From a very early age it was noticeable that the in Rio de Janeiro born pianist was a child prodigy. Her musical talent was discovered early on and was fostered by Arnaldo Estrella who himself was a student of Alfred Cortot and Yves Nat. At the age of three she started composing before she could even read or write notes. By the time she was seven her compositions had resulted in two piano methods. In addition to this she played her first recital at the age of five and made her first TV appearance a year later in which she played Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major with the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional. Just a year later she played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488), once again with the National Symphony Orchestra. From that moment on she won prizes at numerous regional and national competitions, going on to win the special prize and the Gina Bachauer prize at the Van Cliburn Competition in the USA when she was just 18. After this she moved to Belgium to study with Jacques Detiège who was a student of Leon Fleischer and Maria Curcio. He was also good friends with pianist Alexis Weissenberg. Later on she won first place at many national competitions, such as the Emmanuel Durlet Competition, the Cantabile, the Tenuto, etc… going on to be fifth at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1983. From then on the award-winning Rodrigues was soon playing in venues like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berliner Schauspielhaus, Paris, Hamburg and the Leipzigs Gewandhaus. For over 20 years, she has been invited to De Doelen in Rotterdam to perform a Chopin recital on Boxing Day. 1998 was an important year for Rodrigues: she became the key figure in the annual Swiss Música Romântica festival, at which she not only perform solo, but conduct at, and compose for as well. Furthermore she has also played at open air festivals in Russia and Belgium for more than 20,000 people. Next to performing on stage she is also professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. She recorded over 25 CDs of both live concerts and studio albums, amongst them Sergey Prokofiev’s five piano concertos and all eight of Beethoven’s piano concertos in St. Petersburg.
Most recent is her collaboration with Parma Recordings which resulted in a digital re-release of the Beethoven recordings on Naxos, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, two new CD’s (a Chopin and Debussy album) and a third one coming up with America music from Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.