Rodrigo Landa-Romero is a 13 year old Mexican pianist and composer. He began both playing the piano and composing when he was six years old. Between ages 6 to 12, he composed 21 Preludes for piano solo and a Dance. At age 11, he began his first orchestral piece, a Piano Concerto, which he finished at age 12. There followed a Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra (age 12), a Fantasia for Four Hands (age 13), a Symphony (age 13), a Symphonic Poem, Three Cat Scenes (piano version on YouTube), a Lied, a Vienesse Waltz, and a Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello.
His piano teachers are Rosa María Torner (Mexican Music Conservatory) and Margarita de la Mora (Mexican Music Conservatory, Juilliard, and Claudio Arrau’s school). Rodrigo’s technique comes from Scarlatti, Nicola Porpora, Haydn, Beethoven, Czerny, Liszt, Martin Krause, Claudio Arrau, among others. He is also studying violin with violinist Damiana Orué (Buenos Aires Music Conservatory, Argentina).
As a pianist, he has interpreted works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Czerny, Alma Deutscher, among others. He is now studying Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and already plays the first movement.
Rodrigo has participated in several music competitions, including the “Luciano Berio International Composition Competition”; the “2019 Grand Prize Virtuoso Vienna International Music Competition”, where he won an Honorable Mention; the “3rd Berliner International Music Competition”; the "International Music Talent Competition Fall 2019" in Carnegie Hall, where he won Third Prize, among others. The Music Committee of the 3rd Berliner International Music Competition recalled he has "an extraordinary talent with great musicality and technique" who "is destined to play an important role in classical music".
On December 14, 2019, Rodrigo will play one of his compositions at Carnegie Hall.
Besides music, Rodrigo loves nature (specially birds and trees) and enjoys swimming, playing board games, doing Tae Kwon Do and taking inspirational strolls through his garden.