Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) is without a doubt, one of the most revolutionary composers of the 20th Century. Among his achievements, completing a sonata for each of the orchestral instruments shows how versatile this composer was. As an acclaimed violist himself, he dedicated to the viola an extended part of his complex and unique composing literature. These four monumental sonatas for viola solo represent the backbone of the viola repertoire, which also demonstrates a synergy of compositional language rooted in the Baroque, representing the technical, structural and philosophical evolution of this German composer.
Thirty year old Spanish violist Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez is widely recognized for his performances, which combine the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. He has been praised by the New York Times, Digest, as “… Jesus Rodolfo is a start whose light transcends the stage…”, his authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire as well as for the depth of his musical insight made his stand among the top young musicians in the world. After joining the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) in 2008, Rodolfo became its Principal Violist and Soloist in 2010. He performed as a principal viola and soloist all over Europe with some notable conductors who he has performed under are Claudio Abbado, Antonio Pappano, Herbert Blomstedt, Ingo Metzmacher. As a soloist Rodolfo he has had numerous critically acclaimed performances with orchestras such as the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Mannes Orchestra, Bratislawa Chamber Orchestra, León Symphony Orchestra “Odón Alonso”, Youth Asturias Symphony Orchestra, Gijón Simphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, David Afkham, David Hayes, Marzio Conti, Dorel Murgu, Jean Stanienda, Shink Han, Óliver Díez, among others and has appeared in major concert halls throughout Europe, China and the US. Jesús studied at Oviedo Conservatory in Spain, Yale University, Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and his Doctoral Music Arts Degree at Stony Brook University. His main teachers are: Wieslaw Rekucki, Jesse Levine, Paul Neubauer, Nick Cords and Lawrence Dutton. Jesús has given recitals all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York. He is frequently guest artist at International Music Festivals such as Music@Menlo, Bowdoin, Malaga Clasica, the Bach Festival, Chelsea Music Festival and Lucerne Festival. He is regularly invited as guest principal viola of Orquesta Nacional de España.