Biography

BIOGRAPHY OF RAOUL SOSA, C.M

 

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

Born in Argentina to a father with slavic roots and a mother of spanish descent, Raoul Sosa’s talent began to manifest itself early when he revealed rare musical abilities at the age of five . A child-prodigy , he was already at fifteen very well known and many national and international singers and instrumentalists asked him as a partner for concerts given in important Societies in Buenos Aires. A skilled chamber player,he has appeared with such top artists as Pina Carmirelli and Max Rostal.

He has acquired a large repertoire which embraces classical,romantic and contemporary music.His programs for contenporary Music Societies include composers like Stockhausen,Messiaen,Xénakis,Louvier,Brenet,Tisné,Schoenberg,Bério,Berg,Luigi Nono.

He studied piano with the renowned Magda Tagliaferro in Paris and Salzburg , Stanislas Neuhaus in Italy and conducting with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich with the participation of the Philharmonic Orchestra.

He was a prize winner in many National and International Competitions and from the beginning of his professional career, he has earned a great reputation and has been recognized as a first-class musician. Raoul Sosa has appeared in numerous recitals, chamber music events and as soloist with orchestras in leading musical centres in Europe, the Americas and Asia and frequently as a guest artist on radio and television.

A highly respected pedagogue and Professor Emeritus at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal 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.

He began writing music early in his adolescence and he is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre and he is hailed as a persuasive and convincing composer. His output includes presently about 60 works for piano,voice,concertos and a variety of instrumental groups. He is a member ot the  Conseil québécois de la Musique and he was also on the board of the Arts Council of Montreal for many years .

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.

He has been numerous times invited in China ( Pekin, Canton, Zhengzhou, Shenzen ), Japan and Korea, for extensive tours as both conductor and pianist and to give piano and chamber music classes. His milestone achievement is acclaimed everywhere and he is recognized as « a fine interpreter » , as « a leader and a masterly conductor ». Raoul Sosa’s concerts  have been accorded rave reviews and he has gained recognition as an outstanding musician and « a great artist ».

Raoul Sosa was honoured as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009 for his contribution to the advancement of music in the country as a pianist, composer, conductor and pedagogue.

The Governor General of Canada also awarded him the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his dedicated service to Canada.

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                                     RAOUL SOSA      PIANIST - COMPOSER - CONDUCTOR

  «  SOSA HAS ALWAYS IMPRESSED ME, NOT ONLY WITH HIS EXTREMELY STRONG TECHNICAL KNOW HOW, HIS VAST REPERTOIRE WHICH GOES FROM BACH TO STOCKHAUSEN AND THE MUSICAL RICHNESS THAT HE POSSESSES, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY BY HIS INTENSE  SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND HIS GREAT HUMILITY FOR MUSIC. SOSA IS PURE ».   JOURNAL LA PRESSE - C. GINGRAS                                                                                                         

Every time he performs on stage, he is enthusiastically cheered by his fans and is exalted for his brilliance everywhere he goes, praised for the magnificent dimension of his musical sound, including the absolutely complete expression which is conveyed in all of his performances.

He has received many national and international awards from Competitions : some among them : Argentina (Hebraic Society, JeunessesMusicales ) , France ( Tagliaferro ,Public and Brazil Prizes,  Olivier Messiaen ), Belgium  ( Biermans Foundation ), Spain (Barcelona-Maria Canals, Santiago de Compostela ), Canada (Montreal ).

 His excellence has allowed him to showcase his talent in the renowned European,American and Asian artistic centers: Paris ( Salle Gaveau , Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Palais de Chaillot, Salle Pleyel ), London ( Wigmore Hall ),Madrid (Hispanic Institute), Brussels ( Conservatoire Royal ), Buenos Aires ( Mozarteum, Teatro Colon ), Washington ( Kennedy Arts Centre and Organization of the American States ), Montreal, Quebec , Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing,Shanghai and many other cities.

 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 in Canada and China. His orchestra performances are highly successful and left a deep impression on musicians and audiences.

The distinguished canadian pianist is also a brilliant interpreter of works of piano literature written for the left hand alone. He has developped an amazing one-hand virtuosity, performing with extraordinary technical command. In Japan,critics described him as the pianist with the «golden left hand ».His recordings of music for the left hand are remarkable for his prodigious and the warmth and beauty of tone. His phenomenal mastery has inspired all of his peers and left everyone in awe of this majestic talent.

 Due to his rapid, exceptional and retentive memory, he has acquired a large repertoire which embraces classical, romantic and contemporary music. 

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.

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