Rudolf P. Golez started basic piano lessons at age four with his mother. As he progressed, he enrolled with Sister Lourdes Allegado, RVM who prepared her for his Premier Piano Recital at the Lourdes College within a year of formal piano lessons with her.
At age 11, Rudolf performed for then First lady Imelda R. Marcos at the Coconut Palace in Manila. Mrs. Marcos would have been a patroness of Rudolf. The EDSA Revolution of 1986 put an end to this collaboration.
Rudolf left for New York City at 13 and studied at the renowned Juilliard School under Seymour Lipkin. In one of his visits home at 17, he made his orchestral debut with the Manila Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Sergio Esmilla, Jr. playing Beethoven’s 4th Concerto. Further studies brought him to Graz, Austria, and finally graduated with the degree of Master in Music major in Piano Performance at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
Being the sole prizewinner at the First ASEAN Chopin International Piano Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Rudolf is one of the country’s young piano virtuosi today. He was featured soloist at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Filipino Young Artists Series. Other notable performances that won critical acclaim were performances with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the great composer/conductor Cristobal Halffter of Madrid. They played the masterpiece of Manuel de Falla- 'Noches en los Jardines de España. Furthermore, concerts with the Manila Symphony Orchestra playing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1 were also well received. Other concerti with other orchestras in the Philippines included the Grieg Concerto. His solo concerts feature a rich and varied repertoire of classical to contemporary periods in piano literature. Recently, he joined the Philippine delegation of artists who performed during the Philippine Independence day celebration at the Philippine pavilion in Shanghai, China. Other performances led him to Australia and the United States. The most noteworthy were concerts in prestigious venues in the Los Angeles area namely, the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA), the Zipper Hall at the Colburn School and the Cerritos Performing Arts Theater.
Rudolf looks forward to gain exposure in the concert stage of the capitals in Europe even as he carries out his responsibilities as Vice-President for Cultural Affairs of Liceo de Cagayan University and a faculty of the Conservatory of the same school. He also endeavours to record his life's repertoire in a CD which may include instructional material for his students.
“deeply moving, eloquent, with finesse and a deep musicality”
- Jim Lowe, Times Argus Barre, Vermont
“refined nuances expressed through a masterful technique combined with artistic sensitivity”
- Rosalinda Orosa, Philippine Star
Manfred van Os, Coesfeld News (Muenster, Germany)