Biography

Argentine born pianist Nancy Roldán has concertized in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America, including her native Argentina. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, YASI Piano Salon, and the Bösendorfer Saal among other venues, interpreting solo, chamber music, and repertory with orchestras. She has performed under the baton of maestros Pedro Calderón, Victor Tevah, Jorge Fontenla, Ernest Green, Kenneth Kiesler, Edward Polochick, Ernest Liotti, Frederick Prausnitz, and Gene Young.

Special concerts include Homage to Casals, duo and four-hand recitals with pianist and teacher Jesús María Sanromá in Puerto Rico, the First Argentine Pianists' Marathon at the Argentine Embassy in New York, Peabody's film "The mind of Music," "The Golden Age of Tango" at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the "Festival of the Latin-American Arts" in Pennsylvania, and "Piano Portraits of Latin America" at the 2003 MTNA convention in Salt Lake City among other. She has been guest artist in solo and chamber music performances in International Festivals such as the Ravello Festival in Italy, American Liszt Society's Festivals in Washington, DC. and Georgia, the Buenos Aires 2000 IDRS Festival, and the Hamilton, Great Romantics Festival in Canada. Several of her performances have been broadcast live in Europe and the Americas.

Recognized "excellent pianist" by New York critics, admired for the "beauty and clarity" of her tone, and for her ability to "breathe life into the score," Ms. Roldán has premiered numerous compositions by contemporary composers including Argentine Carlos Guastavino whose work she has championed since her early career. Recent premieres of living composers include works by Thomas Benjamin, Bryan Dykstra, Daniel Thomas Davis, Russell Nadel, and Luis J. González. Nancy Roldán is member of the two-piano team Lester/Roldán, the violin-piano duo Roldán/Cueto. Distinctions and prizes include First Prize National University of Cuyo’s Thirtieth Anniversary competition, Argentina; Distinguished Alumnae Award, also UNC; Logia Cosmos 1971 gold medal; tour-travel grants, and two Faculty Development Grants from the Peabody Conservatory at The Johns Hopkins University.

Several recordings such as Horizons: Solo Piano Music of Latin America, Music of the Americas with duo piano partner Noel Lester, Celebrations, Music of Thomas Benjamin, and Homage, solo and chamber music from Argentina reflect her desire to bring to the public music rarely heard. She has also produced On Wings of Angels and Remembrance with Jose Cueto.

Nancy Roldán is on the Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society and president of the Baltimore Washington Chapter of the Society. In 2004 she founded the Liszt/Garrison Festival and International Piano competition, a bi-annual event hosted by College of Notre Dame of Maryland which she co-directs with Dr. Ernest Ragogini. In 2006 she was awarded a faculty development grant in recognition for her work in developing the festival and competition. Nancy Roldán is a graduate from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina and has received master and doctorate degrees from the Peabody Conservatory at The Johns Hopkins University, where she served as full time faculty since 1976, a position from which she retired in 2007. She maintains a private piano studio in Maryland.

She continues an active career as recitalist, presents master classes, lectures and workshops on several performance related topics with emphasis on "wellness" in performance, and also serves as competition adjudicator. She has presented master classes and workshops in the US and abroad, including Brazil, Argentina, and Italy. Recent engagements include solo piano and duo recitals in Denver, Maryland, New York, and Canada. Upcoming performances include solo engagements and Volver!...Noche de Tango, a fundraiser event on May 30, 2009, to benefit the Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition.