Enrique Bátiz

Biography

Born: May 4, 1942; Mexico City, Mexico  
Born in Mexico City of Polish and Mexican descent, Enrique Bátiz explains why his name is accented on the first syllable: "It's a Basque name...from the region of the separatists. I'm still a very independent person!" As for his musical heritage, Bátiz began as a pianist and turned to the podium fairly late by current standards. Yet since the mid-'80s, Bátiz has become one of Latin America's most widely known conductors.

Bátiz began his
Read more piano studies with his mother before his feet could even reach the pedals, and gave his first public performance at age five. After obtaining his bachelor's degree from Mexico University in 1959, he furthered his education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and, from 1963 to 1966, the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied piano with Adele Marcus and conducting with Jorge Mester. Bátiz traveled to the Warsaw Conservatory for four years of post-graduate work, including conducting tutelage from Witold Rowicki. During his twenties, Bátiz made concert tours and radio recordings as a pianist in Mexico, Poland, and Salzburg. Eventually, though, he realized that his true vocation was as a conductor.

In 1971, at age 29, Bátiz founded the Mexican State Symphony Orchestra, of which he remained principal conductor until the end of 1982, renewing his relationship with the group in 1990. Shortly after he first secured this appointment, he set about a serious technical study of conducting with Leon Barzin. Early in 1983, Bátiz was named music director and principal conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, where he remained until 1989. He landed guest appearances in Europe with the Czech Philharmonic and the continent's best second-tier orchestras (Dresden, Leipzig, and the like). Bátiz became especially active in England, leading the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. By 1984, Bátiz had secured the post of principal guest conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Already, EMI had engaged Bátiz to conduct a variety of London and Mexican orchestras in what would become four well-packed CDs devoted to the works of Joaquín Rodrigo. The conductor's next significant project for EMI was Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras, the series' third integral recording and the first to be easily available in Europe since the composer's own mono EMI version. Bátiz also devoted three ASV CDs to the orchestral music of Georges Bizet. Yet he did proselytize for the music of his own part of the world.

Bátiz once rhapsodized about the Hispanic embrace of the primitive side of life, so it's hardly surprising that "primitive" strong rhythms and bright colors dominated the interpretations of Mexican music he set to disc for ASV through the early '90s. In these recordings, one could correctly guess that Bátiz was once a child prodigy pianist who idolized Vladimir Horowitz, for Bátiz adapts Horowitz's hard brilliance to the orchestra. The tendency may be inherent to this conductor's personality. Some musicians in the Mexico City Philharmonic complained that Bátiz verbally abused them in rehearsal. And like other temperamental conductors, Bátiz channeled his aggression into a performance style that favored incisive attacks, firm accents, and fleet tempos. This is not to imply that Bátiz is always a speed demon; his very broad version of the Brahms Symphony No. 2 recorded for RCA shows an entirely different side of the conductor. Bátiz is far less concerned with setting down a performance for the ages than with documenting a performance of the moment, something fluid and evolving, caught in an aural snapshot. Read less
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    The Art of Goya & The Sound of the Spanish Guitar
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552773 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  John Lennon,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Xuefei Yang,  Manuel Barrueco,  David Tanenbaum,  Ernesto Bitetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  Iona Brown,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Enrique Bátiz
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    Joaquin Rodrigo Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9297 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Nancy Allen,  Lisa Hansen,  Jorge Federico Osorio,  Deborah Mariotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Agustin Leon Ara,  Francesc Perales  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Saint-saëns: Organ Symphony, Etc / Rawsthorne, Bátiz, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1312627 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne
    Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
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    Three Guitar Concerto
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1360 Release Date: 07/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Alfonso Moreno
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
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    De Falla: El Amor Brujo, Etc / Batiz, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1271 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Nancy Fabiola Herrera,  Maria Luisa Salinas
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Prats, Batiz, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1270 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jorge Luis Prats
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Suites, Etc / Tjeknavorian, Batiz, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1272 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Fifty Shades Of Grey: The Classical Album
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78466 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Thomas Tallis,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Arleen Augér,  José Luis Garcia,  Peter Barley  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Cellos,  Les Violons du Roy
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    Bizet: Complete Orchestral Works / Batiz
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94404 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Famous Ballet Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9251 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Adolphe Adam,  Léo Delibes,  Aram Khachaturian,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Lillian Watson,  Christine Cairns
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Carl Davis,  Yuri Simonov,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Classical Chill: The Romantic Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578009-10 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ottorino Respighi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Benjamin Frith,  Ilya Kaler,  Nora Mercz  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble
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  • 13.
    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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    Rossini: Overtures / Batiz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93994 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bizet: Carmen And L'arlesienne Suites / Batiz, Mexico Po
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93842 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Kdfc - Islands Of Sanity 3 - 100% Natural
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557917 Release Date: 11/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Ferde Grofé,  Frederick Delius,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Peter Donohoe,  Idil Biret,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  William T. Stromberg,  David Lloyd-Jones,  Mike Dixon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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    Classical Heat
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8520102 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alberto Ginastera,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Bramall,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Marat Bisengaliev,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  Anthony Bramall,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Festival Orchestra of Mexico  ... 
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    1001 Nights - Rimsky-korsakov / Bernard Cribbins
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555889 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Bernard Cribbins,  David Nolan
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Night Music 15 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556615 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Samuel Barber,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Stefan Schilli,  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Failoni Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Candlelight Classics - Music For Romance
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4025 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Josef Baermann,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Johnson,  Jorge Luis Prats,  Pamela Nicholson,  Xu Wei  ... 
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz,  Loris Tjeknavorian,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Schenck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Guitar Trio
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  • 21.
    The Best Of Rimsky-korsakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556674 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz,  Donald Johanos,  Anthony Bramall,  Andrei Anikhanov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Discover The Classics Volume 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554246-47 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Malcolm Arnold,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Prionnsias O'Duinn,  Andrew Penny,  Michael Halász,  Adrian Leaper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE Sinfonietta,  Queensland Symphony Orchestra,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    The Best Of Rachmaninov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556682 Release Date: 09/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Bernd Glemser,  Idil Biret,  Jénö Jandó,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Enrique Bátiz,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  György Lehel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava  ... 
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  • 24.
    Great Waltzes - Sleeping Beauty, Emperor Waltz, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553337 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Juventino Rosas  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Andrei Anikhanov,  Enrique Bátiz,  Pinchas Steinberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Latin American Classics Vol 1 / Enrique Batiz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550838 Release Date: 12/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Ginastera,  Blas Galindo Dimas,  Rodolfo Halffter,  Carlos Chavez  ... 
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Orchestra of Mexico
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