Mr. Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz

Viola, Violin Teacher

Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz

SAA Member

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Malden, MA
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Teaching Philosophy:
 
Pedagogy is one of the few and rare professions that requires true vocation and conviction. I believe that teaching comes from sharing and I love to help each and every one of my students develop their own gift and understanding of music. This year marks the beginning of my 11th year of teaching and I am fascinated and humbled by everything that I have learned from all of my students!
Learning to play an instrument is a formative, fun and inclusive process for both teacher and student. I enjoy seeing my pupils progress and ultimately, finding their voice and telling their own story through music.   My objective as a docent is to inspire students to develop high intrapersonal intelligence so that they may become their own best teacher.  Technique should exist in favor of music and not music in favor of technique. The parallelism between these is one that merges and becomes the same. Addressing them simultaneously makes the learning process endlessly creative and interesting rather than daunting and isolating technique in a manner where it no longer relates to artistry. 
It is my hope that my students will acquire tools that will not only help them become better musicians but that will also assist them in other areas of their lives. 
In the core of great artistry, I believe there are 10 essentials to communicate at the highest level. A true musician must be able to be a “thinker” one that can analyse music before playing it, a “singer” to implement lyricism in the phrasing, a “sculptor” to draw the right profile when needed, a “dancer” to understand tempi and flow, a “sportsman” to have the physical endurance and resistance, a “painter” of harmonies as colours, an “architect” with the capacity to build structure with sound, an “actor” to present your musical proposition, a “missionary” to deliver the message and lastly a “storyteller” -the raconteur which is the culmination of these essentials. Every student has a story to tell- their original voice is ultimately “the story”….their own story….

Bio:

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. A versatile musician, Roderick-Lorenz enjoys a dynamic career as 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, Il Volo and has been a featured  recitalist in Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Also an avid soloist, he has made appearances with 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), the 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 luminaries such as Plácido Domingo, Ruben Studdard, Celtic Woman, Johnny Mathis, Paloma San Basilio, Oscar D’Leon, Marco Antonio Solís, Peter Schickele and the Electric Light Orchestra. He has also recorded extensively for a plethora of artists such as Olga Tañón & Andrián di Monti; His interpretations have appeared in participating movies at the Cannes Film Festival and the Berklee College of Music.  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. In the fall, he will be appearing on a locally televised interview as a Teaching Artist with Dracut Television.

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, Mélisse Brunet, Octavio Más-Arocas, Yaniv Segal and Carlos Riazuelo. 

A sought-after teacher, he has served on the faculties of Miami’s ViolaFest of New World School of the Arts, Miami Dade College Honors Music Festival and ArtsAhimsa Music Festival in Lenox, MA. Most recently, Mr. Roderick-Lorenz joined the faculties of the Wayland School of Music, Dana Hall, Community Music Center of Boston and NoteWorthy Experiences. Whilst his 3 year residence in Syracuse, he was the Viola Teaching Assistant to renowned violinist/violist Laura Bossert at the Setnor School of Music. He also served as the Musical Director at La Casita Cultural Center of Syracuse University, where he received the certificate of  Teaching Excellence. Some of his students have been accepted into highly prestigious programmes such as: Philadelphia International Music Festival, All State, National Youth Orchestra of the USA, 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, Gulliver Schools, Dana Hall, Ransom Everglades 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, University of Miami, 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, Nils Moenkemeyer, Roger Myers, Jonathan Brown, Choong-Jin Chang, Pierre Henri-Xuereb, Laurent Korcia, Steven Ansell, Born Lau, Su Zhen, Kerri Ryan and Diemut Poppen. He has worked on chamber music with Terry King, Lawrence Wheeler, Peter Zazofsky, Kimberly Fisher, Robert Davidovici and the Armernet Quartet.

Classical collaborations in concert include artists such as Stephen Hough, Lola Astanova, Christopher O’Riley, Alessio Bax, Elisha Abas, Ohad Bar-David, Richard Fleischman, Martín Palmeri, Michael Klotz, Laura Bossert, Rita Porfiris, Laura Goldberg, the Hausmann and Ivoke 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 three grants:  Community Arts Grant from Central New York Council on the Arts (2019), Collaborative Arts Grant from the College of Visual and Performing Arts “VPA”, Syracuse University (2017) and Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement Grant “The Source” (2019).

His principal 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. 

Mr. Roderick-Lorenz holds an Associates Degree in English Literature from Miami Dade College and a Dual Bachelors Degree in Viola Performance (Performance Honours Distinction) and Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from Syracuse University (Magna Cum Laude). 

Due to the unprecedented times we are going through, Mr. Roderick-Lorenz is currently accepting students to join his online private studio and those interested in private instruction for the summer. For inquiries, feel free to send an email at any time.

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