan Pablo Contreras wins a grant from the Mexican National Endowment for The Arts to compose a concerto for piano and orchestra for Abdiel Vazquez to be premiered in 2014.

 

The results of the yearly grant are here.

Clockwise from top left: Marisa Ochoa, Juan Pablo Contreras, Elena Smirnova, and Abdiel Vazquez

 

July 1 Abdiel is featured in the popular magazine Gente, the Mexican version of People. The headline is: "Abdiel Vazquez chosen by the piano".

 

The full article in Spanish can be read here.

"Abdiel Vazquez: chosen by the piano"
"Being a concert pianist is a risk and a bet"
"Abdiel Vazquez - the virtuoso pianist that uses music to protest against inequality"

 

June 1 and 2 Abdiel performs for the first time Prokofiev's Concerto No. 1 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of UNAM and guest conductor Zhang Guoyong in the famous Nezahualcoyotl Hall - one of the most beautifully designed and acoustically perfect in the continent.

 

Abdiel performed as an encore the Chinese folk song 'Silver clouds chasing the moon'.

 

One reviewer wrote "Abdiel Vazquez owned the night".

Nezahualcoyotl Hall in Mexico City, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of UNAM

 

May 31 Mexico's main music critic, Lazaro Azar, writes a fabulous reveiw of Abdiel's performances this last month: Beethoven' 2nd and 4th Concerti with Robert Treviño and Enrique Batiz, and the benefit recital for the famlies of Pasta de Conchos.

 

He is pleased to "be proven that beyond the virtuosic repertorie of the XIX and XX centuries to which he is so fond, Vazquez adds to his technical solvency the necessary culture to recreate every style, and he posesses an invaluable gift: the capacity for creating moments of great poetry, to excite and move his audience."

 

Lazaro Azar's Friday column in Reforma: Sotto voce

 

May 27 and 30 Television appereances in two of the most watched networks in Mexico: Televisa and CNN en Español.

 

In the former he was interviewed by Brozo in his news show 'El Mañanero', and in the latter by Mariale Requena in her own 'Notimujer'. 

Abdiel Vazquez and Brozo at Televisa's 'El Mañanero'
Mariale Requena and Abdiel Vazquez in CNN's 'Notimujer'

 

May 26 In this rainy Sunday evening, and just hours after having performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Bellas Artes in the same venue, a very emotive event takes place in the National Conservatory of Mexico City: a benefit recital for the families of the victims of Pasta de Conchos, hosted by the Centro de Refleccion y Accion Laboral.

 

The concert is featured in the famous magazine Proceso, under the headline "Abdiel Vazquez, a piano recital for a better society".

 

As an encore, Abdiel dedicated his transcription of Gounod's Ave Maria to the parents of one of the victims - they had made the 15 hour bus trip to Mexico City all the way from the northern mining town just to witness the concert.

Playing Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

 

May 23 and 26 Abdiel performs Beethoven's Concerto No. 2 with the Chamber Orchestra of Bellas Artes and guest conductor Robert Treviño at the Bellas Artes Palace and the National Conservatory of Mexico.

With acclaimed conductor Robert Treviño
Playing Beethoven's Concerto No. 2

 

May 23 Abdiel is featured in the front page of the leading national newspaper in Mexico: Reforma. The article talks about his upcoming performances in Mexico City, with special emphasis in a benefit recital for the families of Pasta de Conchos.

"Abdiel is touched by Pasta de Conchos"
Front page of Reforma

 

April 12 and 14 An exciting performance of Beethoven's Concerto No. 4 with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico and celebrated conductor Enrique Batiz: Abdiel steps in at the last minute after the programmed soloist cancelled.

 

The encore of the night was Earl Wild's transcription of Rachmaninoff's Floods of Spring.

Abdiel Vazquez, Enrique Batiz, and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra

 

March 13 The Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey, Abdiel's musical 'alma mater', celebrated its building's 100th anniversary with a magnificent gala.

 

Built in 1913 originally as nunnery and later transformed into a school for ladies, in 1977 the beautiful building opened its doors as Monterrey's music conservatory.

 

Abdiel performed Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

The dinner gala included performances by the school's orchestra and dance company.
During the dress rehearsal

 

March 3 One of the major Mexican newspapers, El Universal, features Abdiel in the front page of its Culture section in an article about his Carnegie Hall 'brilliant debut'.

 

The full article in Spanish can be read here.

Front page of the Culture section in El Universal

 

March 1 The prestigious online classical music magazine in Spanish, L'Orfeo features Abdiel as its Artist of the Month. The article presents the review written by Mexico's main music critic Lazaro Azar of Abdiel's Carnegie Hall debut.

 

Mr. Azar reaffirms David Dubal's assestment of Abdiel as "the greatest Mexican pianist", and the article can be read here.

Artist of the month in L'Orfeo magazine
With David Dubal and Lazaro Azar at The Juilliard School

 

February 25 A special day in Abdiel's life: his Carnegie Hall debut. The performance features the winners of New York Concerti Sinfonietta's competition Shining Stars Debuts, performing with this chamber orchestra and its chief conductor Paul Hostetter.

 

The performance receives a great review from the press in New York.

Thanking the New York audience, who just listened to Ponce's Piano Concerto for the first time
The finale is a thunderous cascade of octaves
Playing Ponce's Concerto with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta
Not only a beautiful and elegant hall - Weill has an excellent acoustic

 

February 16 Abdiel's upcoming debut at Carnegie Hall reaches the headlines of Mexico's leading newspaper Reforma. Not only is a debut as a soloist with orchestra in this prestigious hall relevant, but also the fact that Manuel M. Ponce's Piano Concerto will be performed for the first time in New York City.

 

Ponce's two other concertos for Guitar and Violin were premiered in this city by none other than their own dedicatees: Andres Segovia and Henryk Szerying, respectively.

Front page of the Culture section of Reforma

 

January 4 Starting the year off with the right foot: Abdiel IS THE WINNER OF NEW YORK CONCERTI SINFONIETTA'S CONCERTO COMPETITION!!!

 

The prize will be to perform a debut concert at Carnegie Hall with the ensemble as part of its Shining Stars Debut Series!!

The concert is announced at Carnegie Hall's webpage

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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