The duoARtia Piano Ensemble to Open Dana New Music Festival 28

The New Music Society is pleased to host the newly-founded duoARtia at the opening concert of the Dana New Music Festival 8:00 pm, Monday, April 23 in Bliss Recital Hall. The group is comprised of pianists Jeri-Mae Astolfi (Wisconsin) and Holly Roadfeldt (New York). Both pianists individually promote works of 20th and 21st century composers. Realizing they shared similar artistic goals, they joined to form duoARtia and launched their performances in the 2011-2012 season. On this tour they have collaborated with three composers; Robert Rollin at YSU, Daniel Perttu at Westminster College, and Federico Garcia at Chatham College in Pittsburgh. Works by all three composers are including on each school’s program. Next season they plan to include more newly-commissioned works.


Press Photo Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi ( Photo Holly Roadfeldt (

Canadian born Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi has studied in at the University of Alberta, McGill University, and the University of Minnesota where she completed her doctorate. She has received many awards, scholarships, and grants, and has traveled extensively as performer, lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator throughout Canada, the U.S., and abroad. A specialist in contemporary music she has commissioned and premiered many new solo and collaborative works, and is recorded on Capstone Records, Albany Records, and on various anthology recordings for the Society of Composers Inc. Performers Recording Series. Astolfi is currently on the music faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

American Holly Roadfeldt studied at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is active as a pianist of standard and eclectic music and has participated in several international competitions, being a semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competitions in 1998 and 2001, and winning one of the top prizes of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competitions resulting in a performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She is active as a chamber musician and soloist performing across the U.S. and in Europe and Asia with other established concert artists. Currently she teaches at Lafayette College and has a private studio in New York City.

Dana School of Music

The recital at Dana will feature Two Contrasts for Two Pianos, by Dana faculty member Robert Rollin, Livre pour deux pianos by Federico Garcia, Humming Spheres by Kirk O’Riordan, and Toccato for Piano Duo by Daniel Perttu, a work commissioned by duoARtia. The program also includes Paganini Variations by Witold Lutoslawski, Seven Pieces from Mikrokosmos by Béla Bartók, and La Valse by Maurice Ravel.

The concert is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the adjoining deck for a nominal fee.

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Posted on April 13, 2012, in News and Events. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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