ROLLIN WILBER, pianist and artistic director


Rollin Wilber, pianist, was raised in the New York City area, within an extended family of professional musicians (father 1st Horn with the NY Philharmonic; mother, 1st Horn with the New York City Ballet Orchestra). He began piano studies at age eight with his grandmother, a rare female concert violinist in 1900, and started performing publicly at the age of 16. He graduated from high school one year early and began studies with Temple University’s Mr. Maryan Filar, internationally acclaimed pianist and Chopin interpreter.

He has been an active recitalist for the last forty years, including performing numerous concerto solos with local orchestras. His background is extensive in chamber music and accompanying; he performed regularly with his own piano-violin-cello trio in the 1990’s. He teaches piano, and is a composer of piano and vocal works, and written works performed for the theater. He created his own series of dramatic narratives within a music recital, presented as “Stories in Concert”, and developed original seminars called the “Art of Listening” series, exploring the language of expression in live music, and debuting it at the Chautauqua Summer Institute in the summer of 2000.

A founder of the music presenting and performing group, FINE ART MUSIC COMPANY created in 2010, he helped develop a series of seasonal performances at IVY HALL, on historic Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, where the group acts as artist-in-residence, creating full seasons of intimate music programs given in Ivy Hall’s restored ballroom.

Most recently, he is the performing pianist for the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, and is the director of a new concert series at their Ethical Society Building on Rittenhouse Square, in Center City, Philadelphia, under the auspices of that group in collaboration with Fine Art Music Company. He is developing a growing series of salon-styled concerts and seminars with creative programming and an emphasis on the deepening of audience involvement and musical understanding in performance.

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