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Winner of the Sonderpreis Klavier (Special Pianists’ Prize) at the 2016 Internationaler Wettbewerb für Liedkunst Stuttgart, Renate Rohlfing’s performances have taken her to festivals and halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Ms. Rohlfing is known for “masterfully blending colors and crafting lyrical, breathing phrases” (New York Classical Review); and is a Second Prize winner of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition.
Ms. Rohlfing has served as a resident pianist at prestigious festivals such as the Cincinnati May Festival under the baton of James Conlon, and was invited for four seasons to return to The Ravinia Festival in
Chicago. Recent and upcoming highlights include engagements at the National Gallery of Art, Wigmore Hall, Schloss Elmau, and the Isabella Gardner Museum; recitals with baritone Äneas Humm at Musikfest Bremen, The Lucerne Festival, Schloss Bellevue, and Beethoven Haus Bonn; with a return to music staff at Spoleto Festival USA.
As a graduate of NYU's Master's of Music Psychotherapy program and a board-certified music therapist, Ms. Rohlfing is passionate about integrating music and public health, and teaching musicians to augment their skills to create stronger communities. She is focused on researching the impact of music on neurodiverse populations, particularly children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and develops projects that use musical and creative resources to solve challenges, process grief, enhance connections and empower communities affected by violence. Ms. Rohlfing also writes for Psychology Today about the therapeutic benefits of musical expression on her blog, Music on My Mind. Renate is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, where she teaches Psychology of Music. She loves animals, is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, and is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
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