Maria Gabriela Rodriguez Tovar
Principal Flute, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra | Venezuela National Flute Orchetra
Soloist Flute at Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela and conductor of the Venezuelan National Flute Orchestra (ONF).
She has won a Latin Grammy for her performance in the “Venezuelan musical treasures” collection of Venezuelan songwriter Ilan Chester (2010).
She was a Third Prize winner at the “Aldemaro Romero Festival” held in Caracas in 2004. As a soloist, she has developed an intense career that has led her to play with several orchestras of Caracas and other cities the country, as well as numerous chamber music recitals in Caracas’ most important venues, in which stands out the work done with “Virtuosi de Caracas” chamber orchestra.
With the Venezuelan National Flute Orchestra, she has attended four international conventions (Chicago-1997, Atlanta-1999, New York-2009 and Paris-2012) upraising the Venezuelan flute school along with Venezuelan music specially composed for this group.
In 1997 she was invited to the “VII Festival de la Mitad del Mundo” in Quito, Ecuador. That same year she was granted the “Patty y Gustavo Cisneros” scholarship of Fundación Mozarteum de Venezuela that allowed her to attend the “Aspen Music School” in Aspen, Colorado (USA) during that summer. In January 2013 she was invited to teach at Campamento Musical Bariloche, in Patagonia- Argentina, where she also conducted the flute ensemble with great success.
María Gabriela Rodríguez started her flute studies with professor Engels Gómez and later with professor Víctor Rojas at Conservatorio Superior de Música “Simón Bolívar” and Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales (IUDEM) where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She was principal flute of the “Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas” and “Orquesta Sinfónica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho”.
María Gabriela Rodríguez is now a professor at the prestigious Escuela de Música Mozarteum de Caracas, in addition to the Academia Latinoamericana de Flauta, that belongs to the Sistema de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles de Venezuela (better known as “El Sistema”), and has taught masterclasses in three editions of the Festival Internacional de Arpa y Flauta “Loma Brisa” with Venezuelan harpist Marisela González