BIOGRAPHY

The artistic talent of Raoul Sosa allows him to combine the roles of conductor, pianist and composer. His stunning musicality and virtuoso performances have been so impressive that critics have described him as one of the most important musiciens of his time.

Raoul Sosa's talent began to manifest itself early when he revealed rare musical abilities at the age of five. From the time he began writing music early in his adolescence, he was hailed as a persuasive and convincing composer. His output includes works for piano, orchestra and a variety of instrumental groups. He has been a prize winner in numerous international competitions.

Sosa studied with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich and the renowned pianists Magda Tagliaferro in Paris and Salzburg and Stanislas Neuhaus in Italy. From the beginning of his professional career, he has earned a great reputation and has been recognized as a first-class musician.
He has appeared, frequently as a guest artist on radio and television.

In 1978, he was awarded the prize of the Canadian Music Council for the best recital recorded by a Canadian artist. The same year, his all-Schubert recording earned him enthusiastic praise from critics for his musicianship and his incredible control of the keyboard.

As a conductor, Sosa has been the musical and artistic director of the St. Leonard Symphony Orchestra in Montreal and guest conductor of other orchestras. He has been recognized as a fine interpreter, as a leader and a masterly conductor.

A skilled chamber player, he has appeared with such top artists as Pina Carmirelli and Max Rostal. Due to his rapid, exceptional and retentive memory, he has acquired a large repertoire which embraces classical, romantic and contemporary music.

Raoul Sosa's concerts have been accorded rave reviews and he has gained recognition as an outstanding musician and a great artist. He has appeared in numerous recitals and as soloist with orchestras in leading musical centers in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Since 1990, he has been regulary invited to China, Japan and Korea, for extensive tours as both conductor and pianist and to give piano and chamber music classes. In Japan, critics describes him as the pianist with "the golden left hand."

Raoul Sosa handles the technical challenges of works with awesome ease and complete authority revealing himself to be a sensitive artist of the first rank. His mastery allows him to communicate the essence of the music with a tremendous emotional charge and his exceptional fluency results in prodigious performances of devilishly difficult compositions.

A highly respected pedagogue and Professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in piano and chamber music, Raoul Sosa is in demand as a jury member in competitions and festivals, and as a clinician in technique and interpretation in master classes.

 

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