Rugeles, Alfredo (1949--) By Ojeda Tovar, Roberto Elias
The Venezuelan maestro Alfredo Rugeles was born in Washington, D.C., on 13 December 1949, while his parents were on diplomatic service. Composer, conductor, lecturer, and pedagogue, his thirty years at the podium give testament to Rugeles’ brilliant and varied career as an orchestra conductor. Artistic Director of the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra since 1991, Rugeles is frequently invited to conduct renowned ensembles throughout the world, including Europe and North, Central and South America.
Rugeles is recognized as an opera and concert conductor of refined taste, accompanying world-class soloists such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Montserrat Caballé, Alexis Cárdenas, Chick Corea, Alirio Díaz, Monique Duphil, Jane Eaglen, Natalia Gutman, Maurice Hasson, Frans Helmerson, François Le Roux, Aquiles Machado, Wynton Marsalis, Shlomo Mintz, Gabriela Montero, Jorge Luis Prats, Ruggiero Ricci, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Edison Ruiz, and Renata Scotto, among many others.