Pianist Elizabeth Wolff is Director of Music at Lake Willoughby, Co-Director of CMR at Vassar and Founder/Director of 'ATM' celebrating its 6th year in 2011.
Miss Wolff is recipient of numerous awards and sponsorships including the Pro Musicis Foundation's International Award, The Belsky Music Award, a Music at La Gesse Fellowship, and The Jerome Foundation recording grant. In New York, she was presented three times as recitalist on The Distinguished Artist Series at The Tisch Center of the 92nd Street 'Y', as well as by Pro Musicis at Merkin Concert Hall and Florence Gould Hall, by The Metropolitan Museum of Art for their instrument collection, and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Miss Wolff's affinity for and love of the piano works of Rachmaninoff have garnered special notice. She was guest soloist on WQXR's "Russian Nights" special broadcast and she has conducted master classes as well as performed in recital at the renowned Rachmaninoff Institute in Tambov, Russia.Â Of Miss Wolff's recording of the Six Moments Musicaux, Opus 16, American Record Guide noted, "I have never heard anything quite like the enchanting soft playing in No. 5, and No. 6 is a remarkable performance...a stimulating and musical pianist." The CD can be obtained by visiting her website at www.elizabethwolff.com.Elizabeth Wolff's commitment to teaching is demonstrated through the broad range of her educational activities. These include an adjunct lectureship at Hunter College, presentations for The College Music Society, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the NJ and NY Piano Teachers Congress, her lecture/recital series entitled Minding the Score, chamber music coaching in affiliation with Chamber Music Associates, and her class of individual students. Her most recent endeavor, Access To Music, has been established to introduce and promote new piano works by contemporary composers. The inaugural concert took place in the Twin Cities in October, 2005. In collaboration with HARC, the most recent ATM concert was held in Los Angeles on September 21, 2008. The most recent ATM concert was in Denver, on May 15, 2011.Miss Wolff received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Science degree from The Juilliard School where she was a scholarship student of Rosina Lhevinne. Other teachers include Seymour Bernstein, Jeaneane Dowis, and Benjamin Kaplan.
Access To Music was created to nurture greater interest in contemporary works for piano. Its mission is to encourage more pianists to seek out and champion a composer for the long run, rather than the short haul of an engagement, as well as to stimulate interest from composers to write solo works for the piano.