Work History

Work History
Aug 2008 - Present

Owner

Rodel Flores Violin Studio

For me, private violin instruction is like planting seeds as I seek to cultivate the talant and brilliance of my students slowly and with care. I currently instruct 13 students on a weekly basis, we perform two times a year.

Jul 2000 - Jul 2008

Owner

Music and Measures Violin Studio

I started my own violin studio at the request of parents and teachers who personally witnessed how their children or students discovered their musical potential under my direction. I have successfully guided beginner to advanced violinists from 4 to 64! My studio has also organized regular recitals, outreach programs, and corporate events. Several of my students have been interviewed in local newspapers, and they have shared how learning the violin has made a positive impact in their lives.

1992 - 2001

Trainer, Concertmaster

Peace Philharmonic Orchestra Philippines

    I trained the concertmaster and principal and tutti string players of these orchestras. Under my training, the Philippine-based orchestras have performed beyond the expectations of its guest conductors such as William Conway of Scotland, Adrian Brown of England, Ruggiero Barbieri of Italy, Jun Fujimoto of Japan, and Eugene Castillo of the USA.

1992 - 1993

Trainer, Concertmaster

Penang Youth Symphony Orchestra

    I was invited twice to train the Penang Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Violin Studio Recitals

Performance History

As Conductor

  • Peace Philharmonic Orchestra Philippines, October 2000 - February 2001: Conducted four major concerts, including Symphonies by Mozart and Borodin, piano concerto by Tchaikovsky, and violin concerto by Mendelssohn
  • Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra, October 1995 - October 2000: Conducted three major concerts per season, and was hailed by the national newspaper for the phenomenal development of the new youth orchestra
  • Long Island Youth Orchestra, July 2000: I was invited to conduct the New York based orchestra when they visited the Philippines

As Concertmaster

  • Manila Symphony Orchestra, 1979 - 1984: Memorable performances included performing the violin solos from Brahms' Symphony No. 1, Sheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol, and Pines of Rome under the baton of both Filipino and foreign conductors.
  • Philippine Youth Orchestra, 1979-1982: I was concertmaster of the orchestra's concert tours around the Philippines and Southeast Asia. I was also concertmaster of the joint concert of the orchestra with the Tokushima Bunri Orchestra of Japan.

As Soloist

  • Manila Symphony Orchestra, 1983 - 1995: Soloist for Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
  • Manila Chamber Orchestra, 1983 - 1995: Soloist for Mozart's Concerto no. 5 in A Major and Mozart's Concerto No. 4 in D Major
  • Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, 1983 - 1995: Soloist for Vivaldi's Four Seasons "Spring" and Corelli's Christmas Concerto
  • Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra, 1983 - 1995: Soloist for Vivaldi's Four Seasons "Spring"

As Orchestra Member

Walla Walla, Washington, USA, 2007-2008:

  I was invited by Yaacov Bergman, the Music Director and Conductor of the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra, to perform in the first violin section for the orchestra's 101st season. For one of the concerts, I was the guest concertmaster.

Oulunsalo, Finland, 1995:

  • La Tempesta

Vienna, Austria, 1984 - 1992:

  • Tonkuensler Kammerorchester
  • Wiener Symphonisches Orchestra
  • Neideroesterichisches Jugend Philharmonic
  • orchestras of the Volksoper and Theater Baden bei Wien

As A Chamber Musician

    I organized the MSO String Quartet, which performed for visiting dignitaries in Manila. I was presented in Vienna, Japan, and major Philippine cities as a violin soloist accompanied by Filipino and international pianists. I participated in music festivals (performing a varied chamber music repertoire with both strings and winds players) in Vienna, major Philippine cities, and FInland.

Summary

My love of music inspires me everyday in my pursuit to instruct and teach our youth in the performing arts. I have a proven ability to lead, inspire and motivate children to play and perform. As a violin teacher, I've mentored several at-risk youth who are now professional musicians on an international level.

Nothing inspires me more than conducting youth orchestras and uncovering the hidden talents of the next generation of musicians.

Education

Education

Oregon Bach Festival

University of Oregon
  • the first Filipino to attend the conducting program
  • full scholarship based on exemplary audition

Specialization

Academy for Music and Performing Arts
  • recipient of a full scholarship grant, upon the recommendation of Prof. Wolfgang Poduschka who visited Manila and heard me play
  • the first, and so far, only Filipino accepted to their violin program
  • mentors:

                    Rainer Kuechl, Concertmaster

                                                  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

                    Hertha Binder, one of the academy's top teachers

                    Wolfgang Poduschka, Concertmaster

                                                            Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Specialization

University of Philippines - Conservatory of Music
  •  Received full scholarship to the University upon exemplary audition and experience in conducting the youth orchestra   
  •  Mentored by the foremost violin instructor in the Philippines, Sergio Esmilla, Jr.

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