Rodrigo is a rising voice within today’s generation of young composers. He graduated under a scholarship and with honors (Magna Cum Laude) from the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (Mexico) in 2001, where he studied composition and piano. While an undergraduate, Rodrigo was admitted as an exchange student both at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he was awarded with the Walter H. Gage and Leslie M. Harvey scholarship for study abroad, and at Northeastern University in Boston, USA, in which he started taking courses related to composition for film.
He went on to pursue his dream of specializing in Film Scoring and was awarded with three scholarships, one from the National Fund for the Arts in Mexico (FONCA) and two more from The Fulbright-García Robles program and New York University in order to study two Master´s degrees in Composition of Music for Film, Theater and Television and Composition for Film and Multimedia at the University of Bristol and New York University respectively.
In 1996 he founded together with Director and Playwright Aida Andrade the theater company Grupo Historias, for which he has composed extensively in Mexico and which up to date has won several grants and awards, including the National Fund for the Arts’ grant Coinversiones 1998 and the State of Puebla Grant 1996 (FONCA), as well as Best Theater Play in the State of Puebla in 1997 for Syllabus, and in 2010 for La Historia del Sr. Sommer, which was also selected to be performed at the 32nd National Theater Showcase 2011. As of August 2014, Rodrigo now has more than thirty theater plays to his credit, films and documentaries, television pilots and commercials, ballet and dance pieces, and concert scores. He has composed for companies like Beanca Films, Televisa, DoComo USA, Mexico´s Compañía Nacional de Danza (CONACULTA), Instituto Latinoamericano de la Comunicación Educativa (ILCE), Cultural Channel DGTVE (EDUSAT, SEP), Jan Jakub Bokun, Tama & Co. and Grupo Historias, and his music has been performed in several cities of Europe and the American continent.
In 2011 his score “Rescate A Vapor” for String Quartet and Piano was awarded 1st prize in the Professional Chamber Music category at the 2º Concurso Nacional de Composición Melesio Morales organized by CONACULTA (National Council for Culture and Arts) and in 2008, his score “Extremos” for Woodwind Quartet was awarded first prize at the National Composition Competition “Música Extrema”. His work “Reinventing Happiness” for String Orchestra was premiered in Poland in June 2011 by the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, conducted by Jan Jakub Bokun. He was a selected participant at the 2004 NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in memory of Buddy Baker; also, the theater play “Los Amantes”, for which he served as producer and composer, was nominated for Best Experimental Theater 2010 by the Theater Press Society of Mexico (APT), among other distinctions.
He has studied Film Scoring with Deniz Hughes, Sonny Kompanek and Martin Kiszko; Composition with Brian Banks, Dinu Guezzo, Anthony Paul De Ritis, Michael Tenzer, Benjamin Willis and Mario Stern; Film music analysis with Ron Sadoff and Michael Bushnell; Piano with Daniel Rodríguez, Carmen Badillo, David McCoy and Jane Coop.
Rodrigo has given conferences and has taught his own course in Appreciation of Film and Theater Music since 2007. Some venues include the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras and the Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, both part of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and at the V Coloquio de Teatro Nuevo León (2012), among others.
In 2013, Rodrigo composed the music for Televisa's homage to Roberto Gómez Bolaños and the “El Chavo” franchise. That same year, he also composed the score to the film “Guten Tag, Ramón” (Beanca Films), directed by Jorge Ramírez-Suárez, distributed in Mexico, Germany, the U.S. And Latin America by 20th Century Fox, to be released in Mexico on August 21st, 2014. The score was performed by the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra SIF309, and it was recorded and mixed by Nick Wollage at SIF309 Sofia, Bulgaria and at AIR Studios in London, UK respectively.