Elias Rodriguez


Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Alma maters: Baylor University, University of Michigan
Awards/Competitions: Solo national debut on NPR’s “From the Top” at age 16, February 2007
Appearances: YOA Orchestra of the Americas, principal clarinet & bass clarinet, 2015; Orchestre de la Francophonie, principal clarinet, 2015; Waco Symphony Orchestra, second clarinet, 2010; University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra; Baylor University Symphony Orchestra; American Wind Symphony Orchestra, 2010; Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, associate principal clarinet & utility clarinets
Favorite composer fact: Shostakovich was a perfectionist not only in music, but in his personal life. According to his daughter, he was “obsessed with cleanliness;” he synchronized the clocks in his apartment, and he would regularly send cards to himself to test how well the postal service was working.
Favorite fact about your instrument: It was manufactured in my favorite city: Paris, France.
Last book read: Assimil: New French with Ease
Piece of advice for a young classical musician:
If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.
Time travel destination: The 1920s because of Tin Pan Alley, George and Ira Gershwin, and their influential role in American jazz music.