Described by newspaper El Norte (Monterrey, Mexico) as a musician with “a special capability of moving the listener through his interpretations,” Brazilian pianist RONALDO ROLIM is a prominent figure among the newest generation of outstanding musicians. Winner of more than 30 awards in competitions around the globe, his latest accolades include top prizes at the Bösendorfer, San Marino and James Mottram International Piano Competitions.
Ronaldo has performed extensively in his native Brazil, as well as in the United States, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Austria, having played at prestigious venues both sides of the Atlantic, such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Steinway Hall (London), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), Palazzo Chigi Saracini (Siena) and Auditorio San Pedro (Monterrey), among others. He has been a guest soloist of several Brazilian orchestras, including the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra, São Paulo Radio Orchestra, São Paulo University Orchestra and Campinas Symphony Orchestra; in Europe, he performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Republic of San Marino Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Orchestra of Portugal; in the United States he was guest soloist of the Phoenix Symphony, the Pontiac Symphony and the Peabody Symphony Orchestras. Moreover, Ronaldo has been invited to participate in important music festivals, such as the Folle Journée, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and the Ravinia Festival.
A passionate chamber musician, Ronaldo frequently collaborates with diverse singers and instrumentalists, among them luminaries like Marina Piccinini, Michael Kannen and Maria Lambros. Alongside violinist Lydia Chernicoff and cellist Andrea Casarrubios, he founded Trio Appassionata in 2007, since then developing intense activities through the United States and abroad. A project centered on Piano Trios by American Composers will mark the ensemble’s first commercial recording, to be released in 2014 on Odradek Records.
Ronaldo’s music has had a substantial presence in radio broadcasts in Brazil (Radios MEC and Cultura), as well as in the USA (Spokane Public Radio and WBJC Baltimore) and Europe (Radios Rai 3 and France Musique). He has also been featured in several TV programs in his home-country, including Brasil Piano Solo, a series of broadcast recitals dedicated exclusively to Brazilian Music, presented by the TV Cultura Channel of São Paulo. Also, Ronaldo has participated in the documentary Magda Tagliaferro: The World Inside the Piano, in which he performs music by Scriabin.
Born in 1986 in Votorantim, Brazil, Ronaldo Rolim started his musical studies with his mother, Miriam Correa, having given his first public performance at the age of four. In 1998 he transferred to São Paulo, where he was admitted at the Magda Tagliaferro School, having studied with professors Zilda Candida dos Santos and Armando Fava Filho. At the age of eighteen, after winning the Nelson Freire and the Magda Tagliaferro Piano Competitions, he moved to the USA to study with pianist Flavio Varani at Oakland University (Michigan). In the meantime, he was awarded Outstanding Student in Piano Performance by Oakland University and by the Detroit Mu Phi Epsilon Association, having performed several concerts and recitals in the area. In 2007, Ronaldo was admitted at the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Benjamin Pasternack, and after six years of intense activities he pursued the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, besides the prestigious Artist Diploma. Among his most significant accomplishments at Peabody Ronaldo has received the Pauline Favin Memorial Award in Piano, the 1st prize at the Harrison Winter Piano Concerto Competition, the Douglas and Hilda Goodwin Scholarship for Chamber Music and the 2012 Presser Award.