Guest master cello class hosted by Tulio Rondón

Tulio Rondón, soloist and chamber musician, will be the guest host of the cello master class at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Orchestra Room in the Jenson-Noble Music Music Hall on the Luther College campus.

Known for his vivid depth, passionate performances and strong leadership, Rondón was appointed adjunct professor of cello at the Simón Bolivar Conservatory at age 17, the youngest in history to teach at the Conservatory.            

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.            

His 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.              

In demand as a chamber musician and early music specialist, Rondón has been on the faculty as the viola de gamba instructor at the White Water Early Music Festival in Wisconsin since 2010. He joined the Vancouver Early Music Festival as faculty on viola de gamba and baroque cello in the summer of 2012.            

Rondón received a bachelor's degree in music from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory, a master's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed his doctoral degree in performance at the University of Arizona. He continued his studies in the Netherlands completing two years of post-graduate studies on baroque cello and viola da gamba at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague.          

He currently serves as the violoncello professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.

Rondón will also be performing with Luther faculty Spencer Martin, Kathryn Reed and Andrew Whitfield in a Faculty Artists Series recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15 in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Music Hall.