Winner of the 2012-2013 Golden Violin Award
Baptiste Rodrigues was born in Nîmes (France) in 1987. He began studying the violin and piano at the ages of 4 years and 6 years respectively. He continued his music education at the Conservatoires of Nîmes and Avignon where he obtained his Diplomas in Music Studies (DEM) in 2002 and 2003. Concurrently with his studies in southern France, he was accepted into the National Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt and in 2004 graduated with high distinction in violin, chamber music and musicianship. As well, in 2006 he received a diploma in advanced studies from this institution. In 2005 he won the competition “Concours de l’Union française des artistes musiciens” and also obtained a bachelor’s degree. In 2007 he entered the Performer Diploma program at the Jacobs School of Music – Indiana University (USA) in the class of Professor Mauricio Fuks. Mr. Rodrigues is currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Professional Performance program at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and studies with Professor Denise Lupien. He is the recipient of the Lloyd Carr Harris (2011) and Schulich (2012) Scholarships of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. In 2011 he also won the prize “Initiatives jeunes” of the Banque populaire du sud (France). This past summer (2012) he participated in the Great Mountains Festival in South Korea. In 2010 and 2011 he taught piano and musicianship at the Conservatories of Nîmes and Arles and now is on staff at the McGill Conservatory and the Schulich School of Music of McGill Universtiy. Baptiste Rodrigues is a multi-faceted artist, who performs with ease and great facility on his two instruments as well as in voice with a varied repertoire ranging from baroque to world music. He is a violin “sub” with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and most recently was offered a position with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchesterakademie – Berlin.