Principal, New York Chamber Ensemble; Greenwich Symphony Orchestra; Co-director, Sherman Chamber Ensemble; Aaron Copland School of Music; Columbia University
Susan Rotholz, winner of 1986 Young Concert Artists with Hexagon Piano and Winds and Concert Artists Guild as a soloist in 1981, has been praised by the New York Times as "irresistible in both music and performance."
Principal flute of the Greenwich Symphony, Encores! at City Center, the New York Chamber Ensemble, Susan has performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician. For twenty-five years she was principal flute of the New England Bach Festival and is currently a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The New York Pops, and Little Orchestra Society. She has toured extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and performs with the American Symphony, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Susan is co-founder/director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble and the Rodeph Sholom Chamber Music Series and performs regularly with the Cape May Music Festival, Greenwich Chamber Players, Wind Soloists of New York, Saratoga Chamber Players and the Sebago Long Lake Chamber Music Festival. Other festival appearances include Grand Teton, Caramoor, and the Marlboro Music Festivals.
Susan recorded the complete Bach Flute Sonatas and the Solo Partita with Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, on the Bridge Records label, which the Wall Street Journal described as "eloquent and musically persuasive." Susan has commissioned and premiered many new works by such composers as Robert Beaser, Elizabeth Brown and Edie Hill and has recoreded George Crumb's Night of Four Moons with the acclaimed soprano, Dawn Upshaw, for Nonesuch Records.
A devoted teacher and chamber music coach, Susan teaches at Columbia University, Queens College: Aaron Copland School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College. Her principal teachers were Thomas Nyfenger and Marcel Moyse and she holds degrees from Queens College (BM) and Yale School of Music (MM). In 2002 she received the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking. She lives in New York with her cellist/song writer husband, Eliot Bailen, and their three children.