Pianist RENATE ROHLFING (2002 NYIPC) is rapidly garnering a name as one of her generation’s most versatile and accomplished collaborative pianists. Equally comfortable in instrumental and vocal music, Ms. Rohlfing has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Also active as an orchestral pianist, vocal coach, and piano teacher, she retains an extensive private studio in New York City which comprises singers from the Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theater Saint Louis, the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and many other leading companies.
Ms. Rohlfing’s passion for vocal accompanying has led to numerous prestigious opportunities in this field. In 2014, she returns to the Ravinia Festival, where she has served as a resident pianist in the Steans Music Insitute for the previous three years. She is on the accompanying staff for the Juilliard School’s Vocal Arts department. As an operatic pianist and repetiteur, Ms. Rohlfing has served as Assistant Conductor for the Los Angeles Opera’s production of “La Cenerentola” as well as garnering music staff assignments for several Juilliard opera productions.
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. 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. Ms. Rohlfing is also a highly experienced and versatile orchestral pianist. She has had the privilege of performing under the baton of leading conductors including Alan Gilbert, James Conlon, Robert Spano, John Adams, and Jeffrey Milarsky.
Ms. Rohlfing began piano studies in her native Honolulu, Hawaii. She obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Further studies led her to SUNY Stony Brook and the Juilliard School, where she received a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano.