Rolf Hind is a pianist, composer, recording artist, chamber musician, pedagogue, collaborator and concert planner. He has played at many of Europe’s leading new music festivals. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House and has toured Korea, Taiwan and Cuba.
Conductors worked with include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Oliver Knussen, Simon Rattle, David Robertson and Andrew Davis. Rolf Hind has been a soloist at the BBC proms seven times. Orchestras with whom he has played include the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Munich Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as many appearances with the London Sinfonietta, the LPO, RPO, and all the BBC orchestras.
Rolf has worked with Tan Dun, John Adams, Helmut Lachenmann, Unsuk Chin, Elliott Carter, George Benjamin and James MacMillan, to name but a few.
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. His music is often inspired by India, where he travels whenever he can.
An interest in new dance has resulted in collaborations including with choreographer Rui Horta on John Cage’s Sonatas and Inter-ludes, and Richard Alston.
Rolf curates Occupy The Pianos, a piano festival which has become a regular feature at St John’s Smith Square in London.
In 2020 he called for some 80 new short piano pieces from different composers as responses to lockdown, and gave his first live complete performance of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards in December.
His opera, Lost in Thought, a ‘Mindfulness opera’ with Mahogany Opera Group was premiered at The Barbican.
Composition plans include a major piece commissioned by the BBC Singers with cellist Robin Michael and an operatic project about the poet Sufi Rumi, working with longtime collaborator Frederic Wake-Walker and the Anglo-US poet Dante Micheaux.
Spoken language: English