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Rolf Hind

  • Composer
  • Pianist
  • Teacher


Rolf Hind has worked closely with living composers across a broad range of styles: from John Adams and Tan Dun, to Ligeti and Kurtag; Xenakis and Messiaen, to Simon Holt and Judith Weir.

Born in London and now living there after studies at the Royal College of Music and Los Angeles, his career has many facets. He appears regularly at new music festivals throughout Europe: in Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Darmstadt, Vienna, Strasbourg and Paris. He is in demand as a soloist with all the major BBC orchestras and plays regularly with the London Sinfonietta. Further afield he has made numerous appearances with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the South West German Radio Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Slovenian Radio Philharmonic. As a performer he has had a number of concertos written for him, by Unsuk Chin (BBC NOW) Poul Ruders (LPO) Bent Sorensen (BBCSO/Danish Radio) and Simon Holt (London Sinfonietta). In his fifth appearance at the BBC Proms in 2002, he premiered a new concerto by David Sawer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. Recently he has also performed concertos by Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, Roger Smalley and Lou Harrison, and worked with high calibre conductors including Ashkenazy, Rattle, Slatkin, Andrew Davis, Markus Stenz, Oliver Knussen and Franz Welser-Möst. He has been chosen to give a recital as part of the South Bank Centre’s Xenakis Weekend and was specially requested by Elliot Carter to play at the BBC Barbican Weekend with a programme of the composer’s choice.