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 Pittsburgh Symphony's Cardenes, Ojeda schedule SRU concert 



February 8, 2010

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Pittsburgh Symphony's Cardenes, Ojeda schedule SRU concert       


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Andr�s C�rdenes, recognized worldwide as a violin and viola musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominee and soon-to-retire first chair and concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will be joined with Rodrigo Ojeda, principal pianist with the symphony, for a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 concert at Slippery Rock University.

           The performance will be in Swope Music Hall.

           C�rdenes has parlayed his myriad talents into one of classical music's most versatile careers.

           He served as artistic director and leader of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra from its 1999 inception through 2009. He will retire from duties with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the end of the concert season to concentrate on his role as conductor of the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

           A ferocious, passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born C�rdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling solo violin, conducting, viola, chamber music, concertmaster and recorded performances.

            Since catapulting into the upper tier of acclaimed violin virtuosos after capturing second prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras on four continents, including those of Pittsburgh Philadelphia, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Moscow, Bavarian Radio, Helsinki, Shanghai, Caracas and Barcelona. He has collaborated with many of today's greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Fr�hbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Andr� Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Gerard Schwarz, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.

            His appearances with the Bavarian Radio, Neue Philarmonie Westfallen, San Diego Symphony, Sinfonica de Venezuela, Orquesta Fundac�on Beethoven (Santiago, Chile) and the OFUNAM Orchestra of Mexico City have received rave reviews. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review spotlighted his work with a headline "C�rdenes conducts Pittsburgh Symphony with epic mastery" after he stepped in for an ailing Robert Spano. 

He continues his project to record many standard and contemporary concerti. In 2009 recordings of concerti by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Barber and David Stock were released in 2009 on the Artek and Albany labels. 

Plans to record Bartok's Second Violin Concerto and the new version of the Viola Concerto are slated for this year, along with sonata recordings with pianist Ian Hobson. A recording of the complete works for violin by Leonardo Balada is already under way. 

C�rdenes' discography includes more than two dozen recordings of concerti, sonatas, short works, orchestral and chamber music on the Ocean, Naxos, Sony, Arabesque, RCA, ProArte, Telarc, Artek, Melodya and Enharmonic labels.

            In 2006, he marked his 30th anniversary of teaching, which began as an assistant to his teacher and mentor Josef Gingold at Indiana University. C�rdenes continues Professor Gingold's legacy as a distinguished professor of violin studies and the Dorothy Richard Starling/Alexander Speyer Jr. Endowed Chair at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music. In addition, he regularly presents master classes at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Manhattan School, Cleveland Institute, The Curtis Institute, and at virtually every major university and conservatory in the United States.

In 2008, he and his wife, Monique Mead, were appointed music directors of Strings Music Festival, where he serves as Strings Festival Orchestra conductor.

A cultural ambassador for UNICEF from 1980-1991 and a spokesperson for the arts, he has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings and humanitarian efforts, most notably from the cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai and the Mexican Red Cross. He was named Pittsburgh Magazine's 1997 Classical Artist of the Year and received the 2001 "Shalom" Award from Kollell's International Jewish Center for promoting world harmony and peace through music.

            C�rdenes was appointed concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Lorin Maazel in 1989 and is the Rachel Mellon Walton Endowed Concertmaster Chair.



Venezuelan born pianist Ojeda began his piano studies at the age 10. He completed his bachelor's degree in piano performance at the Institute of Musical Studies in 1997 under Arnaldo Pizzolante.  In 1999, he went on to complete his graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University where he remained to complete his artist diploma certificate. 

He has performed in master classes with such notable pianists as Kasimierz Giesrod, former rector of the Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Marek Joblonsky, Georgy Sandor, Marta Gulyas and Earl Wild. His solo recitals include performances throughout Venezuela, Ecuador and most recently in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. He has performed concerti from an expansive repertoire of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Grieg, Schumann, Mozart, Lizt, Cesar Frank and Prokofiev. 

A versatile pianist, Ojeda has performed numerous chamber works from classical and contemporary string, brass and woodwind repertoire.

His most recent live television and radio broadcasts include Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 3" with the Orquesta Municipal in Caracas, Venezuela. He will perform in both Mexico and Venezuela in June and recently presented two concerts in Pittsburgh.

Ojeda is an artist lecturer in piano in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University as well as a piano faculty member in its Music Preparatory School. He has also been principal pianist with the Pittsburgh Symphony since 2006. 

Tickets to the SRU concert are $20; or $35 for the performance and after-concert reception at the President's Residence. Reservations may be made by calling 724.738.2018.


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