Dr. Tulio J. Rondón
Assistant Professor of Music
Post-Doc, Royal Conservatory of The Hague
D.M.A., University of Arizona
M.M., Miami University
B.M., Simón Bolivar Conservatory
Academic Areas: applied cello, applied viola da gamba, music appreciation, string techniques, conductor - Cello Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Tulio J. Rondón
151 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Cellist Tulio Rondón, performs throughout the United States, Europe, and North and South America as a soloist and chamber musician. Known for his vivid depth, passionate performances and strong leadership, he started his professional life early, as principal cellist of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, which he helped found at the age of fifteen. He was appointed adjunct professor of cello at the Simón Bolivar Conservatory (Maracay, Venezuela) at just seventeen, the youngest to teach there. Since then, Tulio Rondón's performance career has taken him all over the world, sharing the stage with internationally celebrated artists such as Gil Shaham, Paul Katz, James Tocco, the Hagen String Quartet, Pacifica String Quartet, and the Miro String Quartet.
Rondón's current performance activities include solo performances of Shostakovich cello concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Walton cello concerto, Schnittke cello concerto No. 1, and Lutovslawski cello concerto. He toured with the Shostakovich cello concerto in 2011, and has recently performed chamber works with world-renowned early music specialists Jacques Ogg (harpsichord), Jaap ter Linden (cello), and Wilbert Hazelzet (flute). Additionally, during the 2011 – 2012 season, Rondón has performed with Pro Arte Quartet, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Bach Society of Minnesota, and Flying Forms. With the award-winning Sephardic Baroque group Me la Amargates Tú, of which he is a founding member, Rondón has upcoming engagements in Europe and the United States. For 2012-2013 Rondón has solo engagements planned in Venezuela, as well as many chamber appearances across the midwestern United States.
Rondón is in demand as a chamber musician and early music specialist. He has been on faculty as the viola da gamba instructor at the White Water Early Music Festival in Wisconsin since 2010, and joined the Vancouver Early Music Festival as faculty on viola da gamba and baroque cello alongside Jaap ter Linden in the summer of 2012. He has recorded the works of Handel with Contrasto Armonico Baroque Orchestra, in The Netherlands.
Born in La Victoria, Venezuela, Tulio Rondón began his cello studies through El Sistema, quickly moving up to the highest orchestra by age fifteen. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory, his Master of Music from Miami University (Oxford, OH), and completed a Doctoral Degree in performance at the University of Arizona. Pursuing his strong interest in historic performance practice, he continued his studies in The Netherlands, doing two years of post-graduate studies on baroque cello and viola da gamba with Jaap ter Linden and Rainer Zipperling at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Mr. Rondón is currently the violoncello professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. He performs on a 1783 Ioannes Michael Willer violoncello, and a copy of Michael Colichon viola da gamba c. 1687.
- MUSI 110 Music Appreciation
- MUSI 156/356 Applied Cello
- MUSI 196 String Techniques
- MUSI 253/453 Chamber Orchestra
- MUSI 255/455 String Ensemble