ABOUT THE ARTISTS - Chamber Music at Steinway Miami FL AUG 30TH
Selected by MUSICAL AMERICA as a YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR 1990, Francisca Mendoza, violinist extraordinaire, is in high demand as a performer around the world. From Europe and the United States to Latin America , Israel and the Far East she has performed as a soloist to standing ovations and rave reviews. The Washington Post has hailed her as a “musician of uncommon individuality and power” stating “…Mendoza played magnificently…triumph of light textures…fiery…” while others have praised :“Spectacular aplomb, allure of a great concert artist... outstanding virtuosity”(El Mercurio, Chile), “Captivating musical expression... fiery and spectacular performance” (Avui, Barcelona) and Haaretz Israel noted : “Brilliant performance... accurate to the last detail” .
Born into a prestigious musical family in Chile she began her violin studies at the age of four at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Santiago and at the tender age of eight performed her first concert. When she was fourteen she performed as a soloist with the Youth Orchestra at the Conservatory. Awarded many scholarships and prizes and winning numerous competitions she received a Diploma in Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music and later a Masters Degree in Performance and Literature from The Eastman School of Music. Following her studies, she performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of The West, Sarasota Music Festival and L’Académie Internationale d’été in Nice, France. Among her many prestigious teachers Ms. Mendoza has studied with Donald Weilerstein, Aaron Rosand, Dorothy DeLay, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Angel Reyes, Paul Statsky and David Cerone.
As a soloist in New York City, Ms. Mendoza has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Steinway Hall, and has been a guest artist with Robert Sherman at WQXR. In 2015 she was invited by the Museo Del Violino Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy to be a judge in their International Violin Making Competition and she performed a Gala Concert at the prestigious Teatro Ponchielli. In 2015 and 2016 she toured Italy and Poland to great acclaim at the Krakow Opera House, The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and Sala Baldini in Rome. In 2017 she had a solo appearance with the Orquesta Sinfonica Del Estado De Mexico and as a Guest Artist for the Piano Hour Festival, in Osimo, Italy. She also returned to Cremona by invitation of Museo de Violino for two special concerts at Teatro Arvedi to perform on a beautiful Stradivarius violin from their collection.
In addition to performing, Ms. Mendoza is also an active and dedicated teacher, she has been invited to give Master Classes at places such as Mount Royal University in Calgary and she has been a Guest artist at Opusfest Festival, Philippines, affiliated with “Systema for the Philippino Youth”, where she gave Master Classes, taught at the Festival and also appeared as a soloist with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. Her commercially released CD recording of Debussy and Prokofieff sonatas has been praised as “superb and enchanting...”. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television in The United States, South America, Spain Poland and Mexico. Ms. Mendoza currently resides in Sarasota, Florida, where she holds a private Violin Studio and is principal member of Naples Virtuosi. She will be partnering with Manhattan Lyric Opera in their upcoming USA and international tours.
Ms. Mendoza-Silva has been hailed as one of the finest Cellists and has performed extensively all over the world as a chamber and orchestral musician. “Ms. Mendoza-Silva’s playing has a force and beauty of tone and fine musicianship and musical consciousness.” (Allen Sapp, Composer).
She is currently assistant principal cellist with Opera Tampa and the IBEX Production and Bella Música concerts of the world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli and is principal member of Naples Virtuosi.
Born into a prestigious Chilean musical family, Rocio Mendoza-Silva began her cello studies at Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Santiago, Chile at the age of nine. Soon after, she began touring the country as a principal cellist of the Youth Orchestra at the Conservatory and performed with their chamber music concert series to great critical acclaim.
Ms. Mendoza-Silva graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance on a full scholarship from the University of Cincinnati in the College Conservatory of Music. She studied with Lee Fiser, member of the LaSalle quarter.In addition, she was awarded a two-time scholarship to perform with the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with Yehuda Hanani. After graduating, she toured the United States and Europe, performing Broadway shows including Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady. While touring she performed with luminary artists Sarah Brightman and Maximillian Shell. Ms. Mendoza-Silva performed a world premiere of “Inscriptions and Commentaries” by the noted composer Allen Sapp.
