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.
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 MM from Yale University School of Music, working with Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, and Boris Berman.
From 2001 to 2009 Ms. Wolf was a 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, Clemson University, Eastman School of Music, 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 pianist, Peter Frankl. Subsequently, she has appeared on an almost annual basis, playing with ensembles such as 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.
In 2017, Ms. Wolf was appointed to the faculty at the University of Texas, Austin, Butler School of Music where she is assistant professor in collaborative piano. She performs regularly with faculty members and recently was a guest with the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and HeightsArts in Cleveland, Oh, performing with musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra.