About Catherine Rollin
Catherine Rollin is a pianist, composer, clinician, author and teacher of prize-winning students. Her more than 400 published pedagogical compositions are recognized worldwide for their combination of musicality and “teachability.” As a clinician, Catherine has given over 300 workshops and masterclasses throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Taiwan. Her efforts as a composer, clinician and author are an outgrowth of her work as a teacher. Finding the answers to help her students develop artistic, relaxed and confident technical skills led Catherine to insights featured in her ground breaking series, “Pathways to Artistry.” Catherine’s ASCAP award winning books, “Museum Masterpieces” feature her original piano works inspired by great art masterpieces from museums around the world. Catherine wrote this series after seeing how her students’ creativity was sparked by artwork imagery. She is also the co-author of the 2011 edition of the highly regarded college text, “Creative Piano Teaching.” All of the many facets of Catherine’s work emanate from her central passion for teaching.
A few fun facts: Catherine is a chocoholic. She thinks most pianists have this in common. She is left handed and has perfect pitch. (She thinks that there are a disproportionate group of lefties with perfect pitch in the world and hopes someone might research this someday for their doctoral thesis! ) She wrote her “Summer” pieces in honor of her daughter “Summer.” Catherine is married and her husband is a piano teacher and tuner. Catherine loves meeting piano teachers, piano students and piano music afficianados and feels very blessed that her work has brought her in touch with incredibly interesting and passionate music lovers from all over the world.
Catherine’s students have won many honors. Among these are several national finalists in solo piano, duet and composition competitions of the MTNA, as well as solo piano competitions sponsored by the NFMC, the Chopin Foundation of the United States, and many more. Her students have also performed with several orchestras.