Holly Roadfeldt holds degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. As a soloist, she made her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13 and has also appeared with the University of Colorado Orchestra, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, the Lafayette College Concert Band, and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has performed two concertos with the University of Colorado Wind Ensemble under the direction of Allan McMurray including a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Hamamatsu, Japan. The performance was recorded live and subsequently released by the Kosei Publishing Company of Tokyo, Japan as part of the WASBE Concerts, 1995 compact disc. An excerpt of the performance was also broadcast on Japanese National Television as part of the 1995 WASBE Conference Highlights.
A dedicated performer of contemporary music, Holly has premiered over 70 works for solo piano and for various chamber ensembles. In 1996, she was awarded the prize for the “Best Performance of a 20th Century American Composition” in the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition which resulted in a performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Additional contemporary music honors include being a semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 1998 and 2001 as a contemporary music specialist. In the spring of 2013, Holly premiered works by Kirk O’Riordan, James Leatherbarrow, Kala Pierson, and William Pfaff. For 2013-2014, she will be premiering the solo piano works of Daniel Perttu, Anthony Donofrio, and Kirk O’Riordan. She also recently commissioned a set of piano character pieces by New York composer, Christopher Cresswell, to be written and premiered during the 2014-2015 concert season. She recently completed recording the music (solo piano and chamber) for Kirk O’Riordan’s Strange Flowers CD, which will be released in the fall of 2013 by Parma Records.
Active as a chamber musician and as a soloist, Holly has performed across the United States as well as in Europe and in Asia. She has performed with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony as well as with concert artists Alexa Still, Bonita Boyd, and Marcia Baldwin. As a solo pianist, Holly performs standard and eclectic recital programs and was one of twelve selected pianists to compete in the World International Competition held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the fall of 2007. She is also co-founder of the contemporary piano duo, duoARtia, which was formed with Jeri-Mae Astolfi in 2012. In March of 2013, she collaborated with the Marie Chouinard Dance Company from Montreal giving a live performance of Chopin’s 24 Preludes at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Holly currently has a private studio in New York City, is a professor at Lafayette College and serves as master piano faculty with distinction at The Music School of Delaware. Previously, she taught at the University of Delaware, Susquehanna University, Gettysburg College, University of Colorado-Boulder, Indiana University, Glendale Community College (AZ), Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ), and Paradise Valley Community College (AZ).
Personal Website: HollyRoadfeldt.com