Rodrigo Landa-Romero is a 15-year-old Mexican pianist and composer born 2006 who has won eight prestigious international music awards, including First Prize at the “International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso Paris 2020” and First Prize at the “International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso London 2020”, with contestants from more than 70 countries. Rodrigo’s saying is: “To compose music to elevate the spirit”.
Rodrigo has been internationally praised by worldwide celebrities like the orchestra director Elim Chan and the guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas (considered by many to be the best classical guitarist in the world) who emphasized “That it is inspiring that Rodrigo composes such beautiful music at such a tender age”.
Likewise, the Music Committee of the "3rd Berliner International Music Competition 2019" recalled that Rodrigo has "an extraordinary talent with great musicality and technique who is destined to play an important role in classical music".
Rodrigo has composed more than sixty works, including a Symphony, a Piano Concerto, and a Symphonic Poem, with an outstanding productivity given that he is composing many more works, each with his own unique touch. He began playing the piano at the tender age of six.
Rodrigo has played his own compositions at the prestigious concert hall at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2019, where he has again been invited to perform in October 2021. Rodrigo has now published seven albums and a singly in Spotify and other digital platforms and is next to release new creations. His initiative is such that for two consecutive years he has launched his own composition competition named “Rodrigo Landa-Romero International Composition Competition” with participants from all continents of the globe.
In addition to the awards just mentioned, to date Rodrigo has won the following: Honorable Mention at the "American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition 2020" at Carnegie Hall; Honorable Mention at the “International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso Vienna 2019"; Young Talent Award at the "Vienna New Year's Concert International Music Competition 2019"; Third Prize at the "American Protégé International Music Talent Competition Fall 2019" at Carnegie Hall; and Finalist at the International Anton Rubinstein Competition - Piano Junior 2020, Internationale Musikakademie, Dusseldorf, Germany.
Rodrigo’s technique comes from Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Czerny, Franz Liszt, Martin Krause, Claudio Arrau, among others. His piano teachers are Rosa María Torner (Mexican Music Conservatory), Raúl de la Mora and Margarita de la Mora (both from the Mexican Music Conservatory, Juilliard New York School of Music, and Claudio Arrau’s New York School). Likewise, Rodrigo studies violin with Damiana Orué (Royal School of Music).
Rodrigo is also undertaking music studies at the Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences Classical Works Program with prestigious professor Thomas Forrest Kelly.
Rodrigo is one of the youngest and most prolific composers in the world. Currently, Rodrigo is in the making of a musical for Broadway, one of his greatest dreams. Composing soundtracks for movies, short films, documentaries, among others, is also one of his most desired goals. In fact, Rodrigo has already composed the soundtrack for a 50-minute wildlife documentary called “The Mountains". Likewise, Rodrigo is composing six variations on a theme by John Williams (composer of the music for Star Wars).
Rodrigo is member of the Friends Program of the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra (OFUNAM) and of the New York Philharmonic (NYPhil).
Besides music, Rodrigo loves nature (specially birds and trees) and enjoys swimming, biking, playing chess and other board games, doing Tae Kwon Do and taking inspirational strolls through the park.