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Monday 23 November 2020

Rumi Passion

Frederic Wake-Walker

Rolf Hind

Lead artist (Rumi Passion)

Rolf Hind’s career has established him as a major force as soloist, composer, recording artist, chamber musician, pedagogue, collaborator and concert planner. He has given recitals at many of Europe’s leading new music festivals, and at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and on tours of Korea, Taiwan and Cuba.

Rolf has worked with many leading conductors, including Ashkenazy, Knussen, Rattle, David Robertson and Andrew Davis and appeared seven times at the BBC Proms. Orchestras he has worked with include the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Munich Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, many appearances with the London Sinfonietta, the LPO, RPO, and with all the BBC orchestras. 

Composers who have worked with Rolf or written for him include Tan Dun, John Adams, Helmut Lachenmann, Unsuk Chin, Elliott Carter, George Benjamin and James MacMillan. Rolf’s compositions include a piano concerto, Maya-Sesha (nominated for a British Composer’s Award) and a concerto for accordion, premiered at London’s Barbican Centre. Much of his music is inspired by India, where he travels often, while drawing on the technical adventurousness of performers including himself. 

An interest in new dance has resulted in collaborations including with choreographer Rui Horta on a large-scale tour of a new work, Danza Preparata, featuring John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano, with dancer. 

Rolf curates and performs in Occupy The Pianos, a new piano festival which has become a regular feature at St John’s Smith Square in London. Recent recitals have included Hebden Bridge Piano Festival, Deal Festival and the Klang Festival in Copenhagen. 

His first opera, Lost in Thought, a ‘Mindfulness opera’ commissioned by Mahogany Opera Group was premiered at The Barbican in London. Rolf recently wrote a major new work for gamelan and ensemble for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and his first choral work for the BBC Singers is premiered at the Cutty Sark in London, March 2020. 

 

Lead artist (Rumi Passion)

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