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Artist Profile

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.