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Natasha Paremski and Alfredo Rodriguez

San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances Natasha Paremski and Alfredo Rodriguez

Pianists Natasha Paremski and Alfredo Rodriguez combine their individual musical fireworks. One is known as a galvanizing young classical artist and the other a Cuban jazz composer/interpreter. Their "call-and-response" style program makes historical masterworks ingenious material for interplay and improvisation.

Natasha is a regular return guest of many major orchestras, including Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Grant Park Festival, Winnipeg Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she has performed every year since 2008 in venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Cadogan Hall. She has performed with major orchestras in North America including Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, NAC Orchestra in Ottawa, Nashville Symphony.

Alfredo Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed Cuban jazz pianist who, due to his formal training, is as proficient at playing classical music as he is his chosen genre. Rodriguez was born in Havana in 1985 and named for his father, a popular singer, television host, and entertainer. He began his musical studies on percussion at the age of seven and training on the piano at age 10. He was enrolled in the Manuel Saumell Conservatory, and later at the Amadeo Roldan Music Conservatory. He won classical competitions in both schools. The Koln Concert He also received some on-the-spot training; at the age of 14, he began playing with and arranging for his father's orchestra. At the age of 15, he received Keith Jarrett's classic Koln Concert album as a gift from an uncle, and his ears were opened to improvisation. Rodriguez eventually studied at Cuba's premier school, Instituto Superior de Arte, where he also won several competitions.

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Sergei Prokofiev

Visions Fugitives, Op. 22

Maurice Ravel

Gaspard de la Nuit

Mily Balakirev

Islamey

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