Winner: 1st Prize (with Samuel Hasselhorn)
2017 “Das Lied” International Song Competition

Winner: “Sonderpreis Beste Klavierbegleitung” (Special Prize for best accompaniment)
2016 International Hugo Wolf Song Competition

Winner: 2nd Prize (with Samuel Hasselhorn)
2015 Wigmore Hall Song Competition

Pianist RENATE ROHLFING has quickly established herself as one of her generation’s most versatile and sought-after collaborative pianists. Winner of the “Sonderpreis Klavier” (Special Pianists’ Prize) at the 2016 International Wolf Song Competition in Stuttgart, Ms. Rohlfing is active as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist. She has performed with many of the world's leading artists, including James Conlon, Anna Netrebko, Frederica von Stade, Alan Gilbert, and John Adams, and her performances have taken her to the most prestigious festivals and halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, Amsterdam’s Musiekgebouw, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Singers have partnered with Ms. Rohlfing to win First Prize at the “Das Lied” International Song Competition (2017), the Naumburg Foundation Competition (2014), and the Young Concert Artists Competition (2012 & 2015), and she was Second Prize winner at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition in 2015.

Ms. Rohlfing began her 2014/15 season at the Spoleto Festival USA, where she served as Assistant Conductor, and performed in chamber music concerts and as orchestral pianist in John Adams' "El Nino." She was invited by composer Jake Heggie to collaborate as pianist and head coach on the workshop of his new opera, "Great Scott", to be premiered in October of 2015 at Dallas Opera. Highlights of the season included a benefit performance accompanying the legendary Frederica von Stade in New York, a performance with mezzo-soprano Cecilia Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration, and recitals with soprano Julia Bullock across the US and in Canada. In its second season, her critically acclaimed piano trio LONGLEASH performed live on WUOL radio in Kentucky, followed by performances at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival in Norway and around the New York area. Rohlfing was featured as a chamber musician at the prestigious Bay Chamber Festival in Maine in June of 2015, performing with violinist Bella Hristova, cellist Joshua Roman and Bullock. She concludes her season with concerts as an Artist-in-Residence at the PianoSonoma Festival with LONGLEASH, as well as a Liederabend in La Roche, Switzerland featuring baritone Samuel Hasselhorn.

Ms. Rohlfing began her 2013/14 season at the Ravinia Festival, where she performed Britten’s "Phaedra" with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Conlon, while serving as resident pianist in the Steans Music Institute Program for Singers for the third consecutive year. She embarked on a recital tour with soprano Julia Bullock, whom she accompanied as winner of the Young Concert Artists and Naumberg competitions, with concerts in Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and debut recitals at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington and Merkin Hall in New York City. In its second season, her piano trio LONGLEASH performed concerts at the San Francisco Center for New Music, the Kunstuniversität Graz (Austria), and completed a residency at Ohio University. Other recital engagements throughout the season included concerts with soprano Sarah Wolfson in South Carolina, soprano Kathryn Guthrie in Pennsylvania, flutist Chelsea Knox throughout the north-east, and flutist Stephanie Kwak in New York.

Ms. Rohlfing's passion for vocal accompanying has led to numerous prestigious opportunities in this field. In 2013, she made her debut at the Cincinnati May Festival, performing in two recitals with soprano Janai Brugger (1st place winner in Operalia and Metropolitan Opera National Council competitions) and mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack (Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera). She returned, in 2014, to the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where she had served as a resident pianist in the Steans Music Insitute for the previous three years, performing in concerts and recitals under the festival's auspices. In recent seasons, she was selected to be a Stern Fellow at Pepperdine's "Songfest" festival in California and served as a pianist-in-residence for Marilyn Horne's "The Song Continues..." series at Carnegie Hall. In high demand as a vocal accompanist, some of Ms. Rohlfing's other recent concerts include various performances with baritone Timothy McDevitt, soprano Julia Bullock, and soprano Sarah Wolfson. She is on the accompanying staff for the Juilliard School’s Vocal Arts department, and was selected to play for the school’s annual Vocal Arts Honors Recital at Peter Jay Sharp Theater in 2010, in addition to performing in numerous other vocal recitals at Juilliard. As an operatic pianist and repetiteur, Ms. Rohlfing has served as Assistant Conductor for the Los Angeles Opera’s production of “La cenerentola”, conducted by Maestro Conlon, as well as garnering music staff assignments for Juilliard opera productions of "La finta giardiniera" by Mozart and the US premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' "Kommilitonen", rated by TimeOut New York as the #1 Classical Music event of 2011.

