Schooled in classical guitar, rumba flamenco, bossa nova and pop music, Rodolfo has taken elements of each style and fused them into his own unique sound.
Born in Santiago, Chile, Rodolfo moved with his family to Barcelona, Spain where, at the age of 10, he began to teach himself classical guitar. Four years later, he immigrated to the United States but was forced to leave everything behind, including his guitar. Determined to succeed, he practiced his fingerings for over a year on a book with a fretboard painted on its cover until Rodolfo's father was able to purchase a new guitar for him.
Playing music was a way for Rodolfo to integrate himself into American society. He quickly showed promise and earned the opportunity to study under legendary classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano Jr. While still in high school, he was selected as lead guitar for the locally renowned Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble, and performed in numerous venues across the United States with the Rock Ensemble, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Rodolfo has performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City and was the featured solo guitarist with several orchestras such as The Regina Symphony Orchestra in Canada and The Lima Philharmonic in Ohio. He has toured with Alex Fox and shared the stage with Kenny G and Kenny Rodgers. He performed for Jennifer Anniston at her birthday party and played for former Attorney General, Janet Reno. He was featured in the music videos of No Mercy and Cristian Castro.
Rodolfo received the highest ratings for five consecutive years at the Guitar Association of Florida and at the University of Miami guitar evaluations. He has received numerous prizes and awards in competitions around the country, including first prize at the 1996 Atlanta Music Festival, first prize at the 1997 New York Big Apple Classical Festival and first prize at the 1998 Orlando Music Festival.
In addition to live performances, Rodolfo is an accomplished composer and producer. He composed the main theme for the soundtrack of the independent film, "The Last Semester." He also wrote the music used in the Gyrotonic exercise classes and courses. He is currently producing up and coming local Miami jazz artist Jahzel's first album, "Leftovers".
Rodolfo has a BS in Audio Production from AI Miami International University.
CERTIFICATION, AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Deans and President’s List, 2012 / 2013 / 2014
Certified GYROTONIC® Expansion System Trainer
1st place jazz trio at the Miami Beach Jazz Fest student competition, 2013
1st prize in classical guitar at the Atlanta Music Festival, 1996
1st prize in classical guitar at the New York Big Apple Classical Festival, 1996
1st prize in classical guitar at the Orlando Music Festival in Florida, 1997