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Iván Enrique Rodríguez
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Iván Enrique Rodríguez in 2020
Born (1990-05-09) May 9, 1990 (age 34)
Caguas, Puerto Rico
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Iván Enrique Rodríguez Mercado (born May 9, 1990) is a Puerto Rican composer of classical music. His instrumental works been performed in Puerto Rico, the Americas and Europe.[1]


Rodríguez was brought up in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He studied composition with Alfonso Fuentes at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, graduating in 2014.[2] He then continued his studies with Robert Beaser and Melinda Wagner at the Juilliard School, receiving his Masters of Music in 2019;[2] he is currently pursuing his Doctor degree at Juilliard.[2]


Rodríguez’s music focuses on social justice and activism, while featuring his Puerto Rican musical heritage.[3][4] A Metaphor for Power—his symphonic essay composed in 2018—has the Latinx experience and the equality issues in the U.S. as a central thesis,[5] and was selected for 2019’s Edward T. Cone Composition Institute[6] to be premiered by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the baton conductor Cristian Măcelaru.[6][7] Rodríguez has also collaborated with the Vision Collective on their first German tour through Nigerian, Iraqi, Georgian, Syrian, and Turkish refugee camps,[8][9] and has been invited to be composer in residence of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.[10]

Further commissions include Musica de Camara, Inc. commission for his Concerto for Puerto Rican cuatro and Strings Orchestra premiered at El Museo del Barrio in New York City in 2016,[11] University of California, Davis commission of his solo soprano piece Afonía, and violinist Alice Ivy-Pemberton commission of Through What is no Longer for her project Drowning Monuments.[12] This project, was recognized by the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies[13] for the vision of bringing awareness by performing in places of New York City that are increasingly threatened by flooding and submersion due to global warming. Rodríguez’s works have been commercially recorded by trumpeter Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Puerto Rican guitarist John Rivera Pico,[14] and soprano Stephanie Lamprea.[15]

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The ASCAP Foundation Honors Awards 2019. Left to Right Cia Toscanini (Vice President of Concert Music at ASCAP) Iván Enrique Rodríguez, Alexander Bernstein (Leonard Bernstein’s son) Colleen McDonough (Executive Director of The ASCAP Foundation)
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Iván Enrique Rodríguez with conductor Maximiano Valdés in rehearsal with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra

Some awards include the International Composition Competition Maurice Ravel,[16] and the American Composers Orchestra EarShot Program, with the Columbus Symphony giving the U.S. premiere of his piece Luminis.[17] His musical and social activism was recognized by Junior Chamber International with the 2014's Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World award in Puerto Rico,[18] and in 2018 he was named a Puerto Rican Heritage Ernesto Malave Scholar of the Arts by Comité Noviembre in New York City.[19]

Personal life[edit]

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Iván Enrique Rodríguez and his husband Pedro L. Rivera at The DiMenna Center for the U.S. premiere of his solo piano piece Epístola No.1[20]

In 2016 Rodríguez married his husband Pedro L. Rivera,[21] with whom he has been together with since 2008.


Selected work as per ASCAP records[22]


  • Sinfonía No.2: "Naa Okùnkùn ti Òkúnta Dídán" (2020)
  • A Metaphor for Power (2018)
  • Sinfonía No. 1 (2016)
  • Las Puertas de Cuerno y Marfil (2016) (ed.2019)
  • Luminis (2015)
  • Fortuna Victrix: a Tale of War and Triumph (2014)
  • Himno de Vida (2013)


  • Concierto para Cuatro Puertorriqueño (2016)
  • Minotaurus Violin Concerto (2015)
  • Oidhche Shamhna Flute Concerto (2014)

Chamber music[edit]

  • Iudicamentum for Brass Sextet (2020)
  • Poema de Bronce for Violin and Piano (2020)
  • Mamá María: Cuento de Hadas en Variaciones for Bassoon and Piano (2020)
  • Transmutación Inerte for Pierrot Ensemble plus Percussion (2019)
  • 3 Visiones for Woodwinds Quintet (2019)
  • In Tenebris: Sonata for Flute and Piano (2017)
  • Fábula for Flute, Oboe/English Horn, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet (2016)
  • Éxodo II for Guitar, Cello and Harp (2015)
  • El Abrigo Negro for Piano Trio (2015)
  • Rapsodia Riqueña for String Quartet (2014)
  • Leyenda for trombone Quartet (2014)
  • Suite Sentimentale for Guitar Quartet (2014)
  • Prisma for Flute and Piano (2011)

Solo works[edit]

  • Latency Denouement for Violin (2020)
  • on Being for Cello (2018)
  • Estudio Insulso for Marimba (2015)
  • Sonata No. 1 for Guitar (2014)
  • Ballade for Harp (2014)
  • Crípticos Nos. 1, 2 & 3 for Piano (2013)
  • Crípticos Nos. 4 & 5 for Guitar (2013)
  • Críptico No. 6 for Flute (2013)

Vocal works[edit]

  • "Alabaster Thread" art song for baritone and piano (2018)
  • "¡Oh Mar, no Esperes Más!" art song for mezzo-soprano and piano (2018)
  • "Poema para las Lágrimas" art song for 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, violin and piano (2016)
  • Blessed be! for mixed choir (2016)
  • Madre Luna for SSAA choir (2014)
  • Anamnesis Luctuoso for mixed choir (2014)



  1. Frau Ramos, Manuel (July 2019). "El Puerto Rico, The Rich Port 2 Concert Held in Holyoke". El Sol Latino. 15 (8): 4. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Composer 2020 Ivan Enrique Rodriguez". Cabrillo Festival Of Contemporary Music. Retrieved August 29, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Cabrillo Festival and Macelaru announce 2020 Festival season". Primo Artists. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  4. "2020 Cabrillo Festival Aims Directly at Contemporary Issues as Well as Music". San Francisco Classical Voice. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  5. "A Metaphor for Power". UCLA Contemporary Music Score Collection. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Scores: The Cone Institute". New Jersey Symphony. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  7. "Episodio No. 5: "Yo no hago música, yo soy música", entrevista a Ivan Enrique Rodríguez". Listen Notes. Conversaciones Simbióticas Podcast. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  8. "2019 Refugee Camp Tour in Collaboration with Concerts for Compassion". Vision Collective. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  9. "Ivan Enrique Rodriguez Composer". Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  10. Baroudi, Mona. "Season Announcement 2020". Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  11. "Musica de Camara Presents: 37th Anniversary Concert". El Museo del Barrio. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  12. Ivy-Pemberton, Alice. "Drowning Monuments". Vimeo. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  13. Ivy-Pemberton, Alice. "Drowning Monuments". Bifrost. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  14. "Fronteras". iTunes. Apple.
  15. "Unaccompanied: Tiny Works for Quarantine, Volume 3". Bandcamp. Stephanie Lamprea.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Results 2015". International Composition Competition Maurice Ravel. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "EarShot Columbus Symphony: Composer Spotlight – Ivan Enrique Rodriguez". American Composers Orchestra. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  18. "JCI PR TOYP 2014". Junior Chamber International. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  19. "2018 Ernesto Malave Scholar". Comité Noviembre Commemorative Journal. 2018 (2018): 25. 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  20. "Ivan Enrique Rodriguez". The Ear. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  21. "How do your spend your leisure time? Is there anyone you would like to thank?". Imparted. Along. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  22. "ACE Repertory Ivan Enrique Rodriguez". ASCAP. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  23. "Honorees" (PDF). ASCAP. Retrieved August 29, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  24. "Leonard Bernstein Award Past Recipients". ASCAP Foundation. Retrieved August 29, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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