Renate Rohlfing, piano

Renate Rohlfing

  Ms. Rohlfing’s 2017-18 season includes a tour with baritone Samuel Hasselhorn, with performances at Schubertiade Villabertran (Barcelona), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), Morgan Library (New York City) and Bavaria’s Schloss Elmau. With the “expert young trio” Longleash (The Strad UK), Ms. Rohlfing gives concerts in Austria and the Northeast, and co-directs the fourth iteration of the trio’s own contemporary festival and compostition workshop, The Loretto Project. Longleash’s debut album, Passage, was released in fall of 2017 to critical acclaim. Ms. Rohlfing returns to Opera Philadelphia for the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s The Wake World, as well as Die Zauberflöte.   Recent highlights include performances with sopranos Janai Brugger, Julia Bullock and Katharine Dain; mezzo-sopranos Daniela Mack, Cecilia Hall and Brenda Patterson; tenor William Ferguson and baritone John Brancy. With Longleash, Rohlfing has appeared across the United States in venues such as Merkin Hall and San Francisco Center for New Music, and in Europe at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival (Norway) and Kunstuniversität Graz. Additional collaborations include chamber performances under the auspices of Bay Chamber Festival, New World Symphony, and Toronto Summer Music Festival.   In addition to her work with Opera Philadelphia, Ms. Rohlfing has served on the music staffs of Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Juilliard Opera and Spoleto Festival USA. She has sat on the faculties of Bard College and Manchester Music Festival, and has taught classes at The Juilliard School and Westminster Choir College. 
As an orchestral pianist, Ms. Rohlfing has worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati May Festival, and given concerts with Alan Gilbert, Robert Spano, John Adams and Jeffrey Milarsky.   Ms. Rohlfing began piano studies at age 4 in her native Honolulu. As 1st Prize Winner of the New Orleans International Concerto Competition and the American Music Teacher’s Association Competition, she subsequently performed with the New Orleans Symphony, toured Japan on a solo tour and debuted at Carnegie Hall. Residencies and fellowships include the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Songfest (California), PianoSonoma and Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues... series at Carnegie Hall.  Ms. Rohlfing is an almuna of The Juilliard  School and Manhattan School of Music.