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
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.