Praised for his “warm lyricism and rich passion,” Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel is quickly gaining recognition as a remarkably gifted concert violinist, continuously captivating audiences with a lush, singing tone, and charismatic virtuosity. Mr. Rengel was the Winner of the 2018 Sphinx Competition, the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition (2014), recipient of the Anna Y. Tringas award (2013), and Winner of the Juan Bautista Plaza National Violin Competition of Venezuela (2011).
Concerto engagements this season include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, the Brevard Festival Orchestra, and the Signature Symphony. Mr. Rengel has previously appeared with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, the CIM Orchestra, Virtuosi de Caracas, Filarmonía Caracas, and Arcos Juveniles de Caracas.
Mr. Rengel is an avid chamber musician, appearing in collaborations with Joseph Silverstein, Joel Krosnick, Pamela Frank, Timothy Eddy, and Gilbert Kalish. Mr Rengel is a former member of the Autana Trio, which won the Bronze medal at the 2015 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Some of his chamber music coaches include Sharon Robinson, Merry Peckham, Joel Smirnoff, Norman Fischer, James Dunham, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Salaff, Itzhak Perlman, and Joseph Silverstein. He has participated in masterclasses with the Brentano Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, Sylvia Rosenberg, Leon Fleisher, Peter Wiley, and the Miró Quartet.
Mr. Rengel has attended music festivals such as the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
In addition to classical music, Mr. Rengel has extensive experience performing Venezuelan folk music and Jazz. This has allowed him to develop important abilities in the area of improvisation, and he has recorded and toured with distinguished Venezuelan ensembles. Mr. Rengel began his violin studies at the age of three at the National System of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela (El Sistema) until the age of six. Mr. Rengel also has a strong interest in the art of conducting.
Community engagement and education are important components in Mr. Rengel’s activities. He has participated in programs with Los Angeles Street Symphony, Da Camera Houston’s Young Artist Program, the Cleveland School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Shepherd School of Music.
Mr. Rengel is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, under the remarkable guidance of Paul Kantor. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of world-renowned violinist Jaime Laredo. Mr. Rengel’s previous education was centered at the Emil Friedman Conservatory and School in Caracas, where he studied with Maestro Iván Pérez Núñez.
Mr. Rengel plays on a 1908 Stefano Scarampella violin, and a Tino Lucke bow on loan from a private collection.