Rolf Hind

Rolf Hind’s career has blossomed in a multitude of directions – establishing him now as a major force as soloist, composer, recording artist, chamber musician, pedagogue, collaborator and concert planner. His work as a recitalist has taken him to many of the leading new music festivals in Europe – by way of Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and tours of Korea, Taiwan and Cuba.

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

The roster of composers who have worked with Rolf or written for him reads like a Who’s Who, and includes Tan Dun, John Adams, Helmut Lachenmann, Unsuk Chin, Elliott Carter, George Benjamin, James MacMillan amongst many others. Rolf’s growing list of compositions include a piano concerto, Maya-Sesha, nominated for a British Composer’s Award and a concerto for accordion and orchestra with soloist James Crabb and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, premiered at London’s Barbican Centre. Much of his music is inspired by a fascination with the culture, mythology, philosophy and music of India, which he has travelled to often. At the same time it draws on the technical adventurousness of certain performers, including himself.

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

Rolf curated and performed in a new piano festival at St John’s Smith Square in 2014, Occupy the Pianos, which is now becoming a regular feature at St John’s.

His first opera, a ‘Mindfulness opera’ for voices, instruments and audience, commissioned by Mahogany Opera Group, directed by Freddie Wake Walker, entitled Lost in Thought was premiered at London’s Barbican Centre in September 2015. Rolf wrote a major new work for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2017 and continues to develop many exciting new projects as a composer.

January 2018