Uriel Rodríguez Soto
Uriel Rodríguez Soto, is the chief conductor of the Banda Sinfónica del Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz (founded in 1886), of the Orquesta Sinfónica Rozst (Xalapa) and the Sinfonietta Nacional (Cdmx).
Uriel was born in 1990 in Mexico City; At the age of 10 he began his musical studies as guitarist, already showing interest in composition and orchestral conducting. At the age of 19, he got enrolled in the bachelor of music degree program of UACJ, where he studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Carlos García Ruiz, starting his career as conductor, at the same time he achieved a bachelor degree in classical guitar and piano as a complementary instrument. Later he completed a master's degree in orchestral conducting at the Faculty of Music of the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) under the tutelage of Maestro Lanfranco Marcelletti. Uriel has studied internationally with various Maestros: in London, UK. and in Graz, Austria, under the tutelage of Master Achim Holub; in Vienna, Austria, under the tutelage of Maestro Konstantinos Diminakis. He has also received master classes from Guido Maria Guida (Italy) and Christof Harr (Germany).
At the age of 24 he made his debut in England and later in Austria, where he won an honorable mention for an outstanding performance of W. A. Mozart's Symphony 40, at the 2014 kammerphilharmonie Graz competition; As a consequence, he receives an invitation to collaborate as assistant to the Austrian conductor Achim Holub, in a series of concerts held in London, UK, and in the cities of Össiach and Graz, Austria, starting with it an international career that has led him to perform in different cities and countries: London, England; Graz, Austria; Vienna, Austria; Rimini, Italy and Boulogne Sur Mer, France; positioning him as one of the youngest, charismatic and versatile conductors of the new generation.
Some of the Orchestras he has conducted include: Orpheus Kammerphilarmonie (Vienna, Aus.), London Classical Soloist (London England), Opal Sinfonietta (France), Kammerphilarmonie Graz (Austria), Rimini Chamber Orchestra (Italy). In Mexico, he has been invited to conduct the Orquesta de Cámara de Xalapa (OCaXa), Orquesta Universitaria de Música Popular (OUMP), the Orquesta del Instituto Superior de Música de Veracruz (ISMEV), the Orquesta de Cámara UACJ (Chihuahua). and Orquesta Juvenil de la Universidad Autónoma de Cd. Juárez (OSJUACJ).
Uriel has been chief conductor of the Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de la Facultad de Música de la Universidad Veracruzana (Xalapa, Mex.) for 3 years and guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de la Facultad de Música de la Universidad Veracruzana (for 1 semester).
In the year 2020 he receives an invitation to collaborate with the Italian University "Samnium" as part of the jury at the Vienna Musikverein, for the international competition of orchestral musicians.
In the same year (2020), he writes and publishes two educational books, the first on orchestral conducting "Mente, cuerpo y alma" and the second "Los Instrumentos de la Orquesta". Later, in the year 2021 he presents the first book in the Ciudad Real library, in Spain.
In August 2022, the Banda Sinfónica del Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz, makes a national call in search of new conductor. After a competition in 3 phases and among 14 conductors, Uriel obtained the first place, receiving appointment as the new principal conductor and positioning him as the conductor No. 20 in the history of the Band, since 1886.
Uriel has a very versatile repertoire, covering works from the baroque period to contemporary, operas and choral music. It also worth to say that he speaks 3 languages (Spanish, English and Italian) and feels a great passion and commitment to teaching.
Mtro. Achim Holub: Conductor. London,Uk / Austria
Uriel’s conducting technique is very skilled and his approach to music making is professional and full of passion. I know him as a person who is willing to work hard and who tries to communicate his ideas in the clearest possible way.
In my view, there is no doubt about his qualification to become a successful representative of our profession.
Mtro. Miguel Ángel Villanueva: Flutist. México
Based on my experience of more than 35 years of career, of which the last 18 as a soloist, I can assure without a doubt that Uriel Rodriguez Soto has a skillful and clear conducting technique, with an innovative approach and full of ideas in the musical creation. This young director also has not only the qualities expected of all professionals, but also the attitude and human qualities that make him an artist with high qualification.
Mtro. Lanfranco Marcelletti: Chief Conductor of OSX. Italy / Brazil
Uriel Rodríguez Soto Is a young orchestral conductor who is very committed to his profession, is a music lover and has a great will to work.