Ricardo Rodríguez Miranda

Ricardo Rodríguez Miranda
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Ricardo Rodríguez Miranda was born in 1973 in Caracas (Venezuela) where he studied piano and violoncello. At very young age he discovered his passion for early music and historical instruments, like the viola da gamba and the harpsichord.

In 1989, he recorded “Les Concerts Royaux” (F. Couperin) the first early music CD recording produced and made in Venezuela with the ensemble Musica Rhetorica. In the same year he started to work with La Camerata de Caracas and Isabel Palacios. He played in many concerts and recordings. Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda lead two ensembles, Terpsichore and Acantus and performed concerts in Caracas.

After the European tournée in 1992 with Camerata de Caracas, Ricardo began his studies of viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. For this study he was awarded a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in Venezuela (CONAC).  During this period he participated in projects with Ton Koopman, William Christie and Nederlands Dans Theater. Ricardo Rodríguez Miranda took Master classes with Jordi Savall in Spain. In 1998  he received the Teachers and Performers Diploma and began to study Musicology for 4 years at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda plays regularly with Cantus Cölln (Dir. Konrad Junghänel), L’Armonia Sonora (Dir. Mieneke van der Velden) and Vox Luminis (Dir. Lionel Menier). In March of 2008 he played the gamba in the St. Matthew’s Passion with the Nederlands Kamerorkest conducted by Sir Colin Davies in Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. During Easter he works as a soloist in St. Matthew’s and St. John’s Passion with Het Residentie Orkest (Dir. Jan Willem De Vriend, Jos Vermunt, Arnold Östman), Het Dudok Ensemble (Dir. Erik van Nevel, Johan Rooze) Haags Barok Gezelschap (Dir. Jaap Hillen).

Ricardo Rodríguez Miranda participated in several CD recordings with the above- mentioned ensembles,  many of which have been awarded with Diapason D’or, Le monde de la Musique, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, BBC Music Choice, and Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik.

Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda’s repertoire extends from the Middle Ages, the Great Masters of the Baroque Era, compositions of Calliope Tsoupaki to Venezuelan Folk on the gamba.  He teaches viola da gamba, piano and cello privately.