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 and chamber musician. Anne has performed in venues and festivals throughout the US and Europe, including the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria and Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany with the band CocoRosie, as well as the Kennedy Center, Princeton University, University of California San Diego, Louisiana State University, and and Z Space, among others. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, where she received the Kraeuter Musical Foundation Award for “excellence in chamber music performance.” Anne also curates a monthly musical gathering in Oakland called the Vernon Salon Series. 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 Bach Partita Marathon in April 2020 on the Old First Series in San Francisco.
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 trombonist William Lang, mezzo-soprano Melinda Becker, and percussionist/composer Jude Traxler. A feisty agent for new music, Anne has presented contemporary solos at Cornelia Street Café, CNMAT, NY Sound Series, Switchboard Music Festival, BLUEPRINTS Piano Series, and the Center for New Music, and has also performed with the Mendocino Music Festival and Nevada County Composers Cooperative on multiple occasions.
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, a trio performance at Mass MOCA, a concerto premiere at UC San Diego, two Bach Prelude and Fugue Marathons at the McRoskey Mattress Co. (where she was praised for her “sympathetic musicianship”) and other shows at Le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos, Berkeley Arts Festival, Areté Venue and Gallery, and Bargemusic. During the recent 18/19 season, she toured South Carolina and Georgia with trombonist William Lang, released her Goldberg Variations solo CD in December 2018, and performanced with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in Laura Schwendinger’s opera Artemisia. Showcasing her musical range, Anne toured to Germany and Austria with the band CocoRosie in 2012, where she composed and workshopped semi-improvised dance music 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, Bang on a Can All Stars, sfSound, loadbang, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Oracle Hysterical, among others. She is a 2019 recipient of an InterMusic SF Musical Grant alongside her New Moon Duo partner, mezzo soprano Melinda Becker.
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 in 2013 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 a NY Sound Circuit series show 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.” Anne also attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, Aspen Music Festival, and Brevard Music Center, where she was a concerto competition winner, during her student days. Her first solo album, J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, was released in December 2018, and 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 in Oakland, CA called the Vernon Salon Series. When not at the piano, she can be found running long distances, hanging out with her ornery cat Ernie, or reading excessively.