Roberto Hidalgo

March 31st

an afternoon of American & mexican piano compositions

Mexican-born pianist Roberto Hidalgo has spent more than half his life performing and teaching in New York City.  His repertoire covers a vast array of works that explore boundaries and creatively challenges audiences to stretch their imaginations. He often performs in Mexico where he has played in the most prestigious venues, including Palacio de las Bellas Artes and Sala Nezahualcoyotl, giving the Mexican premiers of works by Emmanuel Nunes, George Crumb and Sebastian Currier, among others. Touring under the auspices of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations, Hidalgo has performed at the Scriabin Museum, Moscow; the Collégiale Saint-Julien, Tournon, France; Komitas Hall, Yerevan, Armenia; and Philharmonia Hall, Minsk, Belarus. As a concerto soloist, he has been invited by the Orquesta de Minería, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa and Orquesta de Baja California, and has worked with conductors Carlos Miguel Prieto, Fernando Lozano and Grzegorz Nowak. His concerts at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, in New York City, have been enthusiastically received by the press and public. In addition, he keeps an ongoing partnership with Marc Peloquin with whom he has formed the Split Second Piano Ensemble presenting a wide array of works in venues such as KeyedUp Music Project in New York and Festival Hill at Round-Top, Texas.  Upcoming performances include a voice/piano recital in at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. with soprano Daniela D’Ingiullo of music by 20/21st century Italian and Mexican composers, including a premiere by Juan Trigos.  Also, in the summer, he is scheduled to perform a recital by living Mexican composers at the Contemporary Center of Art in Santa Fe, NM.

“Robert Hidalgo is an internationally renowned musician, and I’m thrilled that he has accepted the invitation to perform for our Hangar audiences.  His muscular and graceful interpretations of classical music will thrill the music-lovers in Ithaca, and I’m especially thrilled that he is including in his French and Russian classical repertoire a piece by Eastman Composer Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, who like Roberto, is from Mexico.  This promises to be a gem of an evening, and continues in the Hangar’s tradition of bringing world-class performers to the Finger Lakes Community.”

– Michael Barakiva, Hangar Artistic Director