Equally familiar with instrumental repertoire, Ms. Rohlfing's chamber music credits include appearances through the Fondation des États-Unis, Alliance Française, New World Symphony, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Methow Valley Arts, and numerous radio stations including WUOL, WFMT, and KHPR. Allan Kozinn of the New York Times hailed her interpretation of various works by Webern as "graceful yet variegated." She is a founding member of LONGLEASH Trio, with recent and upcoming performances of new works and other repertoire in San Francisco, New York, and Austria. Internationally, she has participated at festivals in Canada, France, Spain and Austria. A strong advocate of contemporary music, she enjoyed the special privilege of attending the International Ensemble Modern Akademie in Schwaz, Austria, where she worked with composer Wolfgang Rihm.

Ms. Rohlfing is also a highly experienced and versatile orchestral pianist. She performed with the Cincinnati Symphony in Britten’s War Requiem at the Cincinnati May Festival, and in 2012, she was invited to join the New World Symphony Orchestra, performing both orchestral and chamber works at the orchestra's home in Miami. Previously, she served as the Orchestral Piano Fellow for the Juilliard Orchestra, and participated in concerts including works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Bartok, Stravinsky, Adams, and Respighi, among others. She has had the privilege of playing under the baton of leading conductors including Alan Gilbert, James Conlon, Robert Spano, John Adams, and Jeffrey Milarsky, in venues that include Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Royal Albert Hall for a special performance at the London Proms.

Beyond performing, Renate Rohlfing is rapidly gaining recognition as a vocal coach for singers. She has served on the faculty of Bard College and worked with students at the Juilliard School, Westminster Choir College, Ohio University, Rutgers University, and the Manhattan School of Music. Specializing in German, French, and Polish repertoire, her coaching studio comprises singers from the Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theater Saint Louis, the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and many other leading companies.

Upcoming highlights in Ms. Rohlfing’s calendar include a return to the music staff of Los Angeles Opera for its upcoming production of “Madama Butterfly”, recitals with Julia Bullock in California, Missouri, Washington DC, Maryland, and New York, a recital with Samuel Hasselhorn at Germany’s Schloss Elmau, and the launch, with LONGLEASH, of the Loretto Project, a music festival and composition workshop in Nerinx, Kentucky.

Ms. Rohlfing began piano studies at the age of 4 with Professor Peter Coraggio in her native Honolulu, Hawaii. After winning the New Orleans International Concerto competition at the age of 15, she made her orchestral debut with the New Orleans Symphony performing Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1. That same year, she toured Japan on a solo concert tour, with concerts in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, and Tokyo, among others. After winning the American Music Teacher's Association First Prize at 17, she debuted at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Rohlfing was subsequently invited to study at the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Solomon Mikowsky and Daniel Epstein. Further studies led her to SUNY Stony Brook and the Juilliard School, where she received her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano, studying with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, JJ Penna, and Diane Richardson. She is the winner of numerous honors and awards, including the Presser Scholarship, the Sorel Foundation scholarship through New Triad for the Collaborative Arts, the William Petschek Scholarship, the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship, and the Avenir Foundation research grant. The latter included a residency at the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna, where she worked closely with the composer's manuscripts and researched Schoenbergian performance practice. She retains an extensive private coaching and teaching studio in New York City.
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