Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel is the 1 st place Senior Division winner of the 2018 Sphinx Competition. Rubén was the winner of the CIM Concerto Competition in 2014, recipient of the Anna Y. Tringas Award for excellence in violin performance at CIM in 2013, and was the winner of the Juan Bautista Plaza National Violin Competition of Venezuela in 2011. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, the CIM Orchestra, Virtuosi de Caracas, Filarmonía Caracas, and Arcos Juveniles de Caracas, and has worked with many reputable conductors including Theodore Kuchar, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Carl Topilow, Andrew Grams, and Ulyses Ascanio.
Rubén is an avid chamber musician, member of the Autana Trio, Bronze medal winners at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Some of his chamber music coaches include Sharon Robinson, Merry Peckham, Joel Smirnoff, Norman Fischer, James Dunham, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Salaff, Itzhak Perlman, and Joseph Silverstein.
In addition to classical music, Rubén has extensive experience performing Venezuelan folk music and Jazz. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, under the guidance of Paul Kantor.