Mateusz Rojek, Violin
Poland | United States
Violinist Carlos Rubio began his musical career as a member of Venezuela's famous Youth Orchestra System ("El Sistema"). As a member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, he toured France, Japan, USA, Mexico, Spain and participated in seven CD recordings under the Dorian Records label.
Mr. Rubio has taught master classes and performed at the University of North Texas, Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, University of Texas Brownsville, Denison University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Louisville Chamber Music Program, Festival de Música Latinoamericana in Colombia, Festival y Academia del Nuevo Mundo in Venezuela, the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Venezuela, the SoundFest Chamber Music Festival, and is a member of the coaching staff for Princeton Chamber Music Play Week and the Dalí String Quartet Summer Camp. In 2012, Mr. Rubio was a judge for the Second Annual Festival y Academia del Nuevo Mundo Violin Competition.
Mr. Rubio was awarded grand prize in the Spanish and Latin American Music Competition at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and was distinguished as the Ohio Latino Arts Association's Performing Artist of the Year. Mr. Rubio has soloed with the Middletown Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic, and the Oxford Chamber Orchestra.
His chamber music partners have included the Colorado, Penderecki, DaPonte and Amernet string quartets, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, pianists Alessio Bax and Pamela Mia Paul, and cellist Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet. Additionally, he has collaborated with such composers as Joan Tower, Joel Puckett, Edward Thomas, Susan Botti, Ricardo Lorenz, Efrain Amaya and Manena Contreras. He has also premièred works by composers Roland Vasquez, John Ferrito, Diogenes Rivas, Diana Arismendi and Arcangel Castillo-Olivari.
Carlos is a founding member of the Dalí String Quartet and is the Principal Second Violinist of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. He also performs with the Philly Pops, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the IRIS Orchestra.
Carlos lives near Philadelphia with his wife Julia and sons Javier and Miguel.