Patti Wolf
  • Assistant Professor of Practice in Collaborative Piano
Office Location: MRH 4.176
  • Collaborative Piano

Since being chosen at age nineteen as the youngest competitor of the 1985 Van Cliburn Competition, Patti Wolf has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has collaborated in recital with many of the world’s most distinguished musical artists, such as cellist Lynn Harrell, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, flutist Carol Wincenc, violinist Ilya Kaler, concertmasters Glenn Dicterow, Andrés Cárdenas, David Halen and Nina Bodnar, soprano Erin Wall, Chicago Symphony principal horn Dale Clevenger, and renowned German horn soloist and recording artist Hermann Baumann. As a collaborative pianist, Ms. Wolf has participated in International Brass Conferences in Chicago, Kansas City, and San Francisco.

A scholarship student of Jane Allen at the Saint Louis Conservatory, Ms. Wolf later studied with Joseph Kalichstein at the Juilliard School, where she received a Bachelor of Music in 1987. In 1989 she earned a Masters Degree from Yale University School of Music, working with Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, and Boris Berman. Ms. Wolf’s numerous awards and honors include the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, the American Music Scholarship Association, the Artists’ Presentation Society, Music of the Americas, and the Yale Alumni Association Award. 

From 2001 to 2009 Ms. Wolf was a staff collaborative pianist at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, performing a repertoire of over 200 recitals. She has also served on the faculties of Washington University and Maryville University in St. Louis. She has performed and given master classes at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Westminster College, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Iowa, University of Houston, University of Texas-Austin, the Chautauqua Piano Program and the Juilliard School of Music.

In August of 2004, Ms. Wolf made her Chautauqua, New York debut, playing a duo recital with Hungarian pianist, Peter Frankl. Subsequently, she has appeared on an almost annual basis with the Audubon Quartet, the Chautauqua Wind Quintet and the Chautauqua String Quartet.  In 2010, she performed the Grieg piano concerto with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, America’s oldest summer festival orchestra. Summer engagements have taken her to the Marrowstone Festival, the Cactus Pear Festival, Strings in the Mountains, Garth Newel, and the Aspen Festival, where she worked as an accompanying fellow.

As a soloist she has appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Saint Louis Philharmonic, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and has performed under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Raymond Leppard, and many others. Recently, Ms. Wolf was a guest artist with the Olmos Ensemble in San Antonio and is featured on their first CD, Olmos Live, performing the John Harbison trio for piano, violin, and horn.

Before her move to Austin, Ms. Wolf lived in St. Louis for the past 8 years, where she was a member of the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis and a frequent guest with the Saint Louis Symphony.  Ms. Wolf has two daughters, one in college, one in high school, and a Basset Houndish mutt named Buster, who is not currently in school.