Rodrigo - profile

Rodrigo Moro Martín

double bass

Interview
When and where was your first concert with the MCO?

It was in March 2017 in Brussels. It was a very short project but very special for me as it was a dream come true to play with MCO.

If you could play another instrument what would it be?

Voice or cello.

The first piece of music you fell in love with:

Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms.
This was the first big piece I played with the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra, which is the first ever orchestra I played with and the institution that gave me the encouragement and inspiration to become a musician. A very special moment for me indeed.

What would you do if you weren't a musician?

I would have liked to study biology and philosophy.

The most inspiring composer:

For me Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler... couldn't choose only one from these.

Biography

Born in Salamanca in 1990, Rodrigo Moro Martín was introduced to music very early by his parents, especially his father, Victor Moro, viola professor and pedagogue in Spain. After trying and listening to many instruments, he began his studies of double bass at the age of eight at the Antonio Machado School with Professor Javier Gil Ajero.

In 2006, Rodrigo was accepted to the Yehudi Menuhin School in England to study with Professor Caroline Emery, where he became the first international double bass student in the history of this prestigious school.

In 2010, he was given a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he continued his studies with Professor Caroline Emery. Rodrigo graduated in 2014 with first class honours and the Tagore Gold Medal Award, presented to him by HRH Prince Charles.

In 2016, Rodrigo finished his Master’s studies at the Lucerne School of Music with Professor Božo Paradžik.

Rodrigo's concerto debut was at the age of 16, with the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra. Since then, Rodrigo has performed concertos with different orchestras such as Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra, Opera Studio Orchestra of Lviv Music Academy amongst others.

In 2009, Rodrigo was the first double bassist to win the Royal College of Music Junior Department Peter Morrison Concerto Competition, where he performed Nine Variants on Paganini. In 2010, he was the winner of the ''Young Students Category'' in the international competition held at the double bass convention Berlin10. Other prizes include 2nd Prize at the under 18’s international competition held at the bass convention in Paris in 2008, 2nd Prize at the Spanish national competition “Juventudes Musicales de España” in 2012 and 3rd Prize at the Golden Bass international Competition held in Lviv, Ukraine, in 2013. Rodrigo was also a semifinalist at the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition and was selected for the 2016 edition of the ARD Music Competition.

Rodrigo's first orchestral experience was at the age of 12 in the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra, which helped him develop his love for music and orchestral playing. Since then, he has played in many orchestras in Europe including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León amongst others. He was also selected Principal Double Bass in the European Union Youth Orchestra in the summer tour of 2015.

Rodrigo currently works at the Spanish National Orchestra and is also a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.