Iván’s composing and conducting technique, musicality, eloquence, sensibility, meticulousness, perfectionism, and attention to detail overpass any amount of years of experience. His energy at the podium is extremely contagious, [and] his finesse also makes him an excellent and balanced conductor and composer. His extended musical knowledge is a wonder due to his young age and his remarkable use of it on the podium is astonishing."

     —Ana Rosa Santiago, Senior Director US Latin & Latin America Membership Group ASCAP


Composer

At age 15, composer Iván Enrique Rodríguez’s musical curiosity led him to learn a variety of instruments including saxophone, harp, piano, violin, and voice. This exploration of sound and texture awakened his inner passion for composition. A decade later, Rodríguez’s work, ranging from chamber music to pieces for orchestra and chorus, has been performed in countries such as Uruguay and the United States to Italy as well as his native Puerto Rico.

Rodríguez’s commissions have often been for specific purposes and celebratory events including a promotional campaign bringing awareness of the environmental needs of the Bay of San Juan to arranging traditional danza for the Consulate of Spain in Puerto Rico to writing a prizing winning work for Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra flutist Jonathan Figueroa.   more... ›

 

Puerto Rican Cuatro

Puerto Rican Cuatro

 
     John Rivera Pico's debut Recording Fronteras

     John Rivera Pico's debut Recording Fronteras

Conductor

The aspiring young conductor Iván Enrique Rodríguez (b.1990) is zestfully embarking on an exciting career. Rodriguez served from 2011 through 2014 as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Ernesto Ramos Antonini Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that placed advanced students alongside Puerto Rico’s noted professionals. Here, he was able to premiere not only his own work, but other Puerto Rican Composers alongside the standard orchestra repertoire.

Most recently, in July 2015, he assisted Maestro Eduardo Marturet in the preparation of the annual Venezuela es mucho más concert featuring the Miami Symphony Orchestra in Miami, Florida.

In June 2015, Rodríguez served as conductor for the Grand Ballet Chamber Orchestra in San Juan for the world premiere of Johanny Navarro's Cecilia & Santiago Ballet Suite.   more ... ›

 

Collaborator

For the enlargement of the Puerto Rican Cuatro's culture, repertoire and presence, Iván recently finished his Concerto for Puerto Rican Cuatro commissioned by Musica de Camara, Inc. – New York City. 

Upon receiving the commission, Iván enthusiastically constructed a concerto that could make the Puerto Rican Cuatro shine on its own light as a concert instrument. It represented an opportunity to depart from the folkloric restrictions in which it has been cornered, challenging its limits and highlighting its immense capabilities.


Released in late August 2015, John Rivera Pico's debut recording features contemporary classical music from Puerto Rico and Cuba. Iván was delighted when approached to provide two Crípticos (No. 4 & No. 5) for Fronteras. The full recording and individual tracks are available from iTunes and CD Baby.

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Click To Read Iván’s Blog

Click To Read Iván’s Blog

As Maestro Egarr clearly stated, one only needs to read and do some simple research to know that music meant serious emotional stuff to people in the 17th century, and I would dare say earlier and later in history too. But today… how do we listen today?
— from "Music was a passionate thing. Why should we soften the edges now?"