The Virtuoso of Venezuela
Alcides Rodriguez is currently the bass clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He received his Masters Degree in Music Performance from Northwestern University, after beginning his musical training in 1987 in the Youth Symphony Orchestra of his hometown, Guanare, Venezuela. He has studied with distinguished Venezuelan clarinetists such as Jorge Montilla, Daniel Granados and Carlos Mujica, and was a semifinalist in the clarinet competition “Ciudad de dos Hermanas” in Seville, Spain. The following year he won first place in the concerto competition of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico to play the Jean Francaix’s Clarinet Concerto.
He has performed as a soloist in Venezuela with Los Llanos Symphony Orchestra, Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra, Guarico State Symphony Orchestra, Falcon State Symphony Orchestra, and in the United States with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra, and the American Wind Symphony.