With “a special ability to present touching interpretations” (El Norte), Brazilian pianist RONALDO ROLIM is a prominent figure among the newest generation of outstanding musicians. Acclaimed for his “consummate elegance” (New York Concert Review) and “mastery of phrasing, agogic and dynamics” (Oberbaselbieter Zeitung), he has performed extensively over four continents, in venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Tonhalle (Zurich), Wigmore Hall (London), the Great Hall of the Liszt Academy (Budapest) and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing).
Ronaldo's 2017-2018 season features a celebration of the 150th anniversary of birth of Enrique Granados, with performances of the Spanish composer's complete Goyescas at various venues in the US, Europe and Brazil. In the meantime, guest soloist engagements include performances of Brahms's 1st Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella in Russia, Debussy's Fantaisie with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in Brazil and Beethoven's 5th Concerto on a tour of Germany with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra.
A passionate advocate of chamber music, Ronaldo is the founding member of Trio Appassionata, formed in 2007 alongside violinist Lydia Chernicoff and cellist Andrea Casarrubios. Some of the ensemble’s most recent projects include tours of Brazil and China, besides the release of its debut album, gone into night are all the eyes, on Odradek Records. Featuring piano trios by American composers, the disc “deserves automatic respect” (Gramophone), presenting “music-making as impressive and dangerous as a granite cliff” (International Record Review). Besides his activities with Trio Appassionata, Ronaldo greatly enjoys working with diverse chamber musicians, having performed with the Aizuri and São Paulo String Quartets, plus members of Ensemble Connect, Baltimore Symphony, Brazilian Symphony and Bronx Arts Ensemble.
With a diverse concerto repertoire, Ronaldo has performed with orchestras including the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Concerto Budapest, Phoenix Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, besides many of Brazil’s foremost ensembles. A frequent presence in music festivals, Ronaldo has been featured in solo recitals and chamber music performances at Ravinia, Folle Journée, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Musikdorf Ernen, Académie Musicale de Villecroze and Lake George Music Festival.
Ronaldo’s performances have been featured in radio broadcasts in Brazil (Radios MEC and Cultura), as well as in the USA (Spokane Public Radio and WBJC Baltimore) and Europe (Radios SWR 2, BBC 3, 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. Also, Ronaldo has participated in the documentary Magda Tagliaferro: A World Inside the Piano, in which he performed music by Scriabin.
Born in 1986, 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 was admitted to the Magda Tagliaferro School, in São Paulo, as a student of professors Zilda Candida dos Santos and Armando Fava Filho. After winning the Nelson Freire and the Magda Tagliaferro National Piano Competitions at the age of eighteen, Ronaldo moved to the United States, where he studied with Flavio Varani at Oakland University (Michigan), Benjamin Pasternack at the Peabody Conservatory, and Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, having received awards and distinctions from every institution he attended. In the meantime, he earned various top prizes at international competitions, such as James Mottram, Bösendorfer, San Marino, Lyon, Teresa Carreño, and, most remarkably, the prestigious Concours Géza Anda, in Zurich.
Ronaldo has recently concluded his doctoral thesis on the wartime programmatic works of Karol Szymanowski at Yale University, which will serve as the basis for a recording project to be released in 2018.