“Prodigy…Rojas, the piano and the music become one” – Los Angeles Times
“…an impressive performer in his own right…impassioned, hypnotic, insightful… superb tonal control” – New York Concert Review
From humble beginnings in Santa Clara, Cuba, God blessed pianist Erikson Rojas with musical talents that, for the beauty of His glory, flourished into a celebrated career with numerous performances throughout the world, including six appearances at Carnegie Hall, New York. Concert tours and festivals have presented him in solo and chamber-music recitals in European nations such as France, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Austria, as well as in the Latin-American countries of Mexico and Cuba. He has also been featured as soloist with various orchestras, most recently with the Vienna International Orchestra under Maestro Robert Lehrbaumer. Mr. Rojas is honored to have been one of five Americans and the only Hispanic in 30 pianists selected world-wide to participate at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Through the aegis of Princess Cecilia de Medici, Mr. Rojas was a Fellow at numerous La Gesse Foundation Festivals. He won his first competition at the age of nine, and went on to receive various awards and honors, including First Prize in Cuba’s Amadeo Roldan and UNEAC competitions. As a child prodigy, Mr. Rojas was featured on CNN, as well as on several international radio and television broadcasts. In Pennsylvania, he won the Ambler Symphony Competition and the Outstanding Young Christian Artists Competition (three consecutive years), among others.
Studying under the acclaimed pianist Min Kwon and Juilliard’s Martin Canin, Mr. Rojas is a scholarship candidate in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he was the recipient of the Saldarini Award, a Graduate Internship and a Departmental Assistantship. As a pupil of the legendary Leon Fleisher, Mr. Rojas completed the Master of Music degree and the Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory. There he holds a candidacy for the Artist Diploma, the school’s highest distinction in performance offering a full-tuition scholarship. Along with his studies in piano, he also took private conducting lessons from Gustav Meier. Prior to Peabody, he studied piano and music history with Distinguished Professor Dr. Samuel Hsu at Cairn University, where he received his Bachelor degrees in Music/Piano Performance and in Biblical Science. At Cairn Mr. Rojas also learned organ from Robert Carwithen. Earlier musical studies took place at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music under Madame Eleanor Sokoloff, and at Cuba’s A.G. Caturla Conservatory under Virginia de la Osa. Additional private instruction was received from renowned pianists Susan Starr, Charles Abramovic, and Paul Hoffmann. Other lessons and masterclasses were with Claude Frank, Jerome Lowenthal, Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, and Jorge Luis Prats, among others.
Mr. Rojas performs regularly on the east coast of the United States. He teaches piano privately, and is on the faculty of Eastern University, Esperanza College, Cairn University, Settlement Music School, and Csehy Summer School of Music. He is also Organist and Music Minister at First Baptist Church of Lansdale and at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Philadelphia, PA, where he resides with his wife Diandra.