University of St. Thomas presents Duo Recital: Jasmine Hatem & Rodica Gonzalez
Violinist Rodica Gonzalez was born in Bucharest, Romania and attended the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory. Rodica received her master's degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She is currently a member of the Houston Symphony and an affiliate artist at Houston Baptist University. She has performed extensively as a recitalist and chamber player throughout Romania, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, and the United States; she has also appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony, and is a founding member of Houston Baptist University's resident piano trio, Tre Voci. She has played in Carnegie Hall several times as soloist and ensemble member, the most recent performance being with the Fidelis quartet. Ms. Gonzalez currently teaches violin at the University of St. Thomas.
Pianist Jasmine Hatem has performed in concerts both in the United States and Europe. In the Houston area, she has performed with the Greenbriar Consortium, the Houston Civic Symphony, where she appeared as a soloist, and AURA, the contemporary music ensemble of the University of Houston. She has also collaborated with the Dominic Walsh Dance Company, playing the music of Arvo Pärt. Ms. Hatem holds a Master's Degree in piano performance with Nancy Weems at the University of Houston. She received a second Master’s degree in chamber music and accompanying from Rice University as a student of Brian Connelly. Prior to her studies in Houston, Ms. Hatem attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where her teachers included Richard Fields, and Eugene and Elizabeth Pridinoff. A native of New Orleans, Ms. Hatem's early studies were with Russian pianist and Professor at Tulane University, Faina Lushtak. She is currently on the faculties of the University of St. Thomas and the Bridges Academy at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.