Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner) and “bright golden honeycomb for a brain” (Roy Doughty, poet), she appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received the Kraeuter Musical Foundation Award for “excellence in chamber music performance.” Anne has performed in venues and festivals throughout the world, including the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria, the Kennedy Center, Princeton University, and Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany, among others. Recent solo shows include performances at the Center for New Music, Maybeck Studio, CNMAT, and the Old First Series in San Francisco. When not at the piano, she enjoys running, camping, watching baseball games, reading fiction, and hanging out with her cat, Ernie.
Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner) and “bright golden honeycomb for a brain” (Roy Doughty, poet), she appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Anne has collaborated with and premiered works by Stuart Saunders Smith, Nils Vigeland, Jude Traxler, Danny Clay, Ken Thomson, Matthew Hough, and Brett Dietz. She also works regularly with the contemporary piano ensemble New Keys, trombonist William Lang, and mezzo-soprano Melinda Becker.
A feisty agent for new music, Anne has presented contemporary programs at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Cornelia Street Café, CNMAT, and the Center for New Music, and has also performed with the Mendocino Music Festival and Nevada County Composers Cooperative on multiple occasions. Highlights of the 2018 include a fundraiser for and recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, solo shows at Maybeck Studio in Berkeley and Seventh Avenue Performances in San Francisco, a piano and electronics show at CNMAT in Berkeley in coordination with composer Matthew Hough, and performances in New York on the BLUEPRINTS piano series and at Areté Venue and Gallery. In the following season, Anne is looking forward to the release of her Goldberg Variations album, performing composer Ann Cleare’s where colbalt waves live at multiple venues, and performing alongside trombonist Will Lang in Augusta, GA on the Tuesday’s Music Live series.
Other diverse appearances include a live radio interview on KZYX’s The Mind of the Composer with composer Jay Sydeman, chamber music performances in Urbania, Italy, an ensemble performance on toy piano at Pier 17 for Make Music New York, two Bach Prelude and Fugue Marathons at the McRoskey Mattress Co. (where she was praised for her “sympathetic musicianship”) and shows at Le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos, Berkeley Arts Festival, and Bargemusic. Showcasing her musical range, Anne toured to Germany and Austria with the band CocoRosie, where she composed music to a dance premiere alongside film composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrianns of Stenfert Charles. She has attended residencies at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute and the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Retreat. Anne has also worked with members of San Francisco Contemporary Players, Del Sol Quartet, loadbang, and Oracle Hysterical, among others.
Anne has also performed alongside percussionist Jude Traxler as the contemporary piano-percussion duo futureCities. Anne and Jude have held a residency at Louisiana State University and played on Vicky Chow’s Contagious Sounds series. They also performed at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Princeton University, and the Kennedy Center. Anne and Jude were invited to play at the Switchboard Music Festival and at the Center for New Music alongside The Living Earth Show in a 2-day, double bill presentation, and on the NY Sound Circuit series at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, where Anne was delighted to play on Cage’s own piano.
Anne holds a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received the Kraeuter Musical Foundation Award for “excellence in chamber music performance.” While in graduate school, she studied under the tutelage of Anthony de Mare and Christopher Oldfather, who affectionately referred to her as a “special kind of extraterrestrial.” She has recorded for Original Abstractions, Bourbon Thomas Records, Pinna Records, and Oberlin Conservatory’s Aural Capacity series. Anne also attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, Aspen Music Festival, and Brevard Music Center during her student days. She currently teaches at her home studio in Oakland and curates a monthly contemporary music gathering called the Vernon Salon Series. When not at the piano, she can be found running long distances, camping, watching baseball games, reading fiction, or hanging out with her cat, Ernie.