Born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela to Spanish immigrants, Latin American conductor Carlos Riazuelo has been praised by audiences, musicians, and music critics throughout the world for his diverse repertoire. He is a regular guest conductor throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.
Riazuelo earned a position as the music director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Universidad de Carabobo after his conducting debut with the ensemble at age 23. In 1980, he became the Artistic Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas, where he was responsible for leading the orchestra to the top tier of Latin American orchestras.
Among his many other career highlights, Riazuelo was the only Latin American conductor invit-ed by the late Maestro Eduardo Mata to conduct the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and he had the distinct honor of being chosen by the artist himself to accompany Henryk Szeryng in his last concert in Venezuela.
Riazuelo and his family moved to Madrid in 1998, where he continued to guest conduct numer-ous orchestras. In August 2009, Riazuelo joined the faculty of Louisiana State University School of Music as Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestral Studies while main-taining his work as guest conductor with professional groups.
Riazuelo graduated from the Advanced Conducting Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he received the Ricordi prize for opera conducting.