Biography

Nancy Roldán, Pianist

Recognized "excellent pianist" by New York critics, and admired for the "beauty and clarity" of her tone and for her ability to "breathe life into the score," Argentine born pianist Nancy Roldán has concertized worldwide in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, YASI Piano Salon, and the Bösendorfer Saal, interpreting solo, chamber music, and repertory with orchestras. Several of her recitals have been broadcast live in Europe and the Americas. Special concerts include Homage to Casals (University of PR), 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, Piano Portraits of Latin America for the MTNA convention in Salt Lake City, and several appearances in International Festivals such as Ravello Festival in Italy, Buenos Aires 2000 IDRS Festival, the American Liszt Society's Festivals in Washington, DC, Georgia, Virginia, and the Great Romantics Festival in Canada. In 2016 she and violinist José Cueto were featured artists performing the opening recital at the Alba Music Festival in Piedmonte, Italy.

Passionate for the performance of traditional as well as contemporary repertory, she has premiered numerous compositions for solo and chamber ensembles, many of which have been dedicated to her. Premieres in this category include works by Thomas Benjamin, Bryan Dykstra, Daniel Thomas Davis, Russell Nadel, Jorge Villavicencio-Grossman, and Andrew Gerle. She has also performed USA premieres of works by Argentine composers such as Carlos Guastavino – whose work she has championed since her early career. Her fascination with Tango and the music of Astor Piazzolla motivated her to transcribe several of his works for violin and piano. These works are featured in her celebrated 2016 CD Piazzolla, Here & Now — recorded in collaboration with violinist José Cueto and actress Gabriella Cavallero. Previous recordings include Horizons: Solo Piano Music of Latin America; Music of the Americas for two pianos, with duo piano partner Noel Lester (1951-2016); Celebrations, Music of Thomas Benjamin; and Argentina … Long Ago featuring solo and chamber music from Argentina. These collections reflect her personal mission to bring to the public music rarely heard. She has also produced On Wings of Angels and Remembrance with Mr. Cueto, and the 30th Anniversary CD Celebration with Noel Lester. She continues an active career as recitalist and collaborator.

Nancy Roldán’s commitment to teaching and mentoring young musicians inspired an important creation.  In 2005, as president of the American Liszt Society’s Baltimore-Washington Chapter (ALSBW), she created an event that would mirror her teaching and mentoring quest founding a festival and competition that promotes the performance of Traditional and Modern repertory with emphasis on the music of Franz Liszt and American Composers and addresses the importance of Music and Musicians in Society. Franz Liszt — composer, pianist, whose humanitarian and musical role of service extended to the worldwide community, is at the heart of this creation. The Liszt-Garrison Festival & International Competition inaugurated in 2005, was held at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Maryland from 2006 through 2015. The event continues in 2017 as Franz Liszt Festival and International Competition in its new venue at The Ohio State University, under the aegis of the American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter. To Roldan’s delight … “the search for remarkable musicians, humanitarian artists who are aware there is something to share beyond the prowess of performance, has not been in vain.”

Dr. Roldán has been the recipient of several distinctions, a list of which appears here. Some aspects of her career are featured in the American Liszt Society Newsletter Interview (2014: 30-2) and others appear in the 2016 September/October Interview in Fanfare Magazine. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society.

In 2007 she retired from her full-time Faculty position at Johns Hopkins University (Peabody Conservatory: 1976-2007). Previous teaching appointments include the University of Puerto Rico and the PR Conservatory of Music then associated with the Festival Casals (1968-1974), UMBC, and UNC in Argentina. Dr. Roldán presents master classes, lectures and workshops on several performance related topics with emphasis on the Power of Joy and Wellness in performance — available to all audiences, serves as competition adjudicator, and maintains a private and consulting studio in Maryland. For additional information on available workshops please visit here. She has presented master classes/workshops in the USA and abroad, including Brazil, Argentina, and Italy. Nancy Roldán is a graduate from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNC) in Argentina and has received master and doctorate degrees from the Peabody Conservatory at The Johns Hopkins University.

Upcoming 2017 engagements include appearances at St. Mary’s College of Maryland Artist Concert Series, Music at Penn Alps, the Hood Chamber Music Series, and LEGACY, the 2017 Franz Liszt Festival and International Competition for pianists and duos with piano in Ohio.

Click here for reviews and interview from Fanfare Magazine