Oakland, California-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 and chamber musician. Anne has performed in venues and festivals throughout the US and Europe, including the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria, Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany, the Kennedy Center, Princeton University, University of California San Diego, Louisiana State University, and Le Poisson Rouge, among others. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. Anne also curates a monthly musical gathering out of her home called the Vernon Salon Series. In 2018, she released her first solo album, J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Anne is a 2019 recipient of an InterMusic SF Musical Grant. Highlights of the 19/20 season include the release of a solo piano album featuring the music of Jude Traxler, a performance of Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto with Mendocino College, and a performance art collaboration with mixed media artist Victoria Welling.
Anne Rainwater is a dexterous pianist 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 composers Stuart Saunders Smith, Nils Vigeland, Jude Traxler, Danny Clay, and Matthew Hough, among others. She works regularly with visual artist Victoria Welling, percussionist/composer Jude Traxler and trombonist William Lang with whom she has a long-term commissioning project focusing on underrepresented communities in the low brass world.
Diverse appearances include radio interviews on KZYX, KALW, and KALX, chamber music performances at Mass MOCA, and concerto performances at UC San Diego and Mendocino College. She has taken part in two Bach Prelude and Fugue Marathons in San Francisco, where she was praised for her “sympathetic musicianship.” Anne has performed multiple times at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and San Francisco’s Z Space Theater over the course of her career. Other notable appearances include New York’s Le Poisson Rouge and Georgia’s Tuesday’s Music Live series.
Guest artist appearances include UC Berkeley, Wichita State University, and Cal State East Bay, where she presented a lecture recital on the Goldberg Variations. Showcasing her musical range, Anne toured with the band CocoRosie as part of their musical team at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany and the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria. She has also worked with members of San Francisco Contemporary Players, Del Sol Quartet, Bang on a Can All Stars, sfSound, loadbang, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Oracle Hysterical. Anne is a 2019 recipient of an InterMusic SF Musical Grant.
Alongside percussionist Jude Traxler, Anne has performed as the contemporary piano-percussion duo futureCities. Anne and Jude held a residency at Louisiana State University, and they also performed at the Kennedy Center, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Princeton University, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, where Anne was delighted to play on Cage’s own piano. Together, they released an album of all electronic keyboard music in July of 2020, entitled Anywhere But Here.
Anne’s first solo album, J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, was released independently in December 2018. She has also recorded for Original Abstractions, Bourbon Thomas Records, Pinna Records, Subliminal Sounds, and Oberlin Conservatory’s Aural Capacity series. Anne curates a monthly contemporary music gathering out of her home called the Vernon Salon Series. She has trained in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and is very interested in the brain’s understanding and mapping of concepts through a variety of sensory inputs and networks. She has started work on her first book, which is a systems-level analysis of the internal and external ecosystems related to understanding, practicing, and performing music. Anne belongs to Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fees to organizations they care about, and she supports Liberation in a Generation and the Milo Foundation through her performances.
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 pianists Anthony de Mare and Christopher Oldfather, who affectionately referred to her as a “special kind of extraterrestrial.” When not at the piano or writing, she can be found running long distances, reading, or watching baseball.