Rodolfo Faistauer


Brazilian pianist Rodolfo Faistauer has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals in Europe, North and South-America. Recent performances include venues such as the Galerie d’honneur of the Brazilian Embassy in Paris, Conservatoire de Strasbourg, Barnes Hall at Cornell University and a recital in the Solo Piano series of the University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Rodolfo earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree on a full scholarship at Northwestern University as a student of James Giles and was the recipient of the Cottongim Award for musical and academic excellence in that institution. In 2022, Rodolfo was a Fellow of the Gilmore Piano Festival and was invited as a young artist to the Forte/Piano Academy of historical pianos at Cornell University. He recently recorded a work by renowned French composer Hugues Dufourt for Coviello Classics (Darmstadt).

Rodolfo has taught masterclasses abroad and has adjudicated in state and local competitions in the USA. He was a conference presenter at the 2022 Illinois State Music Teachers Association Conference. Rodolfo has lectured at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and has experience with piano students of all levels. His major goal is to help his students achieve a balanced and free approach to the instrument in addition to a thoughtful study of the score.

Before moving to the United States, Rodolfo lived for several years in Europe. At the Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg in France he studied with Amy Lin and earned a Performance Diploma and a Master’s Degree in piano with honors. Determined to continue exploring the classical Viennese composers, Rodolfo went on to study with Margarita Höhenrieder at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany, sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus Program. Rodolfo began his musical studies in Brazil with Dirce Knijnik and Cristina Capparelli. He has also received invaluable artistic advice from pianists Cristina Ortiz and Débora Halász.