BIOGRAPHY

In a career that has taken him all over the world in the last twenty years, Rolf Hind has worked with many of the greatest names in 20th and 21st century contemporary classical music.

As a student of composition and piano at the Royal College of Music, he played works by Xenakis and Messiaen to the composers themselves; since then Rolf has worked closely with a broad range of composers from John Adams, Tan Dun and Judith Weir to Michael Finnissy, Helmut Lachenmann, Magnus Lindberg and George Benjamin.

He has performed at all the major European new music festivals, appeared five times at the Proms, and played in Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House. Tours have taken him as far afield as Cuba, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and New Zealand.

In the year 2000, after a long silence, Rolf began to compose again, inspired by repeated trips to India and a subsequent fascination with the culture and language there. Since then, many of his works have sprung from that source: for example The Horse Sacrifice, for six instrumentalists, The City of Love (a setting of Hindi texts) for voice cello and piano, Your Black Mouth, for clarinet and harp, and Sunnata for six keyboards.  His piano concerto Maya-Sesha (commissioned by the BBC) received its World premiere in March 2008 with BBC Scottish SO conducted by Martyn Brabbins and the composer as soloist. In June 2008 the Duke Quartet gave World premiere performances of Shashankasana (commissioned by Soundwaves festival) and again in August with a new commission from Dartington International Music Summer School, The Flower in the next Corner.