Founder, Executive Artistic Director, Pianist, and Playwright of ERC.
Ms. Wolf’s script, Anna Akhmatova: The Heart Is Not Made of Stone, produced at BAM in April 2016, was chosen as a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Ms. Wolf also performed in the production, which The New York Times praised as “Engrossing…gorgeous…” with “rapturous accounts of Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich…” Her 2015 script Jules Verne: From the Earth to The Moon was produced at BAM in 2015, and also garnered a New York Times Critics’ Pick, hailing the production as “a dazzling musical and multimedia paean to human aspiration…sheer poetry.” The musicians’ playing, which included Ms. Wolf, was described as “a first-rate chamber ensemble…exquisite, alternately delicate and muscular…” Critics also called Ms. Wolf “an absolute star on the piano, emitting brilliant light,” in ERC’s June 2015 production of The Sorrows of Young Werther at Symphony Space in New York.
Ms. Wolf founded Ensemble for the Romantic Century in 2001 with the mission of creating an innovative and dramatic concert format in which the emotions revealed in memoirs, letters, diaries, and literature are dramatically interwoven with music, thus bringing to life the sensations and passions of a bygone era. For the past fifteen seasons, Ms. Wolf has written scripts for more than twenty-five of ERC’s theatrical concerts and has performed in most of the ensemble’s forty-plus original productions. Some highlights include Ms. Wolf’s scripts for Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart, which was performed at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA during the summer of 2013 and at BAM in March 2014. Critics praised the production as “Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful…five star talent…” and described Ms. Wolf’s playing as “achingly beautiful.”
Other highlights include Van Gogh’s Ear at the Festival de Musique de Chambre de Montréal; Fanny Mendelssohn: Out of her Brother’s Shadow commissioned by the Jewish Museum of New York; and The Dreyfus Affair and Peggy Guggenheim Stripped Bare by her Bachelors. In 2009, she performed before a sold-out audience at the Sale Apollinee of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in the Italian production of her script, Toscanini: Nel mio cuore troppo di assoluto. During the 2010-11 season, Ms. Wolf was the featured soloist in the theatrical concert Beethoven Love Elegies, for which she wrote the script. She also wrote the scripts for Jekyll & Hyde (2013), in which she was a featured soloist, and Frankenstein: Every Woman’s Nightmare (2013).
Ms. Wolf has appeared in Europe and the United States as a chamber musician and soloist. She received a BA in Art History from Columbia University and an MA in Piano Performance from New York University. She is currently on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music and Columbia University-Teachers College, and has been a professional mentor at The Juilliard School. Ms. Wolf’s central teacher and mentor is Seymour Bernstein, whose life and work is the subject of a critically acclaimed 2015 documentary by Ethan Hawke called Seymour: An Introduction. Other teachers have included Richard Goode, Peter Serkin, and Paul Badura-Skoda. Ms. Wolf has taught her seminar “Confronting Memory: Memory Techniques for Musicians” in the United States and abroad.