Mexican-American clarinetist, Elias Rodriguez made his national solo debut in the United States at the age of 16, after performing on a live broadcast of "From the Top." on NPR (National Public Radio). He has since been invited to teach and perform at international music festivals throughout the Americas and Europe. Recent engagements include a series of over 20 solo and chamber music concerts in Paris, France and orchestra concerts at the 2018 Grafenegg Academy Festival in Austria, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center in New York City. Elias has also served as an educator at various music institutions in the United States, Canada, and Colombia, among which stands out his role as Associate Director of Bands for Mesquite Independent School District (Mesquite, Texas).
Elias is an alumnus of The Orchestra Now, a distinguished pre-professional orchestra comprised of graduate musicians from around the world. As the winner of the first concerto competition of this organization, Elias performed Weber's 1st Clarinet Concerto on WMHT Radio New York after which he was praised for his « smooth acrobatic tone, fierce finesse » and « virtuosic dynamics, » (Millbrook Independent). Other distinctions include receiving Honorable Mention in the 2018 USA Harold Wright National Clarinet Competition, being named a semi-finalist in the 2017 Matthew Ruggiero International Clarinet Competition, and a finalist in the 2016 Phoenix Symphony clarinet audition.
Elias has a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University and a Master of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). In 2015, he was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Bard College, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Critical, Curatorial, and Performance Studies. He is one of three American musicians to be awarded the 2018-2019 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, which granted him an artist residency at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France. During the last year, Elias has studied under Patrick Messina, principal clarinet of the National Orchestra of France. In June 2019, he received his diploma Exécution Professionnel Supérieur from the École Normale de Musique de Paris.
Elias is a fluent English, Spanish, and French speaker.
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