Venezuelan violist, conductor, and pedagogue Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz hails from Caracas where his musical foundation began under the auspices of the famed “El Sistema” organisation. His musical journey later continued in Miami under the tutelage of María Antonieta Salas. A versatile musician, Roderick-Lorenz enjoys a dynamic career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He performs a wide range of musical genres such as classical, Latin, mariachi, popular, contemporary, and modern music. He is a member of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and is principal violist of the Lyrica Boston Chamber Orchestra. In the summer months, he leads the viola section of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Summer Philharmonic.
As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Natalie Cole, Franco de Vita and Il Volo, amongst others. He has performed as a soloist with artists such as Prince Royce and Leslie Cartaya and has been featured as recitalist in Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Other solo appearances include orchestras from New World School of the Arts (1st Prize Concerto Laureate 2012), the International School of Music, Florida International University, Miami Dade College’ Film Scoring Orchestra and Wind Symphony (1st Prize Concerto Laureate 2015), High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra (1stPrize Concerto Laureate 2019) and most recently with the Lyrica Boston Chamber Orchestra. His eclectic career has encompassed performances at the Latin Grammy, Billboard Music Awards, Premios Juventud, Miami Life Awards, Lo Nuestro Awards and numerous televised appearances for Venevision, America TV, Ávila TV, Mega TV, Telemundo and Univision.
Other prominent artist collaborations include Plácido Domingo, Ruben Studdard, Celtic Woman, Johnny Mathis, Paloma San Basilio, Oscar D’Leon, Juanes, Peter Schickele, and the Electric Light Orchestra. He has also recorded extensively for a plethora of artists such as Olga Tañón and Andrián di Monti and his interpretations have appeared in participating movies at the Cannes Film Festival. He has been a frequent guest artist at the Dvorak American Heritage Association (DAHA) in New York City since 2017.
Recent highlights include an appearance as soloist and conductor with the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, as well as a national radio debut at WQXR’s McGraw Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase with Robert Sherman.
Roderick-Lorenz has played under the baton of many well-known conductors such as James Judd, Eugene Kohn, Eduardo Marturet, Alondra de la Parra, Grzegorz Nowak, Nir Kabaretii, Andrew Bisantz, Maximiano Valdés, Yaniv Segal and Carlos Riazuelo.
A committed teacher, he serves on the faculties of Miami’s ViolaFest of New World School of the Arts, ArtsAhimsa Music Festival in Massachusetts, and as Teaching Assistant to renowned and sought-after violinist Laura Bossert at the Setnor School of Music. He is currently the musical director at La Casita Cultural Center from Syracuse University, where he received recognition for Teaching Excellence. Some of his students have been accepted into highly prestigious programmes such as Philadelphia International Music Festival, All-State, Quartet Program, Killington Music Festival, National Take a Stand Festival, ViolaFest, LyricaFest and specialised schools like the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, New World School of the Arts, Coral Reef High School, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Doral Academy Preparatory School. He currently has students pursuing degrees in music at major institutions such as Manhattan School of Music, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, New England Conservatory, Northwestern University and Columbia University.
He has received guidance from some of the most prominent violists and pedagogues around the world such as Ivo Jan Van der Werff, Jonathan Brown, Choong-Jin Chang, Pierre Henri-Xuereb, Laurent Korcia, Steven Ansell, Kerri Ryan, and Diemut Poppen.
Classical collaborations in concert include artists such as Stephen Hough, Lola Astanova, Christopher O’Riley, Alessio Bax, Ohad Bar-David, Laura Goldberg, The Hausmann, and Invoke quartets.
Mr. Roderick-Lorenz is the recipient of Certificate of Appreciation from Miami Dade County Office of the Major and Board of County Commissioners (2015) and other recognitions for his artistry and academic success such as the Otto Sussman Trust (2018) and two grants: Community Arts Grant from Central New York Council on the Arts (2019) and a Collaborative Arts Grant from the College of Visual and Performing Arts “VPA”, Syracuse University (2017). He is currently finishing a recording for the label S.U Records at Syracuse University.
His main teachers include Richard Fleischman (New World School of the Arts), Michael Klotz (Florida International University) and Laura Bossert (Syracuse University). He performs on a beautiful viola made for him by the Mexican luthier Carlo Gazanini in 2007.
He holds an Associates Degree in English Literature from Miami Dade College and a Double Bachelors degree in Viola Performance (Performance Honours Distinction) and Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from Syracuse University (Magna Cum Laude).