A contracted performer with the Naples Philharmonic for 12 years, she appeared in two nationally televised PBS specials with celebrated conductor Erich Kunzel. Following that she performed on Broadway in New York City with The Lion King and West Side Story.
Ms. Mendoza-Silva specializes and enjoys playing a wide range of music from Classical to Broadway to Pop and will be joining Manhattan Lyric Opera in their future tour productions.
Elaine Rinaldi, Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra Miami, is a Miami native who has chosen to return home and reinvest in her community. Under her artistic supervision and direction, Orchestra Miami has performed high quality classical music concerts to literally thousands of people through its annual Free Outdoor Concerts and introduced over 23,000 school children to classical music through its collaboration with the MDCPS Cultural Passport Program and In-School Performances. Critics have called her work “absolutely exceptional” (El Nuevo Herald). Of her work, Lawrence Budmen of the Miami Herald wrote “Rinaldi clearly has a penchant for offering interesting thematic programming and promising soloists” and Daniel Fernandez of El Nuevo Herald wrote, “Rinaldi is a conductor who marries her professionalism with an exquisite sensitivity”.
In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi is much in demand as an opera conductor. Her recent engagements have included debuts at Opera Orlando for Don Giovanni, Mezzano Romantico Summer Festival (Fiera di Primiero, Italy) for Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi and at the Tri-Cities Opera for Don Giovanni. She was the Principal Guest Conductor at the Dicapo Opera Theatre from 2001-2006 and has led several tours for the National Lyric Opera, twice appeared as a guest conductor with the Albany Symphony for the Shaker Mountain Performing Arts Festival, and conducted performances of La Traviata for Island Opera Theater in Key West. Rinaldi has held many positions as an Assistant and/or Cover Conductor in many of this country’s leading regional opera theaters. From 1997-2000, she held the positions of Resident Associate Conductor and Chorus Master at the Florida Grand Opera in Miami. Critics called her work with the chorus “exquisite”, and Tim Smith of the Ft, Lauderdale Sun Sentinel said “the chorus, under Elaine Rinaldi’s direction, gets better and better.”(La Boheme).
Her awards have include the Agnis Varis/Intercities Performing Arts grant, the League of American Orchestra’s mentorship with Joann Faletta, Finalist for the American Prize for Orchestral Conducting and Orchestra Performance, the Newton Swift Prize for Accompanying at the Mannes College of Music and the M. B. Byrd full tuition scholarship at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
As a student and young professional, Rinaldi had the privilege of working with many of the world’s most important opera singers, accompanying extensively in their master classes and lessons. Several of the artists with whom she worked closely are Renato Capecchi, Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann, Sherrill Milnes, Mignon Dunn, Renata Scotto, Juan Pons, Judith Blegen and Dodi Protero, as well as Franco Corelli, Sena Jurinacs, Theo Adam, Maestro Horst Stein, Dolores Ziegler and James King. This important work has contributed to her versatility and her status as one of the most sought after vocal coaches in opera today. As an educator, Rinaldi has taught at many opera training programs, and given master classes at several universities throughout the United States. At Intermezzo Summer Opera Training Program, she conducted performances of Die Zauberflöte and Suor Angelica, and led performances of Handel’s Orlando for BAYSOTI in San Francisco. Other coaching positions included running the Young
Arts program and Summer Institute at Dicapo Opera, staff coach at the Martina Arroyo “Prelude to Performance” and Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami from 2007-2015. In the summer of 2017, she held the position of Senior Vocal Coach at Opera in the Ozarks, and recently completed a one-week engagement as visiting professor at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music.
In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Ms. Rinaldi maintains an active presence on the stage as a chamber musician and recital accompanist, working with some of the most recognizable names in opera. Notable recital engagements have included performances with Metropolitan Opera stars Russell Thomas, Eglise Gutierrez, Elizabeth Caballero and Yunah Lee, whom she accompanied in a recital tour of Japan.