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Enrique Bátiz


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Enrique Bátiz Campbell (born May 4, 1942) is a Mexican conductor and pianist.

Batiz began piano studies at the age of eight with Francisco Agea, continuing 10 years later with György Sándor. After two years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he became a student of Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School, where he also studied conducting. In 1964 he made several national tours as a pianist, and in 1965 was a semifinalist in the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris. From 1967 to 1970 he continued his piano studies in Poland with Zbigniew Drzewiecki, where he also studied orchestral conducting with Stanislaw Wislocki. In 1970 he was a finalist in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy.

A 1967 concert tour featured performances with the Łodz and Szczecin Philharmonics. Recitals in Warsaw and Brussels in 1969 led to outstanding reviews noting his temperament and virtuosity. Returning to Mexico in 1969, Bátiz performed many concerts as a pianist. His debut as a conductor was in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in 1969 with the Xalapa Orchestra. Later in 1970 he made a series of piano recordings for the Polish and Salzburg Broadcast Companies. In April 1971 he was named director, conductor, and founder of the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra(OSEM).

For 12 years (1971–1983) Maestro Bátiz was the conductor of the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México) before moving to the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years (1983–1989). In 1990 he resumed his directorship of the OSEM, which continues to the present. In 1984, he was named guest conductor of England’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and, as an invited guest conductor, has conducted more than 500 symphony orchestras around the world.

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