Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim has been acclaimed for his “special ability to present touching interpretations” (El Norte), “consummate elegance” (New York Concert Review), and “mastery of phrasing, agogic accents, and dynamics” (Oberbaselbieter Zeitung). He has performed extensively over four continents, including at Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of Budapest’s Liszt Academy, and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. He is a winner of Astral’s 2017 National Auditions and the James Mottram, Bösendorfer, San Marino, Lyon, and Teresa Carreño competitions, as well as the prestigious Concours Géza Anda in Zurich.
Mr. Rolim was featured in a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enrique Granados, performing his complete Goyescas in the U.S., Europe, and Brazil. He also recently performed Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 with the Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella, Debussy’s Fantaisie with Brazil’s Minas Gerais Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 with Ukraine’s Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra. Other performances include the Grieg and Schumann concerti at the Septembre Musical Festival, the Chausson concerto with the São Paulo String Quartet, and an appearance in “Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety” in the Bernstein Centenary Festival.
A passionate advocate of chamber music, Mr. Rolim has performed with the Aizuri, Jasper, and São Paulo string quartets and members of the Baltimore and Brazilian Symphonies, Ensemble Connect, and Bronx Arts Ensemble. He has appeared at Ravinia, Folle Journée, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Musikdorf Ernen, Académie Musicale de Villecroze, and the Kingston Chamber and Lake George Music Festivals, and been featured in radio broadcasts in the U.S., Brazil, and Europe and several television programs in Brazil. He also founded Trio Appassionata with violinist Lydia Chernicoff and cellist Andrea Casarrubios, whose debut album, gone into night are all the eyes, was praised by Gramophone and International Record Review.
Mr. Rolim began musical studies with his mother, Miriam Correa, and gave his first public performance when he was four. He was admitted to the Magda Tagliaferro School in São Paulo, and after winning the Nelson Freire and Magda Tagliaferro piano competitions at age 18 moved to the U.S., where he studied at Oakland University (Michigan), the Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music. He recently concluded his doctoral thesis on the wartime programmatic works of Karol Szymanowski at Yale University.