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I had a great time talking with Robert McClure for his Lexical Tones podcast this week! It was fun to share stories and music (including multiple world premieres) by Kirk O’Riordan, Rasa Daukus, Kala Pierson, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Anthony J. Lanman, and James Mobberley. You can hear my interview by following this link.


On March 13, I will be the featured performer of the Muhlenberg Contemporary Music Festival at Muhlenberg College. My solo recital titled "Reflections of Light and Dark: Evocative Compositions from 2013-2020", features music by Anthony J. Lanman, James Mobberley, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Rasa Daukus, David Rakowski, J.M Gerraughty, and Kirk O'Riordan.

Info: 7:30 PM, Recital Hall of the Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA


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Autumn Winds will be released on February 14. You can pre-order the CD here.


I will be performing on a CD release concert celebrating the Autumn Winds on March 27 at Lafayette College. The concert of music by Kirk O'Riordan will feature my solo performance of Beautiful Nightmares as well as chamber performances of O'Riordan's Prayer Stones (the version for Cello and Piano, with cellist Larry Stomberg); Bergstresser Songs with mezzo-soprano Noel Archambault; and Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano with Kirk O'Riordan.

The concert is Friday, March 27 at 8pm, at the Williams Center for the Arts. Tickets are free and available at the Williams Center Box Office.


What people are saying

Holly Roadfeldt is utterly convincing in both her Chopin and O’Riordan. This performance is likely to be remembered as one of her most celebrated and deservedly so; every note of her Chopin sounds fresh and alive, and her varied touch perfectly matches the mood of each piece – and all are conjured up with a breathtaking sense of elation. Roadfeldt’s performance of O’Riordan’s work is similarly beckoning. Her genuine musicality and instinct for idiom seems magically suited for the works. She always navigates the flashy finger work with ear-catching precision as well as with a lightness and control that is wholly affecting. Ever-mindful of the subtlety of mood and hue in each O’Riordan miniature Holly O’Riordan brings her enviable polyphonic acumen and dance-oriented conception to operate at full capacity on a deep and (equally) subtle level as she negotiates both composers with equal facility.

- Raul da Gama World Music Report

In her performance of these works, Roadfeldt takes claim to one of the most iconic pieces in the solo piano repertoire, and also annoints O’Riordan’s new work as an impressive achievement among Classical music’s greatest sets of piano preludes….Roadfeldt’s performance of the Chopin unquestionably captures the elegance, power, and intimacy that the composer explores in these pioneering preludes. [She] molds the piano’s sound in THE PRELUDES PROJECT, and, in her masterful rendering of Chopin and O’Riordan’s pieces, brings these two works side-by-side. As a result, one should consider Roadfeldt’s performance on this album as significant a contribution to piano music as the compositions she performs.

- Garrett Schumann PARMA Recordings

Everyone has their personal favorite recording of these pieces. Roadfeldt’s are equally fine interpretations demonstrating her excellent expressive abilities and technique. The sound itself is quite stellar. Often these are paired with other Chopin pieces and tend to be overshadowed as a result. Here the listener can sit back and explore these often beautiful works. There are some exquisite moments throughout this performance…At the cost of a single CD, this Ravello set will certainly be worth tracking down for fans of contemporary piano music with the bonus of hearing Roadfeldt’s interpretations of the Chopin being equally worthy of consideration. Certainly, hearing her explore additional repertoire heard in her concert performances would be a welcome addition to the discography.

- Janet Smith Cinemusical