Pianist and director Sarah Rothenberg has been artistic director of Da Camera in Houston since 1994 and general director since 2011. Previously, she was co-founding artistic director of the Bard Music Festival.
Her interdisciplinary productions linking music, literature, and art have been presented by Great Performers at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, The Getty Museum, Barbican Centre, The Concertgebouw, and across the U.S., and include A Proust Sonata (NY premiere in January 2018 at Alliance Francaise), The Blue Rider (Miller Theater and Works & Process at the Guggenheim), Moondrunk (Lincoln Center New Visions), and In the Garden of Dreams, as well as programs on Kafka, Akhmatova, Thomas Mann and collaborations with poets John Ashbery, Cees Nooteboom, and Adam Zagajewski. She premiered and appeared in over 75 performances of Martha Clarke’s Cheri at the Signature Theater, Covent Garden, and Ravenna Festival. An award winning recording artist, her most recent CDs are Rothko Chapel: Feldman, Satie, Cage on ECM and Messiaen Visions de l’Amen with Marilyn Nonken on Bridge. Her research and performances include U.S. premieres and recordings of works of Fanny Mendelssohn (Das Jahr) and Russian avant-garde composers of the 1910’s-20’s Nikolai Roslavetz, Alexander Mosolov, and Arthur Lourié. She has also performed over 80 world premieres, including works of Charles Wuorinen, Joan Tower, Tobias Picker, Gunther Schuller, Oliver Lake, and George Tsontakis. Her writings appear in Threepenny Review, Brick, Conjunctions, Nexus, and The Musical Quarterly. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she studied the music of Olivier Messiaen in Paris with the composer’s wife, pianist Yvonne Loriod. In 2000, she received the Medal of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government.