Puerto Rican composer Iván Enrique Rodríguez’ (b.1990) music has been performed in P.R., the U.S., throughout North/South America, and Europe, where in Italy his piece Madre Luna received the 2014 Rimini International Choral Competition prize; and where his Crípticos Nos. 1, 2 & 3 acquired him the 2015 International Composition Competition Maurice Ravel award. He also won the 2015 American Composers Orchestra EarShot Program, with maestro Rossen Milanov and Columbus Symphony giving the U.S. premiere of his piece Luminis, which also received the Audience Choice award. Rodríguez received the 2019 prestigious ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Award and ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards’ honorable mention, and his musical-social involvement was recognized by Junior Chamber International with the 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World award in P.R.
Named in 2018 a Puerto Rican Heritage Ernesto Malave Scholar of the Arts by Comité Noviembre in N.Y.C., Rodríguez’ music is inspired by the factual human experience. His latest compositions have been focused on social justice and activism, having in their inner spirit his Puerto Rican musical heritage. His most recent orchestral piece, A Metaphor for Power, has the current Latinx experience as well as the ongoing equality issues in the USA as a central thesis, and was selected for the 2019 prestigious Edward T. Cone Composition Institute to be premiered by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the renowned conductor, maestro Cristian Măcelaru. Rodríguez’ commitment to human rights, equality and, justice has led him to collaborate with the Vision Collective on their first German tour through multiple refugee camps. Additionally, his musical focus on his Puerto Rican heritage led Musica de Camara, Inc. to commission his Concerto for Puerto Rican Cuatro and Strings Orchestra premiered at El Museo del Barrio in N.Y.C. in 2016.
Iván Enrique Rodríguez received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, studying with Alfonso Fuentes. His Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Melinda Wagner and Robert Beaser and, is currently pursuing his Doctor in Musical Arts degree in Juilliard’s prestigious C.V. Starr doctoral program.
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