Since being selected at age nineteen as the youngest competitor in the prestigious 1985 Van Cliburn Competition, Patti Wolf has been in demand as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, playing with many of the world’s most distinguished artists. Among the last are collaborations with concertmasters Glenn Dicterow of the New York Philharmonic, Andreas Cardenas of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Nina Bodnar, formerly of the Saint Louis Symphony, recital appearances with the Chicago Symphony’s principal horn, Dale Clevenger, and collaboration with the renowned horn soloist Hermann Baumann. In August of 2004, Ms. Wolf made her debut in Chautauqua playing a duo piano recital with Peter Frankl. Subsequently, she has appeared with the Audubon Quartet in 2005 and flutist Carol Wincenc in 2007. As a soloist she has appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and has performed under the batons of Leonard Slatkin, Catherine Comet, Raymond Leppard, and many others. Upcoming concerts include a recital with cellist Lynn Harrell and return collaboration with the Audubon Quartet.
As an accompanist, Ms. Wolf has been invited to several International Brass Conferences in Chicago and Kansas City, and she has performed in recital at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Westminster College, the Eastman School, and the University of Iowa. Summer engagements have taken her to the Marrowstone Festival, the Cactus Pear Festival, Strings in the Mountains, and the Aspen Music Festival, where she worked as an accompanying fellow. Ms. Wolf’s numerous awards and honors include the Kosciuzko Chopin Competition, the American Music Scholarship Association, and the Yale Alumni Association Award. A scholarship student of Jane Allen at the Saint Louis Conservatory, she later worked with Joseph Kalichstein at the Julliard School, receiving a Bachelor of Music in 1987, followed by graduate work at the Yale School of Music under Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, and Boris Berman, receiving her Master’s degree in 1989. In 2001 she joined the staff at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as a collaborative pianist.