Sunday, September 23, 2018 @ 3:00PM
Steinway Society Members: $15
General Admission: $20
Admission payable at the door
Catherine Rollin is an active pianist, composer, clinician, author and teacher. Catherine has over 400 compositions published by Alfred Publishing Company. Well known for her pedagogical works, Catherine’s pieces are recognized worldwide for their combination of musicality and “teachability”. Her 4 book series: Museum Masterpieces – pieces inspired by great works of art – was recognized with an award from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) in 2015. Pieces from this series have been featured in 2 concerts at the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2016 and 2017. In addition to her very large catalogue with Alfred, Catherine’s music is also available in Japan through Zenon Publishing and in Taiwan through Continental Publishing. Her music is currently featured on many prestigious lists including the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Bulletin, Canada’s Royal Academy of Music syllabus as well as England’s Trinity Exams.
Catherine has also received numerous commissions including those from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Clavier Magazine. Most recently, her MTNA commissioned trio for piano, flute and alto saxophone: Suite Detroit : Sounds of an American City was premiered at the 2018 MTNA national conference in Orlando, Florida. In the past year, her Concerto Romantique and her Concerto in C have been featured with orchestra on 5 continents – North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Her concert work for solo piano “City Suite” was released on the CD “Becomings” by noted pianist Amy Stephens in 2017. She has also been honored to have other concert works performed by artists including former DSO Violinist Geoffrey Applegate and Metropolitan Opera prize winner, Claritha Buggs. As a writer on piano literature and performance, Rollin was distinguished to be invited to be a co-author of the 2011 edition of the highly regarded college text: Creative Piano Teaching.
A noted clinician and masterclass presenter, Catherine has given over 250 workshops in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Taiwan. Among the many topics that Catherine has covered in her workshops are technique and artistry. Catherine’s groundbreaking ideas on the development of physical awareness that leads to greater musical expression are at the core of her 9 book series: Pathways to Artistry. This series has impacted teachers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and Taiwan with translations available in Japanese and Mandarin. Catherine’s insights on compositional style elements has led to her giving numerous workshops that explore teaching and preparing for the performance of the music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Impressionist eras.
In addition to workshops, Catherine has done over 100 master classes in U.S., Canada and Asia. Most recently in June of 2018, Catherine gave intensive master classes in Vancouver, coaching several students who were national finalists in the Canadian Music Competition.
Catherine is passionate about teaching and her students have been recognized with many prestigious state, regional, national and international awards in both piano performance and composition. Catherine’s students have gone on to receive bachelors, masters and doctorates from such prestigious music schools as Eastman, Cincinnati Conservatory, Guildhall School (London), Juilliard, University of Michigan and Moscow Conservatory. Several of her students have attended outstanding academic institutions, among them, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Wellesley, U. of Michigan, Northwestern and Brown.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Catherine received her pre-college training with Mischa Kottler, himself a disciple of Cortot and von Sauer, the latter a pupil of Liszt. Rollin holds the BMA degree with distinction from University of Michigan and the MM from Oakland University. In 2002, Oakland University distinguished Ms. Rollin with its Alumni Arts Achievement Award.
The greatest reward for Catherine is when her music compositions or her work as a teacher helps develop musicians who have lifelong love of and passion for music, whether as professionals or hobbyists.