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 Simon Holt and Judith Weir.
Rolf played a leading role in the BBC’s Adams Festival at the Barbican in 2002, as soloist in Phrygian Gates and Grand Pianola Music conducted by the composer; the latter reprised in 2003 at Alice Tully Hall, New York.As a result, John Adams asked him to play on his disc, Road Movies, released by Nonesuch. Rolf has also recorded for Factory Classics, Virgin, Teldec, Bridge, DaCapo and NMC records, including repertoire from Messiaen as well as works written especially for him. He also recorded the complete solo piano works of Peter Maxwell Davies for the composer's own internet record label, MaxOpus.
Further afield, he has toured Korea, Taiwan and Cuba and made recital and concerto appearances at the Festivals of Perth (Australia) and Wellington (New Zealand). 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 2012 he is working with the leading Portuguese choreographer/director Rui Horta on Danza Preparata in which he plays the Sonatas and Interludes of John Cage in a "danced concert."
In the last few years he has developed a growing reputation as a composer. Keith Potter of The Independent called him “One of the rare examples of a performer who can make a successful career as a composer”. His piano pieces and a chamber work, The Horse Sacrifice, have been broadcast by the BBC. He wrote a score for Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, broadcast on German radio, and was commissioned by the 2003 Huddersfield Festival for Das Unenthullte, as premiered with his regular duo partner, David Alberman. Recent commissions include Eye of Fire, which he played with The Duke Quartet, and Sunnata for five pianos and one honky-tonk ,as well as a piano concerto, Maya-Sesha, for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Maya Sesha, and a solo piano piece "a single hair, a jasmine petal, seven mattresses, a pea.." were both shortlisted for a British Composers Award.
Rolf is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, teaching chamber music and composition for the piano. He has also taught at the Royal Academy of Music and regularly gives masterclasses at Dartington Summer School and throughout Britain and Europe.
In recognition of his high standing within British music, Rolf was for two years Artistic Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music. He planned a nationwide concert series for 2005-6 on their behalf; he was also for several years the Chairman of ISCM Britain. He planned a large-scale day of music for multiple pianists at London's Roundhouse "Many Hands" in 2010's Reverb festival.
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