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Susan Rotholz, flute

Rotholz and Bailen

Susan Rotholz and Eliot Bailen
Photo by Peter Weitzner

Susan Rotholz, flutist, winner of 1986 Young Concert Artists with Hexagon Piano and Winds and Concert Artists Guild as a soloist in 1981 has been praised by the New York Times as “irresistible in both music and performance.” In demand as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Susan is Principal flute of the Greenwich Symphony, Encores! at City Center and the New York Chamber Ensemble. Susan is currently a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The New York Pops and the Little Orchestra Society. She has toured extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and performs with the American Symphony, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Westchester Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Susan is co-founder/director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble and the Rodeph Sholom Chamber Music Series and performs each season with the Cape May Music Festival, Greenwich Chamber Players, Saratoga Chamber Players and the Sebago Long Lake Chamber Music Festival. Her other festival appearances include the Grand Teton, Caramoor, and Marlboro Music Festivals. For over twenty-five years, Susan was principal flute of the New England Bach Festival conducted by Blanche Honneger Moyse. Susan recorded the complete Bach Flute Sonatas and the Solo Partita with Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, on the Bridge Records label which the Wall Street Journal described as “eloquent and musically persuasive.”

Susan has commissioned and premiered many new works by such composers as Robert Beaser, Elizabeth Brown and Edie Hill and has recorded George Crumb's Night of Four Moons with the acclaimed soprano, Dawn Upshaw, for Nonesuch Records. A devoted teacher and chamber music coach, Susan teaches at the Colorado College Music Festival in Colorado Springs and during the year at Columbia University, Queens College: Aaron Copland School of Music and Manhattan School of Music Pre-College. Her principal teachers were Thomas Nyfenger and Marcel Moyse and she holds degrees from Queens College (BM) and Yale School of Music (MM). In 2002 she received the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking. She lives in New York with her cellist/composer husband, Eliot Bailen, and their three children.

October 20, 2012