ARTISTS

Hind, Rolf

Rolf
Hind
Piano
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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DESCRIPTION

Rolf Hind, pioneer of the avant-garde keyboard, is the dedicatee of both Hoyland's The Other Side of the Air and Sawer's The Melancholy of Departure - works which explore the sheer physicality of the piano.

REVIEWS

"Rolf Hind's response [is] comprehensively sensual: grimly enduring vicious whiplash chords while stupendously in control of the most glassy pianissimos."
The Musical Times 1994

RECORDING CREDITS

Recording date: 7 June 1993

Recording venue: All Saints Church, Petersham

Engineers: Tryggvi Trggvason, Andrew Hallifax 
Producers: Colin Matthews, Hannah Taylor 
Editing & mastering: Emma Stocker

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 1994 NMC Recordings Ltd

Publisher:
Universal Edition
Catalogue number:
NMC D020S
Release Date:
1 January 1994