Wendy Rolfe

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Wendy Rolfe is one of the United States' leading performers on historical and modern flutes. She has just released the recording, “Images of Eve”, with pianist Deborah DeWolf Emery and Brazilian guest artists. (“Flute Talk Magazine”: “...enchanting album...”). Ms Rolfe was featured in the cover article in “Flute Talk Magazine” in November 2012. In March 2012, she lectured, taught and performed at the Universidad de los Hemisferios, in Quito, Ecuador, as a Fulbright Program Senior Specialist in American Music. Ms Rolfe has also toured the USA with a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, presenting her unique “A Journey Through Music History with the Flute”. This program illuminates musical history with flutes from her own collection, including an 1818 Claude Laurent crystal flute. She is featured on Gothic Recording’s “Trio Sonatas of J.S. Bach”, with Christa Rakich.

Ms Rolfe was a Tanglewood Fellow and has also performed at the Waterloo, Monadnock, and Buzzards Bay Festivals and the Boston Early Music and Connecticut Early Music Festivals. In June 2013, she returned as guest artist and professor at the Festival Internacional Festival de Flautistas en el Mitad del Mundo, in Quito Ecuador. Ms. Rolfe has also performed and taught at the International Flute Festival in Lima, Peru, the Flautas de Caribe Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and at the International Summer Festival in Brasilia, Brazil. She has performed at the BBC Proms Festival in London, England, and the Festival Casals in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ms Rolfe has presented master classes on Baroque improvisation at Louisiana State University, was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and Guest Artist at the Texas Flute Society Flute Fair. Ms. Rolfe has also presented lecture recitals and master classes in the USA at the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Universities of Michigan, Wisconsin, Youngstown and Kent State, and Ohio State. She has been guest artist at The Flute Society of St. Louis, and the Northern Ohio and Greater Boston Flute Associations.

Ms. Rolfe performs, records and tours with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, New York's Concert Royal, Toronto's Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and others. She was a guest artist on Tafelmusik’s Beethoven Fifth and Sixth Symphonies recording, which received a Juno (Canada’s “Grammy”) Award. She again recorded Beethoven with the orchestra in 2013, including his First and Second Symphonies. She can be heard with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra on the soundtrack of the Disney/Touchstone film, “Casanova”. Other notable recordings include performing as a guest artist on “Odette”, selected by Brazilian Radio MEC (Ministry of Radio and Culture) as its Classical CD release of the year, in the J. S. Bach “Magnificat”, with Boston Baroque, released by Telarc, and as a featured instrumentalist on the Handel and Haydn Society's “All is Bright” which debuted on the Billboard Classical Charts. Ms. Rolfe has recorded for Decca, Analekta, Telarc, CRI, Neuma and others. She was featured performing on historical flutes from her collection on Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, “Thomas Jefferson”.

Ms. Rolfe frequently tours Brazil, giving recitals and master classes at the Universities of Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Campinas and Rio. Currently, Ms Rolfe assists with the Flautistas da Pro Arte education program in Rio de Janeiro. She and leading Brazilian pianist Maria Jose Carrasqueira released “Images of Brazil”, which features folk-inspired Brazilian music for flute and piano.

Ms. Rolfe co-commissioned with a Consortium Commission from the NEA several of the twentieth century's most important works for the flute. With Odyssey, she commissioned and premiered numerous works by Brooklyn composers.

As Director of Odyssey Chamber Players, Ms. Rolfe helped to create and oversaw outreach programs for thousands of schoolchildren in Brooklyn, New York, as part of Odyssey's Residency at the Brooklyn Music School. This Residency was recognized with a prestigious C. Michael Paul Grant from Chamber Music America. In addition, she created outreach programs for elementary through high school students in Wareham, Mass., and performed with Odyssey for Head Start and for senior centers. She wrote and oversaw grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for over a dozen years, grants from the NY State Council on the Arts and the Mass. Cultural Council, from corporations such as Con Edison, Citibank, and Brooklyn Union Gas corporations, and the Edward John Noble, C. M. Paul, Shawmut and Stone Foundations.

While on the Board of Directors of the National Flute Association, Ms. Rolfe was asked to become Chair of the NFA Cultural Outreach Committee, on which she still serves. She has performed on numerous NFA Convention programs, most recently with the World Flutes Ensemble (which she co-directs) in 2011 and 2012, and with the Flute Orchestra of the Americas in 2013.

Professor of Flute at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Ms. Rolfe has also taught at Amherst and Mt. Holyoke Colleges. She earned the D.M.A, and M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music with Harvey Sollberger, and the B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory with Robert Willoughby. She also studied with Marcel Moyse, Lois Schaefer, Janice Smith, and Thomas Nyfenger, and performed in master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Barthold Kuijken.

Ms. Rolfe will be performing as a guest soloist in the Tri-County Symphonic Band's March 26, 2017 “Celebrating Women Composers” concert.

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