Neil Rolnick



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Wednesday June 19 - 7:30pm
New York City Dance Week presents a partial performance of Messages in a workshop setting, with choreographer Julia Bengtsson and dancer Mauricio Vera.

Saturday June 29 - 7pm
The Higher Ground Festival, at the Anne Loftus Playground in Fort Tryon Park in NYC, The premiere of Messages, Neil’s collaboration with choreographer Julia Bengtsson and dancer Mauricio Vera.

Saturday July 13 - 7:30pm
Crested Butte Music Festival, Crested Butte, CO. VOXARE String Quartet will perform Oceans Eat Cities in a special concert devoted to the environment, and will record it for a new release of Neil’s music on Albany Records.

Saturday, October 26 - Time TBA
The Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA presents Neil, Kathleen Supové and Jennifer Choi in a concert of Neil’s music, including the premiere of Moving On for piano and computer.

Saturday, November 4 - Time & venue TBA
Portland, OR. Kathleen Supové will perform Moving On, for piano and computer, as part of her Migrations program.

Tuesday, November 12 - Time TBA
Roulette, Brooklyn, NY presents a concert of Neil’s recent work, including the New York City premiere of Moving On for piano and computer, along with Messages, Declaration, and Deal With The Devil. With Kathleen Supové, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; Mellissa Hughes, soprano; Tomás Cruz, tenor; Bill Solomon, percussion; Julia Bengtsson, choreography; Steve Brodner, visuals.


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Cello Ex Machina @ National Sawdust


Silicon Breath @ Roulette


Gardening At Gropius House (excerpt)



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Deviant Septet was awarded a 2017 New Music USA Projects Grant for the development of Neil's monodrama Cordelia, with soprano Mellissa Hughes and a libretto by Larry Beinhart.

Neil has been awarded a Bogliasco Fellowship for a residency at the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy, in April and May 2017.  He will be working on Deal With The Devil for violinist Jennifer Choi and pianist Kathleen Supove.

Neil received a 2016 ArtsLink Grant for a two week residency with Omen Theater in Belgrade Serbia.

Neil's CD  Ex Machina has "an immediacy and ever-permutating spontaneity ... that is as playful as it is serious."  Read Greg Applegate's Nov. 2016 review on

Anne Midgette calls Neil's performance at Atlas Performing Arts "a terrific concert" in her Washington Post review , January 31, 2016

Gardening At Gropius House is discussed in CNN.Style, July 2015. feature article on Neil's use of sampling in A Robert Johnson Sampler, Feb 21 2014

Feature interview by Frank J. Oteri on, April 2013

MONO Prelude has "a haunting spoken text ... with driven, vital music." Allan Kozinn's NY Times review of the CD release concert for Extended Family. January 14, 2011. 

The Economic Engine "presents a wondrous atmosphere that leaves the listener in a liminal space between two cultures." American Record Guide(March/April 2010)

Priscilla McLean calls Extended Family "one of Rolnick's best works" in her review of his concert at EMPAC.  Albany Times Union, February 18, 2010.

The Economic Engine CD is on the NY Times' classical critics' list of "best Classical CDs of 2009." November 27, 2009 

"Rolnick's music is a vivid and vigorous hybrid of idioms," Anne MidgetteThe Washington Post, October 6, 2009