Hind, Rolf

Rolf Hind has worked closely with living composers across a broad range of styles: from John Adams and Tan Dun to Ligeti and Lachenmann, Xenakis and Messiaen to George Benjamin and Judith Weir.
Born in London and now living there after studies at the Royal College of Music and in Los Angeles, his career has many facets. He appears regularly at new music festivals throughout Europe, he is in demand as a soloist with all the major BBC orchestras and plays regularly with the London Sinfonietta. Further afield he has made numerous appearances with, amongst others, the Baltimore Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, South West German Radio Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Slovenian Radio Philharmonic and Oslo Sinfonietta. As a performer he has had a number of concertos written for him, by Unsuk Chin, Poul Ruders,  Bent Sorensen, Simon Holt  and David Sawer and he has worked with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Davis, Markus Stenz, Oliver Knussen, David Robertson and Franz Welser-Möst.
His appearances overseas include tours of Korea, Taiwan and Cuba, and recitals and concertos at Perth and Wellington Festivals, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. Rolf has also worked with some of the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers, including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker at Rosas, Richard Alston, and the London Contemporary Dance Theatre.
In recent years Rolf has developed a growing reputation as a composer. His piano pieces and chamber works have been broadcast by the BBC and played widely throughout Europe. Recent commissions include Eye of Fire, which he played with The Duke Quartet, and Sunnata for five pianos and one honky-tonk.  He premiered his piano concerto Maya-Sesha, commissioned by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Martyn Brabbins in 2008. He is published by Ricordi London.
Rolf is in demand as a teacher, holding a professorial post at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (teaching composition and the piano); he teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and is a regular guest at Dartington International Summer School.
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A survey of Simon Holt's piano music recorded by Rolf Hind - for whom Nigredo was composed - dedicated to Holt's publisher (and NMC's former chairman) Bill Colleran; it covers the Goya-inspired Tauromaquia, Black Lanterns, title work a book of colours, and new series Klop's Last Bite - described by the composer as "an insect snuff-movie".

Additionally a book of shadow, which could not be included on the CD for reasons of space, can be downloaded from NMC's webshop .



"Rolf Hind is the perfect interpreter throughout and recording is of demonstration quality." Gramophone

" may be the place to pay tribute to Hind's playing, where a remarkable immediacy goes along with total command. In a programme of great variety lasting over an hour, Hind moves as an explorer in a forest he has made his own." Paul Griffiths


This recording was supported by the RVW Trust, the Ida Carroll Trust and Chester Music.


 Simon Holt’s music is published by Chester Music.






This disc was recorded on 27-28 July 2008 at Potton Hall, Suffolk.

Engineer & Producer: DAVID LEFEBER
Digital Editing: DAVID LEFEBER
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

Cover image: RICHARD LONG Mud Hand Circle: River Avon Mud Circle
Inlay image: RICHARD LONG Mud Hand Circle: Untitled
Images © Richard Long. Courtesy: The artist and Haunch of Venison

(p) 2009 NMC Recordings Ltd.

Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D128
Release Date:
16 June 2009