Berlin-based Venezuelan conductor Rodolfo Barráez made his début with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin in 2020. The 2022/2023 season sees him join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Associate Conductor, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a Dudamel Conducting Fellow.
In 2020, Barráez took the 2nd Prize at the Inaugural Siemens-Hallé International Conductor Competition in Manchester, leading to immediate invitations with The Hallé. He was also awarded 1st Prize at the 2018 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México International Conducting Competition.
Barráez completed his bachelor’s and master’s conducting studies at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, and previously his bachelor’s at the Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes de Venezuela. In summer 2022, he was selected to take part in the Conducting Fellowship of the Verbier Festival, where he filled in the roll of assistant conductor for Charles Dutoit and Gianandrea Noseda, among others.
Some of Barráez’s most recent guest conductor performances were with Appassionato Orchestra at the Verbier Festival 2022, Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, The Hallé, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony, Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, Yucatán Symphony Orchestra, Querétaro Philharmonic Orchestra, UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra, Minería Symphony Orchestra, among others. Future highlights include his début in the USA alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a series of concerts for the following seasons at the Hollywood Bowl.
Strongly influenced by his own remarkable education as part of El Sistema under the guidance of José Antonio Abreu and Teresa Hernández, Barráez is committed to contributing to music education. In 2019, he founded the Falcón Conducting Workshop, an organisation which nurtures and supports the development of emerging conductors through masterclass and workshop series in his hometown, as well as worldwide at highly renowned institutions such as the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas.