Hailed as “an impressive performer in his own right…impassioned, hypnotic, insightful…superb tonal control” by the New York Concert Review, and as a “prodigy…Rojas, the piano and the music become one” by the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Erikson Rojas has given numerous solo and chamber performances in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, including eight appearances at Carnegie Hall. In each case he has also been featured as soloist with orchestra. His recordings have obtained critical acclaim, and as a teacher, lecturer, and church musician, he continues to gain distinction amidst high demand.
Dr. Rojas is honored to have been one of five Americans and the only Hispanic in 30 pianists selected world-wide to participate at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He has won the Ambler Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Outstanding Young Christian Artists Competition, and Cuba’s Amadeo Roldán and UNEAC Competitions, among others. A pupil of the legendary Leon Fleisher (5 years), Dr. Rojas is a graduate of Peabody Institute (M.M., G.P.D.), where he also studied conducting privately with the eminent conductor Gustav Meier. Prior to Peabody he studied piano with Madame Eleanor Sokoloff at Curtis Institute of Music, and with Distinguished Professor Samuel Hsu at Cairn University (B.M., B.S.), where he also learned organ under Robert Carwithen. Other lessons and masterclasses in piano were with Claude Frank, Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, John Perry, Ilana Vered, Pavlina Dokovska, Susan Starr, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, and Jorge Luis Prats. As a scholarship student of Min Kwon and Juilliard’s Martin Canin, Dr. Rojas earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is a member of the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda.
Performing frequently in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Rojas is often invited as guest artist in music festivals and competitions. He teaches piano privately, with students having received top prizes and honors in local, national, and international piano festivals and competitions, including Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy, Steinway’s 165th Anniversary Celebration, Pennsylvania’s “Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow,” Csehy ChamberFest and Concerto Performance, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Concerto Competition (Preparatory Division), and Eastern University Piano Festival and Competition, in which four of Rojas’s students won top-five prizes. Pupils he has taught and coached have also gone on to study at institutions such as The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute, Shenandoah Conservatory, Temple University, Rutgers University, among others. He is on faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Csehy Summer School of Music. He also serves as pianist of the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches and as music minister at Royal Palm Presbyterian Church in Southeast Florida, where he resides with his beloved wife Diandra.