Rolando Antonio Alejandro
A young puertorrican pianist who seems to be a promising artist. With a profound sense of passion and a delicate musical touch, Rolando Antonio is a young musician with an old soul. Since his breakthrough debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in 2013 when he was thirteen years old, he has established himself as an international pianist in formation.
Rolando made his debut in 2007 when he was eight, at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. One year later, when he was nine, he participated in a concert at the theatre of the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey. In 2012 and 2014 he was invited to participate in a concert for talented young artists sponsored by the Musical Foundation of Ponce and the Jean O. Petty Foundation. In 2013 he was invited by maestro Luis “Perico” Ortiz in the production ‘Tiempo de Amar’ and recorded a “danza” called “Amor Eterno” by Puerto Rican composer Luciano Quiñones. He appeared with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in Puerto Rico Symphony Hall during the years 2013 and 2014, interpreting piano concertos I and II by F. Mendelssohn. In December 2014, he was part of the concert “Oda a Beethoven”, playing Beethoven’s first concerto with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, his first solo recital took place in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Later in 2015, he has another solo recital in the Ponce Museum of Art.
Born in San Juan Puerto Rico in 1999, Rolando began piano lessons at age of eight and went on to study in small music school close to his home. In 2008 he joined the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico’s pre-college program, and during the years 2010 through 2016, he was student of Maria Teresa Acevedo. He followed studies with Sergio Ruiz, Thomas Lymenstull and Robert Satterlee at Interlochen Summer Arts Program 2013-2015. He also studied with José Ramos Santana, Golda Tatz, Martin Labazevich, Ian Hobson and Boaz Sharon at the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival 2015 and 2016. He has participated in classes with Michael Lewin from the Boston Conservatory, as well as with Rebecca Penneys, Christopher Harding, Myron Tsong, Omri Shimron, Enmni Ko, Sean Puggan, Roberta Rust, Young Hi Moon, Blanca Uribe and Benjamin Warsaw at Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival 2016. During the fall of 2016, he became student of Matti Raekallio at The Juilliard School. Rolando is recipient of the Chopin Foundation of the United States Scholarship first-year category 2016, 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner in Music Intrument/piano, Intelochen Maddy Summer Artist Award for piano 2015, and Interlochen Summer Fine Arts Awards for piano in 2014. In October 2015, he won first prize in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico’s XVIII Concerto Competition and later performed the Saint Saëns Concerto OP.22 with the conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra. Rolando has participated in masterclasses with professors like Paul Schenly, Alessio Bax, Michael Coonrod, Sheryl Iott, and Dennis Alexander.